Burdock oil is one of the most suitable for treating a variety of hair and skin problems. Find out how to prepare and use it so that it produces the most benefits.
The burdock is known in natural medicine as a powerful plant and its active ingredients have made their way into numerous cosmetic hair products. Hair oils made from burdock roots are especially popular. Unfortunately, many low-priced products have more petroleum-derived paraffin than anything else, so it is advisable to spend a little more on a certified natural product or, better yet, make your own nourishing oil.
Besides hair care, you can also use burdock root oil for skin care. It is especially suitable for dry and blemished skin.
BURDOCK ROOT OIL PROPERTIES
In hair care, burdock root oil impresses with its anti-inflammatory effect. Because inflamed hair roots are often a reason for hair loss and oil can improve the picture.
But burdock root oil can not only help the scalp. The healing ingredients in burdock root have an antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect.
MAKE BURDOCK ROOT OIL YOURSELF
A high-quality, all-natural burdock root oil is easy to make. To do this, a cold extract is prepared with a base oil, for example, olive oil (for dry skin, scalp and hair), safflower oil (for inflamed or blemished skin) or almond oil (for sensitive skin) .
You can harvest burdock root yourself. It is harvested from fall to winter of the first year of the plant or in the spring of the second year of the plant. The root must be dug up and cleaned, cut into pieces and allowed to dry for at least a day, until most of the water it contains has evaporated. The two medicinal varieties of burdock – large ( Arctium lapa ) and small ( Arctium minus ) – are suitable.
Ingredients for 100 ml of root oil:
- 1 tablespoon dried and crushed burdock root ( Bardanae radix)
- 100 ml of olive oil or other carrier oil suitable for the skin’s needs
- 1 container with screw cap (better dark glass)
- 1 container to fill (for example, a brown glass dropper bottle)
- Place the burdock root chunks in a bowl and pour the carrier oil over them until the chunks are completely covered in oil.
- Close the jar and let it rest for four weeks in a place protected from light at room temperature. Shake daily to prevent mold and to help dissolve the active ingredients.
- Strain the burdock root oil through a strainer into a dark bottle.
This homemade oil can be kept for up to a year.
HOW TO TREAT HAIR WITH BURDOCK ROOT OIL
An oil treatment offers intense care for dry and damaged hair and stimulates its growth. It is also effective for dry or oily dandruff and itchy scalp.
You just have to massage the scalp and smear all the hair with the oil for three minutes at night. The hair is then wrapped in a towel. Leave it to work overnight and in the morning wash your hair with warm water and a mild shampoo. Afterwards, it is advisable to comb the hair with a natural brush or a fine comb to free it from loose scales. The oil is applied once or twice a week until improvement occurs.
After the treatment, the rest of the days, you can add a few drops of oil to the shampoo. If your hair is very dry, you can apply a few drops to the ends of the hair every day.
HOW TO TREAT SKIN WITH BURDOCK OIL
Burdock root oil can be used to care for and treat oily, inflamed, flaky, or impure skin. You can apply it sparingly on the affected areas of the skin and directly on the pimples. It is also suitable for large areas on oily skin, for example on the face, in the décolleté area and on the back.
It can relieve acne, psoriasis, or eczema. For skin with psoriasis, it is advisable to apply the oil and wrap the area with a clean bandage. It can be left on overnight and rinsed off the next day.
In cases of burns, wounds that heal poorly and boils, it favors healing. It also protects skin cells against free radicals and can promote their regeneration.