Burdock Root

Burdock root illustrationArctium lappa

Part used: Root and seed

Energetics: bitter, pungent, cooling, drying, dissolving, stimulating, restoring

Actions: detoxifying, nutritive, alterative, bitter tonic, lymphatic, diuretic

Indications: eczema, psoriasis, skin rashes, dry skin arthritis, kidney stones, gout

Burdock has been used for thousands of years across China and Europe to support the processes of digestion and elimination by way of binding and removing toxins from the blood and strengthening the lymphatic and immune systems. It is nutritionally high in vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium, and its potent antioxidants have far reaching anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial actions. Burdock root also promotes blood circulation to the skin surface, by delivering fresh oxygenated nutrient rich blood and removing cellular waste and toxins. This powerful herb improves skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis, and has also been known to improve the clinical signs of ageing.

Burdock root is used in our Essiac Tea.