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Arctium lappa – Burdock

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) belongs to the thistle family, it grows in the wild throughout Europe and Asia and has a very long history as a medicinal herb.

Burdock leaves form in a heart shape and are dark green in colour turning grey at the bottom of the leaf. The leaves are covered in tiny hairs giving a velvety texture. These leaves are naturally rich in tanning substances, bitter substances, essential oils and mucilage.

Properties: This unique herb is a traditional medicine known for its diuretic properties which help eliminate water retention and expel toxic properties from the blood through urine. It also has anti-inflamitory and blood purifying properties and has a positive effect on skin functionality and repair.

Directions for use: As tea – decoction – or for an external compress.

Tea: 1 tablespoon herb in 3 cups of water and let it boil gently for 15 minutes. It is recommended to consume 2-3 cups of Burdock tea per day.

To make a decoction bring the mixture back to boil until the desired concentrate has been created, you can also use this again in a compress.

Dried Burdock can also be added to protection incense or be placed in a house to repel negativity. Astology: Pluto/Moon.

Warning: Do not use during pregnancy or in combination with blood thinning medication and do not take alongside Gingko Biloba. Consult  your doctor or Nutritionist before use.