Autumn preparations of dandelion and burdock roots, I use traditional medicine as a medicinal raw material. The range of applications of these plants is quite wide.
Dandelion root has an anti-inflammatory, choleretic, diuretic, antispasmodic, mild laxative effect; helps to stimulate appetite and improve digestion; has a beneficial effect on metabolism.
Burdock root is used as a diuretic, diaphoretic, anti-inflammatory, wound healing, weak choleretic, tonic, immunostimulating agent; it also contributes to the normalization of metabolism, improves the condition of the skin and strengthens the hair.
The roots are dug out with a pitchfork or shovel, shaken off, cut off the aboveground part and thin side roots, washed in cold water. Dandelion roots should be kept in the air for a few days (until the juice ceases to stand out); at the roots of burdock, remove the rough skin. The prepared raw materials are cut into pieces and dried in a well-ventilated room or dryer at a temperature of +40…+45 degrees (104-113°F). The shelf life of dry raw materials is up to 5 years.
Contraindications to the use of dandelion root are hyperacid gastritis, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum against the background of increased acidity of gastric juice, as well as a predisposition to diarrhea. Contraindications to the use of burdock root have not been established.
In today’s selection-recipes based on dandelion and burdock roots, used for various skin and hair problems.
- Decoction of dandelion roots
1 tablespoon of dry crushed raw materials pour 1 cup of hot boiled water, bring to a boil, cook on low heat for 15 minutes, cool at room temperature, strain. For boils, take 3 times a day 15 minutes before meals, 1/3 cup.
- Decoction of dandelion and burdock roots
Mix 1 tablespoon of dried crushed dandelion and burdock roots, pour 3 cups of cold water in the evening, insist overnight, bring to a boil in the morning and boil over low heat for 10 minutes. Cool, strain. For skin rashes, boils, acne and other skin problems associated with metabolic disorders, take 2-3 times a day before meals, 0.5 cups.
- Infusion of burdock roots
1 tablespoon of crushed dry raw materials pour 2 cups of boiling water, wrap (you can use a thermos), insist 1-1. 5 hours, strain. Apply: externally – for washing and lotions with various skin lesions, rubbing into the scalp with hair loss; inside-with boils, eczema-for 3-7 weeks 3-4 times a day for 0.5 cups of warm infusion.
- Decoction of burdock and calendula for hair loss
Mix 2 tablespoons of dry crushed burdock roots and marigold inflorescences, pour the mixture into 1 liter of cold water, bring to a boil and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes. Strain, squeeze out the raw material. In case of hair loss, use a decoction for daily rubbing into the scalp or rinsing the hair after washing (at least 2 times a week).
- Ointment from fresh burdock root
50 g (1.8 oz) of fresh peeled roots crushed, mixed with 50 g (1.8 oz) of pork fat. For boils, urticaria, eczema, sunburn, lubricate the affected skin several times a day until healing.
- Burdock oil
100 g (3.5 oz) of crushed roots pour 1 cup of olive or almond oil, insist in a dark place at room temperature for 7-10 days, strain. In case of hair loss, rub the oil into the scalp daily. This remedy is also used in the treatment of burns, frostbite, wounds.
- Burdock root oil extract
80 g (2.8 oz) of fresh crushed roots pour 1 cup of sunflower oil, insist at room temperature for a day, then heat to a boil and cook over low heat for 15 minutes. Filter it out. Use it to lubricate the affected areas for ulcers, difficult to heal wounds, bedsores, burns.
- Burdock root tincture with aloe
Mix 100 g (3.5 oz) of fresh peeled and crushed burdock root and aloe leaves, add 100 g (3.5 oz) of honey, mix thoroughly, pour 0.5 liters of vodka, clog, insist in a dark warm place for 2 weeks, strain. For itching, allergic rashes, eczema, acne, boils, it is used to lubricate the affected areas of the skin.