Scientific Name:Arctium minus
About this Herb:Burdock is native to Europe and Northern Asia and is now widespread throughout the United States as well, where it grows as a weed. A member of the daisy family, burdock is a stout, common weed with burrs that stick to clothing or animal fur. The plant grows to a height of about 3 to 4 feet. It has purple flowers that bloom between the months of June and October. Burdock has wavy, heart shaped leaves that are green on the top and whitish on the bottom. The deep roots, which are used medicinally, are brownish green, or nearly black on the outside.
Common Names:Bardane, Beggar's Button, Common Burdock, Lesser Burdock, Wild Burdock, Wild Rhubarb
Uses:Traditionally used as a blood purifier to clear the bloodstream of toxins, as a diuretic (helping rid the body of excess water by increasing urine output), and as a topical remedy for skin problems such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis, Burdock is often used with other herbs to treat sore throats and colds.
Burdock makes an excellent metabolic tonic, improving the functioning of the liver and kidneys, digestion, lymphatic and endocrine systems.
Nutritious, Burdock root is enjoyed in Japan for its crunchy and flavorful taste. Cleaned shaved and sliced thin, it is often added to stir fry dishes and soups. Try it quick fried with shitake mushrooms!
Applications:Tea: Steep cleaned Burdock root in about 3 cups of water, drink 2 to 3 cups a day.
Capsule: Follow directions on package.
Tincture: Make tincture using Burdock root. Take 30 to 60 drops, once daily. Typically, burdock is combined in tincture form with other herbs. The tincture may also be applied to a cloth and wrapped around affected skin area or wound.
Decoction: Burdock root must be boiled slowly for 1 to 2 hours in a pot of 4 cups of water. The liquid should decrease by half.