Burdock Root - Cut, Organic.

Herbs: Burdock Root - Cut

Common Names: Burdock root, lappa, thorny burr, beggar’s buttons, clothburr
Latin Name: Arctium lappa
Origin: USA

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

A strong blood purifier and cleanser, burdock root has been used to neutralize and eliminate toxins in the system. Best when used in combination with other herbs since it can start the body cleansing too rapidly if used by itself. If used by itself, start with small amounts.

  • One of the best herbs for chronic skin problems. The tea makes a good wash for acne, burns, and sores.
  • Hot fomentations help heal swellings.
  • Bruised leaves or tea have been used successfully for poison ivy or oak.
  • Relieves congestion of the lymphatic system.
  • Increases flow of urine, relieves pain in the bladder.
  • Promotes perspiration, especially helpful in the case of fevers.
  • Helps move toxins out of a weak body.
  • Contains vitamin B-3 (niacin) and vitamin C.

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

The Eclectics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries also held burdock in high esteem. Priest & Priest considered that it is a good general alterative, influencing the skin, kidneys, mucus, and serous membranes by removing accumulated waste products. They considered it specific for skin eruptions on the head, face, and neck and for acute, irritable, and inflammatory conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, boils, carbuncles, styes, sores, rheumatism, gout, and sciatica. Ellingwood recommended it for the following pathologies: aphthous ulcerations, irritable coughs, psoriasis, and chronic cutaneous eruptions, chronic glandular enlargements, syphilitic, scrofulous, and gouty conditions.

Primary Constituents:

Burdock provides significant amounts of chromium, copper, iron, and magnesium. The root also contains trace amounts of mercury, making it a good choice for mercury detox formulas.

Special Considerations:

For its blood cleansing effects to be maximized, burdock needs to be used consistently over an extended period. Even though relief from many toxic blood conditions is usually promptly seen and felt, the herb should be taken for at least three months to normalize the system.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

The most popular western use of burdock root is as a primary herb in blood purifier formulas. These formulas are based on the traditional concept that diuretic and alkalizing herbs will neutralize acids and toxins and expel them more quickly. The actual mechanism is more likely due to its mucilage preventing the absorption of toxins from the digestive tract and its diuretic effect. By absorbing toxins from ingested food and those produced by intestinal flora, viscous fiber eliminates the source of many of the toxins. This allows the body to heal itself.

The mineral profile of burdock is just the opposite of most mucilaginous herbs. However, burdock is not merely a mucilaginous herb. It is also a cleansing herb (alterative, diuretic) and it seems that nature gave burdock a strong, balanced mineral profile to replace the minerals that are inevitably purged during the cleansing processes.

Contains mucilaginous compounds that decrease the thickness while increasing the production of mucosal fluids, soothe inflamed tissues and absorb toxins from the bowel. It also contains aromatic compounds that have an antiseptic effect and increase the flow of urine. The herb is an excellent herbal source of chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, and zinc.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use Burdock often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used as such in capsules.
  • Burdock can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • We have found it to be a miracle worker for any and every skin condition. From acne to poison ivy, Burdock is heaven sent.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Burdock should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

Customer Reviews

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Burdock for Poison Oak
by Dana on Mar 22, 2014

My husband got a bad case of poison oak last week while hiking in California. I read that Burdock can me made into an oil with comfrey and plantain. I also saw your jewelweed alcohol mixture, but I don't see where I can buy the jewelweed. There are so many choices, I need some guidance on what to buy, so I can make it fast. I was wondering if you recommended the Burdock, Comfrey, and Plantain oil or jewelweed mixture. Also, should I use Burdock, root or powered? Thanks.

    Re: Burdock for Poison Oak
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 26, 2014

    You could definitely make the oil with burdock, comfrey, and plantain. Jewelweed is hard to find dried! However it is pretty common out in the wild. If you will be making an oil Burdock root cut will be easier to use. Also if you have some of our Eden salve on hand that is great to use on poison ivy! Thanks!

by Laura on Nov 28, 2013

What would you recommend to combine burdock root with for atopic eczema? Would burdock, figwort and nettle be a sensible mixture or not?

    by Bulk Herb Store on Dec 9, 2013

    Burdock root would be great to take for atopic eczema. Nettle would also be a good addition and you might want to consider Dandelion as well. I'm not sure about figwort as I have not dealt with that personally or heard it used for eczema elsewhere. Thanks!

Sarah: Need Help
by Victoria on Aug 2, 2013

Dear Sarah,

If you drink the tea you also need to clease on the inside too. Try a food detox. If you get stuck, you can by a simple detox food book with recipes. I am currently detoxing and avoiding dairy, wheat, sugar, meat and fish. Really, it's not difficult. I can eat all I want too.

I have ecezema on my feet always during the summer months and I know it's a nightmare.

I hope the information helps.

Making a tea
by Esther on Jul 22, 2013

What is the best way to take burdock root? I love teas! So I wondered if it would work to make a tea straight from the cut burdock root

    Re: Making a tea
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jul 24, 2013

    Yes, you can make a tea from the root, you can also add other herbs like peppermint or spearmint for flavor if you don't like it plain!

Trying to find alternate to surgery..
by Carla on May 10, 2013

Hello...I try to be as healthy and natural as possible and am very new and interested in herbs. I am pregnant for the fourth time and my varicosities have literally exploded..haha..anyway my midwife was concerned and one of a couple recommendations was surgery...that's a no go for me. I noticed bilberry leaf, ginkgo, butchers broom, and burdock as aides with varicose. Would it be safe to mix these together and make a tincture? If so, what proportion do you recommend? Any advice is greatly and sincerely appreciated! Thanks!

    Re: Trying to find alternate to surgery..
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 10, 2013

    Personally I would prob. just do a butcher's broom tea or capsules, and cayenne pepper, however I would suggest running that past your midwife to make sure she thinks it's safe during pregnancy.

Burdock root and organic mercury
by Michael Edington on Apr 21, 2013

I wish to make a tea for my two and a half year old but am concerned about the mercury present. Is burdock root safe to give to him?

    Re: Burdock root and organic mercury
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 3, 2013

    I have done quite a bit of research on that subject and was not able to find any indication that the organic mercury in burdock root is unsafe, however, I would suggest asking a professional herbalist or Dr. if you feel unsure about it.

Need help
by Sarah on Sep 22, 2012

I just purchased this root to help with my eczema. I want to make a tea with it and was wondering if anyone can tell me how much burdock root to use per 6oz cup. Also open to any other suggested uses. Thank you.

    Re: Need help
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 15, 2013

    I would personally use 1 Tbsp per cup. You could also make a tincture with it!

Rheumatoid Arthritis Won't Ruin the Weekend!
by J on Jan 17, 2009

This morning my Husband woke up with an RA flair up. Early this morning I was in the woods to get some burdock root (because my dried BHS supply is gone). I boiled the root with some plantain leaves in olive oil. Once reduced, I strained out the roots and and poured some into a little spray bottle, the rest I mixed with bees wax. He's been using this for about 3 hours now, and his pain is diminished by 1/2 and he says is getting better as the morning wears on.

Thank you BHS for the opportunity to find and share remedies, your quick and
courteous service and wonderful products.

Blessings to you,


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