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Burdock Root - Arctium lappa

Folk herbalists consider dried burdock to be a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent.

Traditional herbalism teaches that healthy blood is reflected in healthy skin. It’s no wonder then that Burdock root, a superior detoxifier and blood cleanser, has a well-earned reputation for promoting clear, healthy skin.

The root is principally employed, but the leaves and seeds are equally valuable. Both root and seeds may be taken as a decoction of 1 OZ. to 1 1/2 pint of water, boiled down to a pint, in doses of a wineglassful, three or four times a day.

Contemporary herbalists suggest adding Burdock to your skin-nurturing program, which can prove very beneficial particularly if used in conjunction with a healthy diet including fresh fruits, vegetables and plenty of water.

The anti-scorbutic properties of the root make the decoction very useful for boils, scurvy and rheumatic affections, and by many it is considered superior to Sarsaparilla, on account of its mucilaginous, demulcent nature; it has in addition been recommended for external use as a wash for ulcers and scaly skin disorders.

Burdock root has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in blood. It can be taken orally or used topically as a remedy for skin disorders. Also, burdock root can be a diuretic or soothe aching joints. Traditional Chinese healers used burdock root in combination with other plants to make cures for colds, measles, throat pain, and tonsillitis. Burdock root was also popular in Japan as a source of Vitamins and other nutrients. In modern times, burdock root has been employed in the treatment of certain cancers. However, this use of burdock root still needs to be systematically tested.

Safe for use as a food or herb.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.