Wild teasel (Dipsacus fullonum, syn. Dipsacus sylvestris)
Other common names: Fuller’s teasel (wild species, as opposed to the cultivated species, which may also be called Fuller’s teasel…both varieties may also be referred to as “common teasel”).
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Diaphoretic, diuretic, aperient laxative, stomachic, digestive tonic, liver tonic, bitter, anti-inflammatory, circulatory stimulant, antimicrobial, analgesic.
The root is harvested in early autumn of the plant’s first year. After the first year, the root loses its medicinal potency.
Part used: Root.
Theophylline, theine (caffeine), tannins, volatile oils, boheic and gallotannic acids.
Indications: Used to ease constipation, inflammation and pain, improve digestive function, tone and cleanse the liver, treat jaundice, boost appetite, detoxify the body, and has been implemented in treatments for Lyme disease. It has the ability to target the Lyme disease spirochetes, and eliminate them via the bloodstream (this process may cause detox side effects during the treatment – be sure to drink plenty of water). Can act as a nervous system stimulant.
The root is dried and used in decoctions, tinctures and other preparations.
Decoctions, ointments and poultices can be made with the root, and applied to skin irritations, abscesses, swellings, cuts, warts and other topical injuries. It can also be used in an eyewash.
Contraindications: Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Do not use in patients with severe kidney stones, obstructed bile duct or large gallstones, or those retaining water due to kidney disease. In the case of Lyme disease, do not use if there have been symptoms affecting the heart. Use caution if the patient has a sensitivity to caffeine or other stimulants. May cause anxiety in sensitive individuals, and anyone with a heart condition should consult their physician before using.
I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.
Energetic/traditional use: Irish folk lore says you should leave teasel on graves, so that banshees may use them as combs. It is considered to be a protective herb, warding off negativity and intruders with its spiky flower heads.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.