BURDOCK

BURDOCK:

Also Known As: Burr and Great Burdock

HISTORY:

The name burdock is an Old English name that means plants.

PREPARATION:

  • Decoction:

Boil 1 teaspoon of roots in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. Let it cool before drinking. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Burdock has a sweet taste, similar to celery root.

  • Tincture:

Take one half to one teaspoon up to 3 times per day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Burdock’s roots have a brown bark and a white spongy fibrous material that becomes hard when it’s dried. Each branch is topped with a bristled flower, which is actually a clump of many purplish flowers.

Burdock grows easily from seeds. Plant the seeds in the spring. Place the seedlings 6 inches apart. Prefers soil that is moist and rich.Burdock can tolerate poor soil. Some gardeners mix wood chips and sawdust into the beds to keep the soil loose.

The roots will be easy to harvest.  Burdock roots deeply so transplanting the plant is not advised. Harvest roots for the first year in the fall and the spring for the second year. Deeply cultivate burdock under full sun.