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Arctium minus (Hill) Bernh.
The burdock is one of the most valuable of medicinal plants. It is a wonderful blood purifier and cleansing tea, making it valuable as a spring tonic tea.
One of the functions of burdock is to cleanse the liver by stimulating the flow of bile. The plant has been used for many purposes including for skin problems, and as an antidote for poisonous foods, including mushrooms.
The leaves are an excellent tonic for the stomach, especially for ulcers and indigestion problems generally.
This tonic tea is prepared by using an ounce of the dried root or leaves to a pint and a half of water, and allowing it to simmer down to a pint.
A good dosage is a wineglassful two to four times daily - for example, for a period of two to three weeks.
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