Burdock is yet another example of a despised weed that gives us generous and powerful food and medicine . . .
Its long taproot grows deep into the earth, pulling up nutrients to create medicine that herbalists use for chronic or deep illnesses.
The burrs — which are a bane of ranchers, farmers, and animal owners — protect the powerful seeds that are strong-acting against acute infections.
The Powers of Burdock Tea
The burdock plant is one that certainly stands out amongst others. A member of the thistle family, it grows easily on a variety of different terrains, its large leaves making it easily spotted.
In the traditional herbalism of Europe and North America, burdock (Arctium lappa, A. minus) is probably the most prominent herb for skin complaints, such as acne, boils, or eczema.
1. Cures Acne And Eczema
Burdock root is the answer to skin problems such as acne and psoriasis.
- It contains polyacetylenes which have antifungal and antibiotic properties which helps fight acne-causing bacteria.
- It kills Streptococcus bacteria that infests cracked skin.
- It’s antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties make it a natural remedy for skin conditions such as eczema.
- It protects against fungal imbalances like candida.
- In British folk medicine, a decoction prepared by boiling burdock root was used to improve skin complexion.
2. Burdock tea has been used as an herbal remedy and soothing tonic since the Middle Ages and beyond. It is commonly used today in traditional Chinese medicine.
- Purifies and stabilizes Blood — Burdock tea works as an efficient blood purifier and can help detoxify as well as cleanse the blood
- Stimulates Appetite, Aids Digestion — Other health benefits of burdock tea include the soothing effect it holds on the stomach. Herbalists suggest drinking this tea after meals to aid digestion, particularly if you have any gastrointestinal difficulties.