Herbal Remedies Made From The
The Burdock plant has long been used in herbal remedies to
treat a variety of ailments. Burdock has traditionally been
thought of as a good plant for creating cleansing remedies.
The Burdock plant is well known of its hooked burrs, which
are notorious for attaching themselves to clothing. This aspect
of the Burdock plant is registered in its Latin scientific
name, Arctium lappa, which is derived from the Greek
lappa, which means to seize.
Burdock has also traditionally been used as a blood
purifier. In the past it has often been combined with dandelion
and burdock wine to create a healing tonic for indigestion.
In China, the seeds of the Burdock plant are known as niu
bang zi, and it is used to get rid of fevers and evil
spirits. It is also used in Chinese medicine to lower blood
Three parts of the Burdock plant is used to create herbal
remedies: the root, its seeds, and its leaves. The root of the
Burdock plant is often used by the Japanese to treat a variety
of ailments. They think of the Burdock root as a vegetable that
they call godo. Western herbalists too also consider the
root of the Burdock plant to be the most important. In the
West, herbalists use the Burdock plant root as a cleansing and
It is often used in cases where a buildup of toxins is
suspected. Symptoms of toxin buildup include skin problems,
digestive ailments, arthritic pains, or overall sluggishness.
Parts of the Burdock root are often used externally to treat
infections and skin sores. The Burdock root is most commonly
harvested in the fall.
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Another commonly used part of the Burdock plant is the seeds.
The seeds of the Burdock plant are used in several healing
remedies of many healing traditions. For instance, the American
Eclectic school of healing has traditionally integrated the
Burdock seeds as a diuretic or to create healing skin tonics.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the seeds are often used to
treat common colds that are characterized by an unproductive
cough and sore throat. The seeds of the Burdock plant are
traditionally harvested in late summer.
The leaves of the Burdock plant are also
harvested to create several herbal remedies. In general,
however, the leaves of the Burdock plant are thought to be less
effective than other parts, especially the root. The leaves of
the Burdock plant are most commonly used to create a healing
tonic for common stomach complaints, including indigestion and
overall digestive weakness. The leaves of the Burdock plant are
harvested before or during their flowering.
There are several practical applications for
the Aloe Vera plant. The Aloe Vera gel can be
applied directly to burns, wounds, fungal
infections, insect bites, and areas of dry
skin. You can simply split the
Aloe Vera leaf and apply the gel directly.
You can also collect the gel from several split
leaves of the Aloe Vera plant to make an
The gel of Aloe Vera can also be inhaled as
a steam inhalation to treat bronchial
A tincture can also be made from its leaves
and taken as an appetite stimulant.
To create an herbal remedy using the Burdock
plant, one easy way is to infuse the Burdock plant leaves to
create a hot tea to treat indigestion. It is recommended that
Burdock tea be used to treat indigestion and that it be taken
in half-cup doses before meals. Burdock tea can also be taken
as a mild digestive stimulant. Another herbal remedy you can
make from the Burdock plant is to take the root of the plant
and create a poultice that can be applied to skin sores and leg