Scientific Name: Arctium lappa
An underground tuber (yes, it is funny to say), Burdock Root has a deliciously sweet taste that can resemble the flavors of Jerusalem artichokes or parsnips. Containing valuable minerals and vital vitamins, it’s also a good source of potassium, which is important in helping control heart rate and blood pressure. This is why, for decades, this medicinal vegetable has been employed in the treatment of skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as a diuretic and remedy for indigestion.
A truly traditional herb, Burdock Root can be added to stews and vegetable dishes and is highly recommended as a flavoring agent in miso soup. So, whether it’s dinner time or teatime, this could be one herb that’s ready to claim a place in your pantry.
Kidney & Liver Health
A natural diuretic, Burdock Root helps to stimulate kidney function by assisting in the removal of excess fluids from the system. It’s also beneficial in stimulating bile production, which allows the body to process and remove toxins at a faster speed. Together, these functions eliminate more waste from the body, thus purifying the lymphatic system and many other systems in the body.
Holding significant levels of vital nutrients, such as vitamins C and E (both highly active antioxidants), Burdock Root can help the body eliminate free radicals and other harmful entities from within. Doing so supports proper development and repair of the body’s cells and allows it to boost immunity efforts, both internally and externally.
Blood & Skin Health
Burdock Root is a natural purifier, believed to assist in clearing the blood of toxins and foreign entities. In fact, many of its active ingredients have been proven to detoxify the blood of most heavy metals, thus improving internal organ health. And since this process promotes proper blood circulation, it can also improve overall skin health as well.
Containing a soluble and prebiotic fiber known as, inulin, Burdock Root is a natural defender against diabetes, as it lowers blood sugar and helps manage digestion. Offering an array of other nutrients including, folate, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, it can also help the body fight off other threats such as arthritis, tonsillitis, and hormone imbalance.
Valued for thousands of years for its proposed medicinal properties, Burdock Root is a centerpiece of traditional Chinese medicine and is often prescribed for lung and stomach ailments. Over time, as its popularity grew across the world, it was adopted by practitioners in western Europe, where it was later utilized as a diuretic and digestion enhancer. Today, it is most commonly consumed in Japan, where it is often added to vegetable dishes or blended into a wide variety of broths. It’s even noted that the burr of the Burdock Root was the main inspiration for a life-changing invention we’ve come to know as Velcro.
If stored correctly, our Burdock Root has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.