Burdock

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Burdock
Cat Given Name : Burdock
Other Name(s) : Thorny Burr
Description :

A stout handsome plant, with large, wavy leaves and round heads of purple flowers. It is enclosed in a globular involucre of long stiff scales with hooked tips, the scales being also often interwoven with a white, cottony substance.

The whole plant is a dull, pale green, the stem about 3 to 4 feet and branched, rising from a biennial root. The lower leaves are very large, on long, solid foot-stalks, furrowed above, frequently more than a foot long heart-shaped and of a grey colour on their under surfaces from the mass of fine down with which they are covered. The upper leaves are much smaller, more egg-shaped in form and not so densely clothed beneath with the grey down.

Properties :

Burdock is well-known for its ability to purify, both internally and externally. It is also commonly used to cool wounds and aid healing.

Related Knowledge
Complaints : Burn, Abrasion, Damaged Tooth, Fleas,
Symptoms : Infection,
Species :
Seasonal Availabilities by Territory *
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
* To find a plant that is not available in an area, it must first be approved by the Game Admins. Please PM one of the Admin Team for that permission.
^ The listed seasons are those in which the herb is ready in some way for harvest. Consult the collection methods below for details.
Collecting & Storing Leaves
When to Collect : Early Greenleaf
How to Collect : The leaves should be plucked from the plant, taking care to select only those of good green color that have not been eaten by insects.
How to Preserve : The leaves should be laid in full sun to dry.
How to Store : Store in loose piles in a cool, dry place.
Collecting & Storing Roots
When to Collect : Mid to Late Greenleaf
How to Collect : The roots should be dug carefully, never taking more than half the roots in a growth area so as not to destroy the plot of the Clans. Take care not to keep any that are overly soft or at all worm-eaten.
How to Preserve : The roots should be washed, then laid in full sun until fully dried.
How to Store : Store in neat piles in a cool, dry place.
Collecting & Storing Seeds
When to Collect : Late Greenleaf to early Leaf-fall
How to Collect : The seeds should be shaken from the plant and fall on their own from the buds.
How to Preserve : The seeds should be dried slowly in the shade to best preserve their healing powers.
How to Store : store in loose piles in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Usage Information
Leaves : Crush and apply externally at the site of a snakebite to ease pain.
Leaves : Crush and apply externally where sores are ulcers are located to aid in healing.
Leaves : Crush and apply externally to areas of poor circulation.
Roots : Chew and apply externally to treat infection.
Seeds : Consuming seeds of burdock will bring relaxation to a cat.
Seeds : Crushed seeds may be rubbed on areas of dry skin to relieve the itch and start the healing process.