Also called lappa, clotbur, thorny burr, cockle buttons, beggar’s buttons
Burdock may be identified by its short, stocky branches that tend to spread 2 to 6 feet, with large, coarse, heart-shaped leaves. The fruit of this herb shows round purple flowers surrounded by spikey bracts. Burdock usually grows prominent in in wastelands and woods. Nettle is often the partnering herb.
Applicable parts used
Roots, seeds, and leaf
Importunity, touch me not
Organs & systems affected
Helps to release intense anger and frustration
Mechanism of action
Alterative, tonic, diuretic, cholagogue, diuretic, "blood purifier", antimicrobial, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiplatelet, hormonal, immunologic, antitussive, and antifungal.
Bitter, sweet and cooling
Bitter glycosides, flavonoids, polysaccharides, antibiotic substances, vitamins a and c, minerals, and arctiin
Orally used to support and tone the liver, cleanse the blood, clear skin breakouts, and improve gallbladder and liver function.
Additional uses: anorexia nervosa, gastrointestinal (gi) complaints, arthritis, high blood sugar, bladder bacteria, high blood pressure, colds and acne and psoriasis. Topically, burdock is used for wrinkles, dry skin, acne, psoriasis, and eczema
Precaution & adverse reactions
Allergic reaction in those allergic to plants from the asteraceae/compositae family.
Anti platelets and diabetics
Pregnancy and lactation
Insufficient reliable information available; avoid using.
Herbal infusion: 1-2 tsp per cup, 10-12 minutes covered, 1-3 times per day
Tincture: 15-25 drops, 1-3 times per day
· Wrinkled skin: an emulsion with burdock fruit extract 1.2% standardized to 0.25% arctin has been applied to the face twice daily for 4 weeks
Our favorite pairings
Dandelion root, yellow dock root, etc
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Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.