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Burdock, large (Arctium lappa)



blood purifying, skin purifying, diaphoretic, antibacterial, diuretic, antifungal

Areas of application:

Headaches, wound healing, rheumatism, lung diseases, blood purifier, it revitalizes the kidney and skin secretions, water retention, chronic skin diseases, boils, suppurations, rashes, herpes, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, acne, impetigo, ringworm, insect bites, poorly healing ulcers, helps when rebuilding the intestines after taking antibiotics (for fungal and bacterial infections), supports the excretion of heavy metals and toxins via urine, stomach ulcers, irritation of the gastric mucosa, poor digestion, flatulence, blistering in the throat, stimulates the uterus during birth preparation and a uterine prolapse, regulates menstrual bleeding, dislocations, pain after an injury, poor hair growth, hair loss, hemorrhoids, lichen, corns, burns, lichen, gout, stone diseases, regulates blood sugar, cancer, iron deficiency, bruises, wounds, lowers blood sugar, strengthens the immune system , reduces osteoarthritis, inflammation, cough

Plant parts used:

Root, leaves and seeds

Collection time:


To find:

Mostly in rubble dumps, on dams and on stream banks.


Inulin, sitosterol, phytosterol, essential oils, polyacetylene, tannins, protein, fat, bitter substances


☕ Tea: 2 teaspoons of burdock root are added to 1/4 liter of cold water, then brought to the boil in a pot and allowed to steep a little. 3 cups of tea per day are sufficient.

The burdock is a two -year -old plant that can grow up to 3 m high. Your stems are branched, rough and mostly sparsely hairy. The taproot can grow up to 90 cm deep into the ground. The plant forms a 3.75 cm wide, flat grape made of small purple flowers, which looks like a single flower and is surrounded by a rosette made of shell leaves. The leaves are changeable and stalked. They are triangular-wide oval, usually heart-shaped and have wavy edges. On the underside they are hairy and gray and grow in Rosetten in the first year. The seeds are flat, slightly curved and have a gray -brown color. She has a dark spotted axis with short yellow, hook -shaped hair at the top.

The root, young leaves and stems can be used as wild vegetables. The root contains 50% inulin and is an ideal food for diabetics. You can also make a stomach bitters with dandelion. The root was previously used as a coffee substitute.

Burdocks have an anti-demonic effect. On St. John's Day (June 24th) a large burdock or mugwort is placed over the stable door so that the cattle are not bewitched.

Hildegard of Bingen: The leaves are dangerous for humans to eat raw or cooked, except for someone who has a stone growing in their body. Then boil the leaves in good wine, and drink this wine warm after dinner and on an empty stomach, and the stone will be crushed by its strength. Also make flowers into powder, and sprinkle this on sores on the head, and then wash the head with beech ash, and it will be better.

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