Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Burdock is a weedy plant with deep roots.
Burdock seeds and roots are both used medicinally.Its available as a weed throughout the northern hemisphere or as aÂ vegetable called gobo.
If your local grocery store doesnâ€™t have it, try an Oriental market; the herb is used in Japanese cooking.
Burdock root is considered an alterative. Alteratives are nourishing herbs, suitable for longtermÂ use..
The root is prepared as a decoction, like most other roots. Burdock is rich in inulin,a carbohydrate. Itâ€™s also a good source of minerals. Burdock has a mild, astringent flavor. Itâ€™s
rather bland and mixes well with other herbs.
For skin problems, make a burdock decoction using the instructions for a standard decoction.
Drink three to four cups daily. It may take a month or two for you to see results, as alterativeÂ herbs like burdock often work slowly. They are powerful but gentle toners.
Some people findÂ that burdock increases the frequency of bowel movements, as itâ€™s a mild laxative. If you findÂ that youâ€™re going to the bathroom too frequently, reduce the number of cups of burdock tea youÂ drink.
Use burdock root to relieve all of the following conditions: skin inflammations (including
psoriasis), boils and canker sores. Itâ€™s considered a blood cleanser.
Burdock may relieve jointÂ discomfort and stimulate urination. Burdock tea can be made into a hot compress to relieveÂ hemorrhoids and other areas of inflammation.