Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is used both as a food and as a medicine. The plant grows to about 3 feet tall. It has purple flowers and huge leaves. Parts of the plant which can be used are roots, leaves and seeds (but mainly the roots).
Burdock root benefits
As a medicine, the burdock root is used as a remedy for gout and rheumatism. However, to most herbalist this herb is known as an excellent blood cleansing herb. Burdock also cleanses the liver, kidneys, and bowels, as it has a laxative property. Burdock is especially good for eliminating acids in alleviating the symptoms of arthritis.
Burdock leaves and root can be used internally and externally. As it has antimicrobial action burdock is good externally for skin disorders such as acne, boils, psoriasis and or eczema.
- When using roots, roots are boiled first in water and then eaten. The water is then drunk as a cure for syphilis.
- Fresh leaves can be used in stimulating the purification of the liver.
- Burdock can lower blood sugar levels – people with hypoglycemia should use this herb with extra caution.
Did you know: burdock has been also used to ward off negativity, once cast around the home.
Key words: Burdock root, Arctium lappa, Blood cleansing herb.