Greater Burdock Arctium lappa (Compositae)

Other Names: beggar’s buttons, lappa, cuckoo button, flapper-bags, bardana, clotburr, gypsy’s rhizome
Traditional Uses:psoriasis, eczema, throat and chest ailments
Magical Uses:
Description: Short plant with a rosette of large white backed rhubarb-like leaves atop strong vertical roots which grow up to 3 feet long. In the summer, thick and hairy stems growing up to 6 feet tall bear reddish purpleflowers, followed by seedheads with hooked spines that last all winter long.

Uses: Use slowly dried roots and dried seeds for medicinal uses. Used as a folk remedy to treat such skin problems as psoriasis and eczema, seeds used for threat and chest ailments. Used some places as a vegetable. The chopped roots are valuable cooked for their high insulin content.

Infusion: Used to prepare more delicate parts of plants. 3 cups of water to 1 ounce dry herb or 1?

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Melanie Hooten was a Isian and Correllian High Priestess. She studied Wicca for over 15 years, before her sudden passing in 2015, age 36. Melanie was a light in the world, and her writing are left here as a testament to her love of the Earth, and of the Goddess.


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