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Arctium tomentosum | Woolly Burdock

Botanical Overview of Woolly Burdock

  • Scientific Name: Arctium tomentosum

  • Common Names: Woolly Burdock, Downy Burdock

  • Family: Asteraceae

  • Description: A biennial plant with large, heart-shaped leaves covered in a woolly texture. It produces globular flower heads with purple florets and spiny bracts that form burs.

burdock botanical illustration

Properties of Woolly Burdock

  • Chemical Constituents: Inulin, mucilage, polyacetylenes, bitter glycosides, tannins, and volatile oils.

  • Edibility: Roots, leaves, and seeds are edible. Roots are commonly used in herbal medicine and can be eaten cooked.

Distribution and Habitat of Woolly Burdock

  • Native Range: Europe and Northern Asia.

  • Preferred Habitat: Thrives in disturbed soils, along roadsides, fields, and waste places. Prefers well-drained, nutrient-rich soils.

Medicinal Properties and Uses of Woolly Burdock

  • Traditional Uses: Used as a blood purifier, diuretic, and to treat skin conditions.

  • Modern Applications: Applied in herbal remedies for detoxification, treating acne, eczema, and psoriasis. The root is also used to support liver health and improve digestion.

Magical Correspondences and Uses in Magical Practice of Woolly Burdock

  • Element: Earth

  • Planet: Jupiter

  • Magical Properties: Protection, healing, and warding off negativity.

  • Uses: Woolly Burdock is used in protection spells and to ward off negative energies. It can be carried as an amulet or used in baths and incense for its protective qualities. The plant is also associated with healing and can be included in rituals to promote health and recovery.

Folklore, Legends, and Mythology of Woolly Burdock

  • Historical Context: Used in traditional European herbal medicine for centuries.

  • Folklore: Burdock was believed to have protective properties against evil spirits and was often planted around homes and stables.

  • Mythology: In some cultures, burdock was associated with protection and strength, symbolizing resilience and the ability to ward off harmful influences.

Historical Literary Sources

  • Nicholas Culpeper's "The English Physician" (1652): Details the medicinal uses of burdock, including its applications for skin conditions and purification.

  • John Gerard's "Herball" (1597): Discusses the uses of burdock in traditional herbal medicine, emphasizing its healing properties.


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