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Burdock root - effect and application

Effect and areas of application of the burdock root

The burdock root (Bardanae radix) has many other names. Examples are Bardane, Butzenklette, Dollkraut, Grindwurz, hair growth root, hedgehog chain, glue root, burdock thistle and Wolfweed. In the past, the roots of the plant were roasted and a kind of coffee was made from them. Burdock is at home in Europe, North America and North Asia. It grows in forests and along roadsides. The “drug”, the remedy, is prepared from the roots of the plant.

Profile of the burdock root

  • Scientific name: Bardanae radix
  • Common names (Selection): Bardane, Butzenklette, Dollkraut, Pilot root, hair growth root, hedgehog chain, glue root, burdock thistle and Wolfwort
  • family: Asteraceae (Asteraceae)
  • distribution: Europe and Western Asia, main distribution area is Europe, with the exception of the Iberian Peninsula and northern Scandinavia. It was introduced into North America.
  • Used plant parts: Root
  • ingredients (Selection): inulin, essential oil, mucilage, bitter substances
  • Applications in folk medicine (Selection):
  • ingredients

    The burdock root contains, among other things, inulin (soluble fiber), essential oil, mucilage, bitter substances, sulphurous substances and caffeic acid derivatives.

    Burdock root - effects

    The burdock root is considered a radical catcher. It has an anti-inflammatory, slightly diuretic and antibacterial effect. It is also considered to stimulate the liver and gall bladder. Bardanae radix was already used in ancient Greece. Later Hildegard von Bingen and Pastor Kneipp turned to this plant. It was especially valued for its positive effects on hair loss and eczema.

    The already mentioned name "Grindwurzel" indicates encrustations. Because the burdock root has a positive effect on encrusted wounds, cradle cap, ulcers and psoriasis.

    Burdock root oil for external use

    Burdock root oil has a wide variety of uses. It has a positive effect on hair, skin, eyelashes and eyebrows. It is essential to pay attention to purity and quality.

    Hair loss

    Hair loss can have many different causes. If these are unknown and you would like to make do with a simple home remedy, burdock root oil is the right choice.

    This is slightly warmed up in the evening before going to bed and massaged into the scalp. A towel is wrapped over it, which increases the effect and protects the bed linen overnight. The burdock root oil increases blood circulation, which is supposed to stimulate hair growth. Of course, the effect does not set in after a single application. The whole thing should be done at least once a week for several weeks.

    Dry, damaged hair, split ends

    With dry and / or damaged hair and split ends, no expensive remedy is necessary - the burdock root oil does a good job here. If the ends of the hair are particularly affected, they are regularly pampered with a little burdock root oil. For damaged hair and / or dryness, an oil treatment is done once or twice a week.

    To do this, the oil is warmed up, massaged into the scalp and hair and then a cloth is wrapped around it. The hair oil should work for one to two hours, or overnight. A tip for the subsequent washing: First massage some shampoo into the hair before the hair is wet. This way the oil will dissolve better.

    For healthy eyelashes

    Every woman wants healthy, full and curved eyelashes. However, not everyone wants to use a chemical eyelash serum right away. Burdock root oil is a good, above all healthy and inexpensive alternative. Every evening a little oil is applied to the eyelashes with an eyelash brush, it makes them supple, they are nourished and they get a nice shine.

    The oil can also be applied to the eyebrows. They also benefit from it. Here it should be reminded again that it is essential to pay attention to the purity of the oil - especially if it is used in the area of ​​the eyes.

    Burdock root oil against psoriasis

    Burdock root oil has its place in the natural treatment of psoriasis. If there are foci on the scalp, the procedure is the same as for hair loss - the oil is warmed up slightly, massaged into the scalp and covered with a towel overnight. The psoriasis can be rubbed directly with the oil on the rest of the body.

    Another option is to rub the oil over a large area, let it soak in and then rinse it off with lukewarm water and gently dab the skin. The skin is particularly happy about this care if the person concerned has already had cortisone treatment.

    Insect bites

    Insect bites are dabbed with a little burdock root oil. This will take the inflammation and relieve some of the itchiness.

    Cradle cap

    The appearance of cradle cap is a bit reminiscent of milk that has accumulated on the bottom of a saucepan while cooking. This affects babies, mainly in the first two to three months of life. But older babies and toddlers can also suffer from it.

    The greasy, yellowish pieces of skin that occur with cradle cap can mainly be seen on the head. The reason for this is still relatively unclear. Perhaps the mother's hormones are “to blame” for this. It is being discussed that children who are affected are more likely to develop neurodermatitis or pollen allergy later on.

    To get rid of the cradle cap, burdock root oil is a good help. To do this, the affected area of ​​the baby is gently rubbed with a few drops of high-quality oil. A cotton hat is recommended to protect the bed linen.

    Burdock root - internal use

    The burdock root is mainly used internally in the form of tea. This is used for blood purification, to stimulate liver and biliary activity, for rheumatism and gout. It also has a diuretic and detoxifying effect. A cold approach is necessary for this: Half a liter of cold water is poured over one and a half tablespoons of the root. This then has to take about five hours. Then the whole thing is boiled for about a minute and then strained.

    The tea can also be used externally in the form of compresses. The burdock root has an antibiotic and also anti-inflammatory effect. It can help with a wide variety of skin problems such as eczema, boils, abscesses and acne.

    For this purpose, the affected areas are covered with a cloth dipped in burdock root tea and this is repeated several times a day. In the case of dandruff and seborrhea (overproduction of skin oils), the scalp is dabbed off with the tea. As already mentioned, the burdock root is also known as a hair restorer. Instead of oil, you can use tea to massage the scalp regularly.

    The antibacterial effect of the burdock root is used for acne. Freshly brewed, slightly cooled tea is applied to the affected areas with a cotton swab - ideally twice a day.

    Burdock root tea - recipes

    The burdock root is used in naturopathy as part of a detoxification process. The following two tea recipes can be used for this:

    Tea mixture 1
    Mugwort, gundrum, burdock root, goldenrod, dandelion root and chicory are mixed in equal parts. For a large cup, about 250 milliliters of boiling water is poured over a teaspoon and strained after 10 minutes. Dose: Three cups a day for four to six weeks.

    Tea mixture 2
    This recipe is especially good for liver detoxification and liver strengthening. Nettle, dandelion, milk thistle and burdock root are mixed in equal parts. A teaspoon of it is scalded with a quarter of a liter of boiling water and strained after about seven to eight minutes. This tea is also drunk three times a day over a period of four to six weeks. (sw)

    Author and source information

    This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.

    Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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    Important NOTE:
    This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.