Arctium lappa or Bardana: properties for skin and uses

Arctium lappa: the properties of burdock for skin and benefits for boils, hemorrhoids and hair lossThe Arctium lappa is counted among the plants with draining action, since its assumption facilitates the elimination of toxins, through the excretory organs (liver, kidney, intestine, skin, lungs), Burdock – Arctium lappa – is a rustic plant widespread throughout Italy, and prefers dry, uncultivated land.

Given its depurative action, Arctium lappa is considered a friend of the skin and is frequently used successfully in the treatment of acne and boils; to obtain results in this sense, it is appropriate to associate oral intake (mother tincture, decoction) with targeted topical treatments (washes, compresses, lotions) so as to create that synergy between the internal and external part of the symbolism linked to the skin (see dedicated paragraph )

Among the other virtues associated with Arctium lappa are properties:

  • antiseptic
  • hypoglycemic
  • Choleretic (favor the increase of bile secretion )
  • antirheumatic
  • Antibiotics (fresh root decoction);
  • cicatrizant

While not presenting particular contraindications, it is advisable to opt for a personalized consultation, before proceeding to the intake of the burdock, as an organism that needs purification must be stimulated according to its own specific needs, in order to avoid undesired effects.

Arctium lappa or Bardana: use without contraindications

A common use of burdock is in the preparation of poultices, useful in case of:

  • hair loss ;
  • furunculosis;
  • ulcers and hemorrhoids .

Now let’s see how to proceed with the preparation of the individual cataplasms.

Combat hair loss with burdock

  • 10 g of cut root and very small pieces,
  • 40 dl of water

Put the cold water in a saucepan together with the root and cover everything; let it boil for about 15 minutes; use a gauze to filter and crush the softened root until you get a mush. Rub the affected area at least once a day for 5/10 minutes.

Arctium lappa (Burdock and boils, how to rebalance the skin (furunculosis)

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped root,
  • 1 cup of water

Put the cold water in a saucepan together with the root; let it boil until all the water has evaporated. Spread the poultice on the painful area and leave for about 15 minutes. Gently remove by rinsing with cold water. Apply a few drops of rice oil (soothing).

Scarring cataplasm with Arctium lappa for ulcers

  • Ingredients: a handful of fresh leaves

After having washed and dried the leaves, crush them to obtain a pulp and apply, with the help of a gauze, on the affected area.

Burdock and hemorrhoids

  • Ingredients: a handful of fresh leaves washed and dried,
  • a glass of milk .

Cook the fresh leaves in the milk, until completely evaporated; Place the leaves on a sterile gauze and apply to the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat twice a day.

Benefits for the skin of the Arctium lappa

The skin is the body’s external nervous system, and derives from the embryonic leaflet (ectoderm) which also gives rise to the sensory organs, which are responsible for informing the organism of what happens outside.
The skin, in particular, is therefore the boundary between the individual and the surrounding world.
Having said this, one can easily guess its function of “unifying” the various parts of the body and expression of our individuality.

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