The root of the burdock plant is used to purify and cleanse the blood of toxin buildup. It’s also used for treating skin disorders and it can be administered either topically or orally. Burdock root is used in combination with ingredients to treat colds, throat conditions and cough. Arthritic people can use this plant to remedy their aching joints. In addition, it is also one of the four main ingredients used in Essiac Tea, an alternative cancer treatment.
It can also be used to treat alcoholism and drug addiction. Drinking burdock tea with red clover helps cleanse the liver of toxins and other materials left in the body. It doesn’t work to curb the cravings, but it helps a great deal in the detoxification process. Purging all the remaining toxins in the body is an essential part of rehabilitation.
Burdock Root’s anti-inflammatory properties stem from arctigenin, one of the key constituents of this plant. Studies conducted in Taiwan in 2009 reported that when dried, the seeds of this plant have shown to significantly reduce inflammation in the body. A study in Brazil has attested to Burdock Root’s antibacterial properties as well. In a span of 4 weeks, the plant extract administered inhibited any and all growth of harmful organisms used in the experiment.
Burdock root is also said to protect the stomach from digestion problems because the extract taken from the roots effectively reduces gastrointestinal problems and inhibits the production of gastric acid to reduce pains. The liver, as well, benefits from this remarkable plant. Some studies show that constant use of Burdock root protects the liver from the damage inflicted by copious amounts of painkillers that contain Acetaminophen such as Excedrin and Tylenol. It also protects the liver from absorbing too much ethanol.
For the skin, burdock fruit extracts improve cell structure and help reduce wrinkles as a product of sun exposure. It works by regenerating the structures of the dermis, enabling it to treat even the more stubborn, mature skin. The appearance of age spots and reduced as well, and if Burdock is taken before the spots appear, can make them look less obvious.
Other conditions that benefit from the effects of burdock root are headaches and allergies. Its anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate discomfort naturally.
In some places, burdock root is used as a food and vitamin source, rather than a form of medicine. Its many beneficial oils help the skin achieve a healthy glow as well as moisturize extra dry spots. It’s also used in some natural hand sanitizers because of the polyacetylenes present, which are effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal constituents.
Overall, burdock root’s primary purpose is to clean and purify the body, most especially the internal organs like the liver, stomach and colon. The result of this is an improvement in health and reduced risk of disease.
Burdock root is eaten as a vegetable in many places. It has many nutrients like iron, inulin (a carbohydrate), and beneficial oils. Also, burdock can be used as a gentle laxative and help eradicate uric acid. Some of the active ingredients of burdock are polyacetylenes, which are known to be effective antibacterials and antifungals. Burdock root benefits the performance of many of the organs that purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps protect against disease.
How to make Burdock Root Tea
Things you need:
- pot or saucepan with lid
- cheesecloth (optional)
- burdock root
- When using fresh burdock root, you must wash the root thoroughly to remove any dirt. A vegetable scrubbing brush will make this step easier. Some people peel the root but I don’t like to waste anything.
- Chop the root into chunks about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch. Use 2-3 grams(about one teaspoon) of fresh burdock root for every cup of tea you plan to make.
- Add 1 cup of water to the pot for every cup of tea you want to make and bring to a boil.
- Add the chopped burdock root to the water and reduce heat to a low boil. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 30 min.
- Remove from heat and strain. You can line the strainer with cheesecloth to filter the particles if you wish.
- Add sugar, honey or stevia to taste. Drink 1 cup of burdock root tea as much as 3 times per day