Product: Burdock Root Tincture
Latin Name: Arctium lappa syn. Arctium majus, Arcion majus, Arcion tomentosum, Lappa glabra.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Other Names: Greater burdock, Edible burdock, Lappa, Beggar's Button, Fox's Clote, Thorny Burr, Cockle Buttons, Love Leaves, Happy Major, Clot-Bur, Bardana, Bardana-Minor, Bardane, Bardane Comestible, Bardane Géante, Bardane Majeure, Cockle Buttons, Gobo, Glouteron, Grande Bardane, Hardock, Harebur, Herbe aux Teigneux, Herbe du Teigneux, Lappa, Niu Bang Zi, Orelha-de-Gigante, Personata & Rhubarbe du Diable.
Description: Our Burdock Root tincture is an infused alcoholic solution, at a ratio of 1:3 (25% alcohol). Greater Burdock is a biennial plant that reaches a height of up to 2 metres, and is native to Europe and Asia; it can also be found growing in the United States. It has large, alternating, heart shaped leaves that attach to the stem. The flowers have purple flowers on the tip of prickly globe shapes bracts and are 1-3 cm across, composed of purple disc florets surrounded by several rows of overlapping hooked bracts. The flowers dry out and become brown in the autumn when the seed is produced.
Brief History: In the 17th century, Culpeper recommended the root of burdock be mixed with wine to ease serpent bites and said that ‘the root beaten with a little salt and laid on the place, suddenly easeth the pain thereof’. In the 19th century botanical herbalists used extracts of burdock root to treat cases of psoriasis and syphilis. Dr Fernie writes that the root was also prescribed in tinctured form for treating a person’s ‘depressed state of mental health’, as a decoction the root was also used as a skin wash for itchy skin.
SUGGESTED USEAdd the tincture to lotions, creams and salves for the skin. The tincture can also be added to water to make a wash for soothing itchy skin. No other non-medicinal uses for this herb are known.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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