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How You Can Harvest Your Own Medicinal Roots
3. Burdock Root
You can harvest burdock root in a similar manner to dandelion. Wash them with a soft brush and allow to dry in a warm, dry place. Many people find that a window screen works well for this purpose, as it allows air to flow on all sides. When the root is dry enough that it snaps in half easily, it’s ready to be used.
Burdock root is perfect for just about any skin condition including oily skin, dry skin, dandruff, poison ivy, itching from bug bites, and a host of other issues. You can use fresh burdock root or a tincture made from the dried root as a treatment for impetigo, skin ulcers, or a treatment for staph infections (read more about burdock root benefits). Burdock root is often combined with dandelion as an effective blood purifier.
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4. Echinacea Roots
This is another plant that you might want to think about planting in your garden. It has the most beautiful flowers in the summer, but the benefits from the roots make them worth growing all by themselves. When your Echinacea plants are 3 or 4 years old, they are ready for harvesting.
After you harvest your roots, wash them, then cut them into smaller pieces so they can dry more easily. You might be surprised at just how tough these roots are! Many people find that it is easier to cut them with small garden clippers or rose pruning shears than a knife.
After the roots have dried a bit, make your tincture. Echinacea root is super stimulating to your immune system, so consuming some of this during the winter flu season will eliminate your need for a flu shot. If you do feel yourself coming down with some kind of bug, drink some tea made from the root several times each day, or use a few drops of the tincture several times per day. You should find that that cold or flu never really materializes, if you catch it in time.
Good luck harvesting!