09 Jan discover the herb used in 9+ of our herbal blends
Burdock root comes from burdock, a genus of weeds that are related to sunflowers and part of the daisy family. Burdock has large heart-shaped leaves and produces purple flowers in the spring and autumn. Native to North Asia and Europe, burdock now grows widely in the United States as a weed, with Native Americans using it as a medicinal plant to cleanse the body and spirit.In traditional herbalism, it is the dark roots, not the plant itself, that offer health benefits.
Research has shown that Burdock Root contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. Antioxidants can shield the body against cell-damaging free radicals. The high antioxidant count in this root has been shown to help lower inflammation, including joint issues such as arthritis.
One of the most common traditional uses for burdock root has been to purify the blood. Recent evidence has found that burdock root can remove toxins from the bloodstream and promote increase circulation. The compounds that give Burdock its bitter taste can help stimulate bile production, helping the liver flush away toxins with more speed and ease. By also increasing the rate of urination, Burdock Root can help to remove these toxins and waste from the blood and body.
Burdock is also a prebiotic acting as food for healthy gut bacteria and also contains mucilage which acts as a protection for the mucous membrane layer of the stomach, helping it to heal and promote healthy digestion.
Burdock root has long been used to treat skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. As a natural detoxifier and blood cleanser, Burdock Root can also help to clear the body of harmful toxins that can damage the skin. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of the root can even help resolve skin issues when it’s applied topically to the skin.
So many great ways Burdock Root can enhance your body! We include it in 9 of our blends!