17. Lesser Burdock

No 17
Common Name: Lesser Burdock
Scientific Name: Arctium minus
Irish Name: Cnádán
Family: Asteraceae
Habitat: roadsides and waste places
Uses: 17th century herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper wrote of Lesser Burdock: ‘the seed being drunk in wine forty days together, doth wonderfully help the sciatica’ and also ‘the juice of the leaves, or rather the roots themselves, given to drink with old wine, doth wonderfully help the bitings of serpent’.

Our own folklore says ‘Burdock is used to cure skin diseases’

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