Cocklebur

(Xanthium strumarium) In China, the leaves are used for dyeing yellow (F P Smith). Dioscorides had a recipe for making the hair yellow - "the fruit being gathered before it be perfectly dry, and beaten, and put up into an earthen vessel, is of force to make hair yellow". It is a poisonous plant, but nevertheless, it is used medicinally. Cocklebur tea has been used to reduce fevers (H M Hyatt), and a sore throat remedy from Indiana uses the leaves and root, powdered. Mix with a little flour and water, and put a little on the back of the tongue, so that it drips into the throat (Tyler). An Alabama ringworm cure uses the juice and cream, applied (R B Browne), and crushing cocklebur leaves over a snakebite is recommended there (R B Browne).

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