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Burdock root has been used in herbal medicine for thousands of years. It is greatly valued for its skin healing properties and its liver cleansing abilities. It purifies the blood, helps stop thinning hair, acts as a potent diuretic, and is useful in the treatment of mature skin.
Burdock root tea is a good choice when treating urinary problems, indigestion, and for cleansing the lymphatic system. It can also be used to ease symptoms of sore throat and colds. Burdock tea tastes good which is another added benefit.
Burdock root is often combined with yellow dock and sarsaparilla for treating eczema. This combination makes an excellent home remedy for many skin and scalp conditions such as skin ulcers, dandruff, and dry, scaly patches.
Burdock may also be used in the treatment of cancer, AIDS, and chronic diseases like diabetes. It is used in the treatment of arthritis, joint pain, acne, high blood pressure, and low sex drive.
Burdock root has many beneficial anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties. Recent studies show that burdock contains phenolic acids, quercetin, and luteolin, which are all powerful antioxidants.
Burdock root contains insulin which feeds beneficial bacteria in the digestive system. Burdock also contains many minerals including chromium, copper, iron, and magnesium. To make burdock root tea, bring pieces of root to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for five minutes.
Burdock leaves are used in poultices and compresses. Both are useful when treating bruises, burns, wounds, and gout. The oily seeds are often used in skin tonics to promote smoothness and improve the appearance of wrinkles.
In Japan, burdock plants are used as food. Known as gobo, roots are eaten fresh or cooked. The young, tender leaves are cooked like any other vegetable green. The stalks, which taste like asparagus, are eaten raw, boiled, or candied with sugar.
Burdock fruits are also known as cockle burrs. These burrs are what led to the development of Velcro in the 1950’s.
Burdock plants can grow up to eight feet tall although the average height is three to four feet. The root can reach depths of three feet making harvest difficult. Burdock is considered a weed by many people but herbalists have long recognized its medicinal uses.
Burdock root is not easy to harvest. Herbalists have to dig deep to get the root out of the ground. Once harvested the root should be washed, dried, and stored for winter use.
* Pregnant or nursing women should avoid burdock. Avoid burdock if allergic to daisies, chrysanthemums, or ragweed. Do not take burdock if dehydrated. Diabetics should not take burdock as it could lower blood sugar levels. Do not mix burdock with blood thinning medications. Be careful when harvesting burdock in the wild as the plant resembles belladonna (deadly nightshade). Always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medications.
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