Burdock root is one of natures best blood purifiers. Its been used for many centuries for skin diseases such as eczema. Its also used as a tea for as a powerful anti-inflammatory remedy. Native Americans boiled it in maple syrup to be able to store for long periods of time. In China it’s used for impotency and as an aphrodisiac.
The most famous used of burdock root is used in Essiac formula that was given to Rene Caisse by a women who survived cancer. That was in the 1920s where cancer treatments were just beginning. The formula, so they say, it an old Indian medicine man. You can read the story here about Rene Caisse.
Latin Name: Articum lappa
Common Names: Lappa. Fox’s Clote. Thorny Burr. Beggar’s Buttons. Cockle Buttons. Love Leaves. Philanthropium. Personata. Happy Major. Clot-Bur
Root, herb and seeds or fruit
Alterative, diuretic and diaphoretic — It works best as a tea or decoction but may be taken in capsule form or extract.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Used in soups, stew, or stir fry, or anything where you can get a daily dose of burdock.
Up to 50% inulin, polyacetylenes, volatile acids (acetic, proprionic, butyric, isovaleric), non-hydroxyl acids (lauric, myristic, stearic, palmitic), polyphenolic acids, and tannins.
GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe. This herb can be safely consumed when used appropriately. Excessive internal use should be avoided during pregnancy. Rare but possible allergic hypersensitivity can occur when applied to skin. Insulin dosage may need adjusting due to a potential hypoglycemic effect.
Culpepper gives the following uses for the Burdock: ‘The Burdock leaves are cooling and moderately drying, wherby good for old ulcers and sores…. The leaves applied to the places troubled with the shrinking in the sinews or arteries give much ease: a juice of the leaves or rather the roots themselves given to drink with old wine, doth wonderfully help the biting of any serpents- the root beaten with a little salt and laid on the place suddenly easeth the pain thereof, and helpeth those that are bit by a mad dog:… the seed being drunk in wine 40 days together doth wonderfully help the sciatica: the leaves bruised with the white of an egg and applied to any place burnt with fire, taketh out the fire, gives sudden ease and heals it up afterwards…. The root may be preserved with sugar for consumption, stone and the lax. The seed is much commended to break the stone, and is often used with other seeds and things for that purpose.’
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