Burdock Arctium lappa, A.Minus
Burdock is a seriously big, bold plant that can't be missed when out walking, it has a tendency to be quite invasive so be wary if you plan to grow in a small garden as it will most likely take over.
Traditionally Dandelion was paired up with Burdock, Do you remember the drink Dandelion and Burdock which was a European root beer it was my childhood favourite!
Burdock is a great cleansing tonic, which gently works on the liver and kidneys to help 'cleanse the blood' it gently assists to help remove congestion and toxins that can build up in our bodies over time.
Leaves, roots and seeds can all be used, and it happens to be a popular root vegetable in Japan, and the younger leaves and flowers can also be cooked.
The true benefits of Burdock are noticed over a decent period of time so regular use of this plant is best if you want to see positive results however many there are a few known recipes where Burdock can offer you that 'quick relief' when needed.
Burdock is a biennial plant, so roots are normally harvested around September of the first year, or possibly the following April before the plant flowers
This plant has a myriad of medicinal uses but seems to be very popular in addressing a range of skin problems from eczema and acne to psoriasis. It is believed that the diuretic and cleansing properties of the liver and kidneys therefore clearing toxins can assist in clearing the skin.
Another interesting book I read a lot has described how in Chinese medicine Greater Burdock seeds are used to relieve hot conditions, so sore throats, rashes, hives, and boils may also benefit.
Is there no end of versatility to this wonderful plant?
We cannot diagnose ailments or suggest medicines to help any health issues. My aim is to inform you of the power of nature around us, it’s history and the many uses that these items have. If you are in any doubt, please seek medical advice first.