Burdock, for me, goes way back to the beginning of my studying and using plants.
Back in the very early 80s I was diagnosed with cancer, I refused
Cancer treatments–so I took myself to an Herbal shop in New York City’s
Lower East Side, owned by a Wise Woman who taught me how to cleanse
my system and overcome the disease.
The very first herb she made me buy and brew and drink was Burdock, the Root of It, that is.
Burdock, since then, has been for me the No. 1 plant to always use when
one needs a thorough powerful Detoxing. Detoxing, of course, cleansing
our system from everything, foods being what usually first comes to mind,
but also negative emotions like anger, sadness etc. and most certainly
Stress, is the first step in the healing process.
So– what makes Burdock so powerful?
- To begin with: Burdock is a diuretic and a diaphoretic (both of which
indicate actions of getting rid of water, and, with water, toxins in our
system). It is also, a blood purifying herb.
Most importantly, however, Herbalists going back to ancient times
- Burdock – the Root – is the one which goes deep down
to the Root of our organism: our Liver.
- To recover our Health, we must use roots to cleanse our root.
- And none are as powerful as Burdock root!
Burdock Root treats Chronic (long term) Conditions such as:
- Liver excesses (as in inflammation).
- Edemas (i.e.fluid retention, swellings in the body.)
- Lymphatic/Pancreas/Spleen/Liver/Gall Bladder congestion
(as in lack of flowing/moving/getting rid of poisons)
- Poor glandular Function (as in swollen glands—visible & invisible).
- Blood sugar problems
- Arthritis, Gout
- Burdock Root is also being used as food for its anti-aging powers, in Japan,
- and in macrobiotic diets.
- It is also one of the four herbs in a wonderful tea known as Essiac Tea.
(More on Essiac Tea and its benefits in a later column).
Burdock seeds, also very good, treat Acute(short term) Conditions:
- Skin diseases, itching skin, rashes, Psoriasis, eczema, boils, carbuncles.
- Fevers, inflammations, Scarlet fever, measles, smallpox.
I usually blend Burdock with other herbs specific for Liver Cleansing, such as:
a. Dandelion Root and b. Yellow Dock Root
Similarly, I combine Burdock with herbs specific for Liver Healing/fortifying, such as:
a. Milk Thistle and b. Slippery Elm
The above teas make excellent healing combinations with Burdock Root.
One might find that the Cleansing tea is a bit too hard to take! Adding some
Chamomile tea or a bit of Licorice, will not change its effectiveness but might
make it easier to swallow!
As for the Liver healing tea, Milk Thistle and Slippery Elm are much easier to
swallow. Again, if necessary, we can always add some Chamomile or Licorice
for mild sweetness.
To make the above teas :
combine one (1) teaspoon each in 3 or 4 cups of water:
- for Cleansing: Dandelion, Burdock, Yellow Dock
- for Healing: Burdock, Milk Thistle, Slippery Elm
Add a bit of Licorice if needed:
- bring to a good boil
- lower heat and let simmer for at least 20 minutes
- Drink hot or cold—one cup up to 3 times a day.
Let me know if you make these teas, and how they affected you! For questions please email me at: