Burdock root


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Arctium lappa

Throughout the open woods of Robinwood and edges of the meadow, grows a giant leafed plant called burdock. A biennial, that flowers on it’s second year, and has some mean, (I mean real mean) burrs. Often Doug will come to me, his fur all bound up in the nasty things. But we love this plant! It has these massive tap roots that dive deep into the earth pulling all sort of nutrients from the depths. It’s these roots that we dig up in the fall, and are wonderful to prepare as food (burdock has long been a staple in Asian and European cuisine), or dry for medicinal decoctions. Similar to dandelion root, Burdock is full of inulin, which is a fiber that feeds our intestinal flora; a prebiotic. Burdock is traditionally a liver cleansing, or detoxification medicine, great for conditions of the skin like eczema, acne and psoriasis.

Herbal actions:

  • Alterative
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-tumorogenic
  • Bitter
  • Diuretic
  • Hepatic
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Hypolipidemic


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