Product: Devils Claw Root Tincture
Latin Name: Harpagophytum procumbens
Plant Family: Pedaliaceae
Other Names: Devil’s Claw, Grapple Plant, Garra del Diablo, Griffe du Diable, Racine de Griffe du Diable, Racine de Windhoek, Teufelskrallenwurzel & Wood Spider.
Description: Our Devil’s Claw Root tincture is an infused alcoholic solution, at a ratio of 1:3 (25% alcohol). Native to South and East Africa, this perennial plant has creeping stems that spread readily from a tuberous rootstock, it is these tubers that are harvested and used as medicine. The leaves are simple and opposite approximately 6.5 cm long and greyish-green in colour. The tubular flowers reach 5-6cm in length, and are usually pale purple or pink with a white and yellow centre inside the flower. The fruits are large, approximately 15 cm in diameter, they have four rows of curved arms with tipped with spines.
Brief History: Despite having been an old remedy used historically by native African tribes as a medicine to treat fever, stomach upsets and rheumatic pain, the root didn’t make its way into the Europe until the mid-20th century; European botanical herbalists employed the use of the herb to treat conditions such as arthritis and liver, kidney and bladder complaints.
SUGGESTED USEAdd the tincture to compresses and poultices to soothe ulcers, boils and skin inflammation, also to lotions and creams for the skin. No other non-medicinal uses for this tincture are known.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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