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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Burdock (Arctium Lappa)

If you walked through the woods you might find you or your dog covered in burrs. You might know that these were the inspiration of the invention of velcro but did you know that the plants roots, and leaves have been used in cleansing remedies for a long time. This herb is valued by herbalist for its ability to detoxify blood. In Russia burdock juice is rubbed on bald heads to stimulate hair growth. To heal fungal or bacterial infections, such as athlete's foot and acne, wash the effected area twice daily until cleared with burdock syrup. Taking burdock tea 3 times daily will help clear toxins. Burdock used to cleanse the skin, as an antibiotic, and purify the blood. This plant prefers a moist, well-drained soil and partial shade. Sow fresh seeds in autumn. Harvest roots of one-year-old plants in spring and use them fresh or dried, contains most active ingredients when used fresh.

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