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Burdock root is one of my top 5 favorite herbs of all time – even though it’s technically a root vegetable! You can find it in most Asian markets (and some farmers markets) and I promise it will change your life.
It is one of the liver loving ingredients in our parasite cleanse, and I eat it as often as I can in soups and stews (it cooks sort of like a carrot). It is also an ingredient in the world-renowned anti cancer Essiac/”Flor Essence” Tea (seriously, check the reviews on Amazon!)
Burdock is one of the only herbs that can stimulate lymphatic drainage (since lymph pumping is usually manual and requires exercise!) Because of this lymphatic cleansing ability, and its incredible plant chemical composition, burdock is a major cancer fighter, skin clearer, and liver healer.
An herbal approach to beauty focuses on restoring internal balance, often using cleansing herbs like burdock root. Burdock root is often used in Ayurvedic healing for skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. In Chinese medicine it is considered an aphrodisiac… just saying!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BURDOCK ROOT?
- High in vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C
- Good source of minerals – iron, manganese, silicon and zinc
- Boosts digestion and get digestive juices flowing
- Is a diuretic (great for PMS bloat) and increases bile flow
- Great for your kidneys
- Helps stabilize your blood sugar
- Natural source of the probiotic inulin
- Blood purifier
- Eliminates acne
As burdock goes to work on the liver, it is able to clear heat, anger, irritability, and restlessness. This has beneficial effects on arthritis, gout, infections, and other ‘angry’ inflammatory conditions. It further has a gentle diuretic action on the kidneys which helps clear the blood of harmful acids and aids in lower back pain, fluid retention, and sciatica.
Eaten as a food (usually peeled) in soups, stews, and stir fry, burdock is a cleansing yet strengthening food that helps lessen sweet cravings and aids in treating diabetes. Because of its slight bitter qualities, it greatly improves digestion (same reason people have always eaten bitter green salads before the main course!)
MAIN INDICATIONS FOR USE: General detoxification, all skin diseases (acne,eczema,rashes), fever, styes, boils, arthritis, rheumatism, toxicity of blood, cancer, kidney inflammation. Combine with yellow dock for best results with acne, psoriasis, and eczema! Enjoy