While walking through a local field checking on a vast supply of St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) found last year I stumbled across the base leaves of Teasel (Dipsacus sylvestris).   Looking around I noticed that it grows almost everywhere around here… so common! 

This same day I was given a set of sheep skins by a good friend of mine – I chuckled at the relationship… What you may ask does sheep skin and teasel have in common?  Well you tease with the Teasel the tangles out of the wool.  =)   

Come fall I will harvest the 1st year roots at a 1:3 ratio with 80% ETOH. When the energy has trickled back down into the roots to rest, rejuvenate and wait out these cold northern winters.I’m so thrilled to have had this plant, plant it’self in my path, its connective tissue affinity and flare for working with Lyme disease has greatly peaked my interest and strengthened my respect for this proud plant.


2 thoughts on “The Teasing Tormenting Teasel

  1. Thanks for the input Dan! ETOH = drinking alcohol. In my case this also implies using Vodka, if it is another kind of drinking alcohol like Rum, Brandy or Whiskey it will say so. I specify to this extent because for some people it matters. Each alcohol is created from different means and utilizing different methods. Some people for one reason or another, personal choice, health reasons, allergic reactions and others, they need to know what it is made with.


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