Week of August 31, 2016 - Teasel

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 7:11 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Weed Walk - Teasel

Teasel (Dipsacus)
This interesting, unique, some might even say “odd-looking” plant has enjoyed a flush of popularity since being anointed as a savior of those dealing with Lyme disease about in the early part of the 21st century. It’s easy to make your own tincture if you can find first-year teasel, which is difficult. It is far easier to find second-year teasel, so let’s start there.

Teasel Blossom

I find tinctures made from fresh plant material to be far superior to those made with dried plant material. Jokingly (perhaps), I claim that the fairies fly away as the plant dries. So it is worth the effort to be on the lookout for teasel in the fields and roadsides where you live. The teasel in my field has white flowers, others are a light purple. Matters not. Flowers at the top open first, then in sequence going down. Seeds nestle between the sharp points after the flowers fall, enticing messy finches, who “waste” seed by dropping them on the ground, there to grow a new generation of teasel. And that is the generation we want. Not the ones that are flowering. (The sharp-pointed empty seed head is used to “tease” wool before it is spun; thus its name: teasel.)

Teasel Leaves

Here are the leaves of the teasel plant. They form a cup around the stalk. But wait! There isn’t a stalk during the first year. So the leaves don’t have that cup shape. It’s the root of the first-year teasel we want to dig and tincture, so we’ll come back in the fall. Meanwhile, the tincture is easily available. Many people have let me know that, to relieve the major symptoms of Lyme’s, no matter what it says on the bottle, it is best to take the root tincture in tiny doses of 4-6 drops, repeated often (2-4 times a day).  I use 10-15 drops of boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) flower tincture at the same time if there is a co-infection.

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