BURDOCK

BURDOCK: “Likely to Stick Around”

Gonorrhea, Ringworm, Urinary Tract Infection

Also Known As: Burr and Great Burdock

HISTORY:

The name burdock is an Old English name that means plants. Many scientist have dismissed burdock, but it seems to hang on as it is known as a healing herb and particularly a potential treatment for cancer. Early Chinese physicians and Ayurvedic healers consider burdock a remedy for flu, colds, throat infections and pneumonia.

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.

SAFETY:

There has only been one incident reported by the Journal of American Medical Association about one woman who reportedly experienced blurred vision, dry mouth and hallucinations after taking burdock. The FDA considers burdock as an herb of undefined safety.