People usually don’t like sticky. Burdock is often at first a scorned plant with sticky burrs, however, this plant’s medicinal properties are worth the aggravation. Found right here in Seattle and the surrounding Pacific Northwest, Burdock is easily spotted by it’s large egg shaped leaves and flowering pink to purple burrs. Used by the Sahaptin for whooping cough and arthritis, this herb is known for it’s assistance to the liver, digestion, and skin health.
An edible plant, Burdock’s properties are so highly esteemed that it has been domesticated as a garden vegetable amongst the Japanese. Diabetics can benefit from the nutritive medicinal use of Burdock as it contains inulin and high protein within it’s roots. The best time to harvest Burdock for diabetic purposes is in the fall, when the roots have the highest amount of inulin stored for the winter.
Internally, Burdock root and seed tinctures are known to be quite potent and used for skin problems such as eczema, acne, boils, burns, joint pain, respiratory infections, bladder and kidney problems, and even herpes when combined with echinacea root. Burdock is also used to get your body fluid’s moving, it is a sweat and urine inducer that is non-disruptive and a non-addictive laxative. Externally, leaves, soaked briefly in boiled water can be directly applied to the skin or made into a poultice for relief from minor burns, low fevers, headaches, ringworm, and other fungal conditions.
Whether you need relief from a headache, a slight burn from cooking dinner, or you just need to flush out some toxins, Burdock is a great addition to any person’s herb collection.