Burdock (Arctium Lappa) is commonly found in the UK, especially in hedges and on roadsides and paths and anywhere where it can grow undisturbed. A plant known for centuries for its medicinal properties, especially for its diuretic properties.
It is also said to be good for the blood. It is also used for skin problems and to promote sweating. Burdock contains many minerals including iron and substances such as lignin and inulin. It also contains small doses of caffeine.
What are the other properties of burdock?
It is a good blood purifier and is used for arthritic rheumatism, sciatica and lumbago. The seeds and leaves are a powerful purifier and are used to treat skin ailments. Burdock is used to promote kidney functions and helps these organs filter the blood, eliminating harmful acids.
In general, crushed seeds are used from which an infusion is made, while the roots are used to make a very strong decoction. The decoction can be used for internal or external use. A table spoon of roots and a cup of water are enough to make a decoction.
You can drink it once a day, not during meals to see some benefit. Once cooled, you can use this lotion on the skin, especially in cases of acne and oily skin in general. When taken internally, this substance is eliminated by the sweat glands, thus removing toxic waste and promoting sweating. Burdock seeds are then used to eliminate fever and heat conditions boils, ulcers and infections. To induce sweating, first drink a cup of burdock seed tea.
There is also a Chinese version of burdock which is supposed to be an aphrodisiac, not all properties of burdock are the same.
Warnings Do not take burdock by mouth if you have type II diabetes and are taking medicines to control blood glucose.