Burdock Root - Powder, Organic

Herbs: Burdock Root - Powder

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

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.

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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by Felt hopeless on Mar 8, 2014

Hi there,
I recently ordered some all natural burdock root capsels and I would like to know what yu think would be the best way to fight Acne would be? The acne however is not on my face or back. It comes and goes in my rear private area... and I do have a bit of scaring. Do u think taking the pills internally is a more effective way of trying to treat this or would u suggest using it in a topical form... And doubt recommend anything to fade scaring. The good thing however is that I do feel telly confident that this may help. And I heard something about dandelion leaves too not sure. But any advice helps. Thanks :)

    Re: Acne
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 17, 2014

    The root problem of acne is usually toxins in the blood, which burdock and dandelion are great for cleaning your blood. You could make a tincture of both of those and take internally, or you could also check out our Liver Cleanse Tincture mix which was created to help your body clean the liver, and in return, your liver cleans your blood better. That would take care of the root problem. Also I would recommend Vitamin E oil externally to help with scaring. Thanks!

Child's Eczema
by Erin on Jan 21, 2014

New to herbs. Just ordered and read The ABC Herbal and a few days later husband was very ill and herbs I used on him healed him! Thanks for this great site. Now I am investigating herbs for eczema.
My 4 year old daughter has eczema on her arms. How would I use burdock topically or if I used internally, what amount in a tea should I use for a child? I have used other Vit C items on her arms before and they really sting her and we always discontinue use because it is often worse than the itch of the eczema, even though I know the vit C will help it eventually. Will burdock sting her if used topically/is it acidic? Thanks so much for your lovely site.

    Re: Child's Eczema
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 27, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend that you try just giving her the Burdock internally and try using something like our Eden salve externally as that has so many good properties that won't sting her skin. To make Burdock into a tea put about 1-2 tsp of the root into hot water and let steep for about 20-25 minutes. Thanks!

by Cassie on Jan 7, 2014

Does anyone know if this can be taken during pregnancy to help prevent jaundice in the new baby? I am pregnant with number 6 and all 5 others were jaundiced. However, this was before I knew about how great herbs are! I am hoping to spare this baby from that experience.

    Re: jaundice
    by Bulk Herb Store on Jan 13, 2014

    Hello, I would recommend that you try making a tincture of Burdock, Dandelion, and Catnip and take it while pregnant to help their liver get the best nutrients. You can also take this while nursing and the baby will get the nutrients from your milk as well. Thanks!

Burdock root and gout
by Anonymous on Nov 26, 2013

Has anyone successfully used this in treating severe gout symtoms/conditions?
Does anyone have any advice or recommendations? It would be for my father in-law (age 72), who just had triple bypass, is struggling with his kidneys because of his gout meds, without the gout meds he cant walk.
He is now open to my unusual, natural ways, however, I am uncertain as how to proceed with this condition.
Thank you in advance,

    Re: Burdock root and gout
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 27, 2013

    Thank you for your question. Although I haven't personally heard of anyone using Burdock for gout issues I do know it is a great blood purifier. I would definitely recommend trying the Burdock root for treating the gout as well as using it to help clean his kidneys. You might want to try making a tincture of the Burdock and perhaps add Cornsilk or Dandelion to help with his kidney function.

Chronic Skin Problems
by Kim on Oct 31, 2013

The information listed with this states that its best for chronic skin problems and based on the comments I've gained a little more information to help, but wondered how it should be used to help with the chronic skin problems, internally, as a tea wash, or can it be put into a mix of other herbs and used as a daily wash?

    Re: Chronic Skin Problems
    by Bulk Herb Store on Nov 8, 2013

    It can be used internally or as a tincture. Burdock Root is a “blood purifier”, a diuretic to cleanse the system and eliminate long-term impurities from the blood very rapidly through its action on both the liver and kidneys. You can make a strong tea and use it as a toner as well!

by Ruth on Jul 22, 2013

If I were to use the powder is there a way to use it as a face wase? The privious question I believe was using the burdock root -cut. I'm wondering about using the powder as a wash. Is it possible and what would the process be? Thank you :)

For achne
by Layla on Jul 20, 2013

I used the burdock powder, neem, and aritha powder with little water as a paste on my severe achne and let it dry completely and oh boy u should see the results!!! Nice :-)
I will continue this at least once a week for the glow and achne free skin.

by Anonymous on May 25, 2013

When using a tea wash for acne, what proportion water vs root? Do you wash it off,and if so after how long? Thank you.

    Re: Acne
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 27, 2013

    I would add 2-3 teaspoons per cup of water to make a tea. I would leave it on for about 30 minutes before washing it off.

by Anonymous on May 20, 2013

How would you prepare this to use for acne? Your site, products and Christian faith are inspiring!

    Re: Virginia
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 21, 2013

    When using the powder, I would mix it in juice or smoothies, yogurt, or food of choice. You can also make a tea with the cut burdock root and drink that or apply it to the affected area.

by Jasmine on Apr 15, 2013

What is the ratio for Burdock Tincture? Do you use an alcohol base or water base? What is most potent?
Thank you.

    Re: Tincture
    by Bulk Herb Store on May 1, 2013

    We usually fill a jar 1/3 full with the herbs then fill the rest of it with our base for any tinctures we make, if you want it stronger, you can add more. You can either use vodka, apple cider vinegar or vegetable glycerin as a base. The alcohol base is the most potent.

by Helen on Dec 18, 2012

Can you please tell me if you can fill the c/s herbs into a capsule or does it have to be powder.

    Re: c/s
    by Bulk Herb Store on Mar 22, 2013

    I would recommend using a powder when encapsulating, as the cut herb would be very difficult to get in a capsule.

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