BURDOCK (Arctium lappa) Leaf
About this Herb
Burdock is a plant that is found all over the world. Burdock root is sometimes used as food. The root, leaf, and seed are used to make medicine
1. Purifies Blood
Burdock root benefits include the ability to naturally purify the blood. Studies have shown that burdock root can help detox heavy metals from the blood and improve organ health. It also promotes healthy blood circulation to the surface of the skin, which can improve overall skin health.
2. Strengthens the Lymphatic System
Burdock root benefits include the ability to strengthen the lymphatic system. It helps induce lymphatic drainage and detoxification. By purifying the blood and improving the health of the lymphatic system, burdock root benefits also include the ability to fight off disease.
3. Works as a Natural Diuretic
Burdock root works as a natural diuretic to help stimulate the kidneys and induce detoxification. It promotes urination to help the body get rid of excess water and sodium that can cause bloating and water retention.
4. Heals the Skin
Burdock root benefits include the ability to heal skin issues, including acne, eczema and psoriasis. Burdock cools the body internally to help reduce inflammation and calm irritated skin. In a 2008 study, researchers found that burdock root was also able to improve skin health by visibly reducing wrinkles. (1)
5. Defends Against Diabetes
Burdock root benefits include the ability to protect the body from diabetes. It contains a soluble and prebiotic fiber called inulin. Inulin helps improve digestion and naturally lowers blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that burdock root is a beneficial addition to a diabetic diet. (2)
6. Combats Cancer
Research suggests that burdock root benefits include the ability to combat cancer. It contains arctigenin, a lignan found in certain plants. Studies have shown that arctigenin can help kill human lung cancer cells, human liver cancer cells and human stomach cancer cells.
7. Improves Arthritis
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, burdock root benefits include the ability to improve arthritis symptoms. In a study published in the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases, researchers found that burdock root was able to improve inflammatory status and oxidative stress in patients who suffer from degenerative joint disease. (3)
8. Helps Treat an Enlarged Spleen
Research has shown that burdock root benefits include the ability to treat an enlarged spleen by improving liver health, promoting circulation and fighting inflammation. Burdock root helps to strengthen the immune system and speed healing.
9. Fights Tonsillitis
Burdock root works as a natural remedy for tonsillitis, an inflammatory condition that causes the tissues in the tonsils to become infected. It helps to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and speed wound healing.
How To Use
4 ounces dried cut Burdock root
3 pints distilled water
Direction: Put 4 ounces of the dried cut root into 3 pints of distilled water. Boil for 30 minutes slowly. Strain, cool and keep in a cool place.
Dose: A wine glass full 3 or 4 times a day (adults). For children, less according to age.
If you wish to keep this decoction for longer periods (more than 3 days) boil down to 1 pint and add 8 ounces of glycerine when it is cold. Shake well together.
Note: If glycerine is added, an equal quantity of water should be added to each dose when taken. The dose is from one to two tablespoonfuls.
1 ounce sifted Turkey Rhubarb root powder
6 1/2 cup cut Burdock root
4 ounces Slippery Elm bark
16 ounces Sheep Sorrel herb
Direction: 1. Mix all herbs together and store in a dry, dark place for subsequent uses.
2. Measure 1 ounce of herbal mixture for every 32 ounces of water.
3. Add herbal mixture and water in a stainless steel pot, cover pot and boil on medium to high heat for 10 minutes.
4. Turn off the stove, leave the pot covered overnight.
5. In the morning, reheat the mixture (do not boil).
6. Let the mixture settle for a few minutes, then strain into sterilised glass jars and let it cool and then cover.
7. Place the mixture in a cool dark place until its first use.
8. Refrigerate after first use.
Dose: Pour ¼ cup tea (one serving) into a cup and add hot water according to your taste (about ¼ to ½ cup of hot water). Do not microwave the tea. Drink the tea on an empty stomach about one half hour before eating.
Results can be seen within 4 – 12 weeks.
Burdock Root contains vitamins A, B complex and E. Phytochemicals include; chlorogenic acid, taraxosterol, arctigen, mucilage, resin; arctigenin, arctic acid; volatile oils & acids; non-hydroxy acids and sucrose. The root contains up to 50% inulin (or fructosan).
Burdock is considered to be safe, however it should only be obtained from reputable sources and should never be collected in the wild. Burdock resembles plants in the same family as belladonna nightshade, which are highly toxic. They often grow together.
Burdock Root is a natural diuretic and therefore shouldn’t be taken if you are dehydrated. Do not take if taking other diuretics or water pills, as it can increase dehydration.
Persons with allergies to chrysanthemums or daisies may be at an increased risk of having an allergic reaction to Burdock Root and should avoid it.
Pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant shouldn’t take Burdock Root or supplements.
BURDOCK LEAF (Arctium lappa) Leaf C/s
These ingredients have been tested and carefully selected by a certified herbalist.
All tonics, loose teas, herbal leaves, and powders should be refrigerated after seal is broken for longest potency and freshness of herbs. Herbal compounds such as tinctures and capsules doesn’t need to be refrigerated and should be stored in a cool, dark place out of direct light. These methods will guarantee the longest potency and freshness. All herbal compounds will have expiration dates on the item packages effective immediately. If Stored correctly these herbal compounds will last far longer than the recommended expiration date.