Burdock ~ Quite a Tonic

by montejosmemorials on October 6, 2015

Burdock ~ Quite a tonic

by Joyce Montejo

The past few weeks we have been talking about my favorite herbal blend, Vital. We have learned it has three major groups of nutrients in it, the first one being chlorophyll, the next being herbal minerals and the third, adaptogenic herbs. We have also talked about the benefits of the different chlorophyll’s, which include, Spinach,
Nettle, Alfalfa, and Mulberry. I started on the adaptogens included, but only got to one, Schizandra, and then went back to the herbal minerals. The first one was, Avena Sativa or Oats, then we talked about that pesky weed many of us are familiar with in our yards, Dandelion, and it’s wealth of benefits! Today I’ll be sharing about the benefits of Burdock. It is considered quite a health tonic. Then we’ll get to back to the rest of the adaptogens.

Here’s what Natural Herbs Guide has to say about burdock.

"Burdock is a root that is found in Europe in Asia. It has many medicinal qualities and has been used in many herbal remedies. The root is sweet to the taste and has a gummy consistency. Traditionally, burdock has been used as a remedy for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, viruses like colds, throat pain, and as a diuretic. In modern times, burdock is also used in oncology and to treat many other serious health problems.

Historical Uses of Burdock Root

Burdock root has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in blood. It can be taken orally or used topically as a remedy for skin disorders. Also, burdock root can be a diuretic or soothe aching joints. Traditional Chinese healers used burdock root in combination with other plants to make cures for colds, measles, throat pain, and tonsillitis. Burdock root was also popular in Japan as a source of vitamins and other nutrients. In modern times, burdock root has been employed in the treatment of certain cancers. However, this use of burdock root still needs to be systematically tested.

Historically, the seeds of the burdock plants were compressed to make a mixture that was effective in cleansing the bloodstream, easing pain from arthritis, and treating gout, rheumatism, ulcers, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Its cancer-curing properties were also utilized in Russia and India. The Chinese used it as an aphrodisiac, and found it effective in treating barrenness and impotence.

Burdock’s active ingredients are arcigen, calcium, chlorogenic acid, essential oil, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol. The seeds of the plant contain beneficial fatty acids. The oil from the seeds can be used as a diaphoretic, which leads to increased perspiration, which is essential in cleansing the body of toxins or harmful elements. According to traditional healers, diaphoretics are integral to treating influenza, gallbladder or liver disorders, and to aid the kidneys which purify the blood.

Burdock root is eaten as a vegetable in many places. It has many nutrients like iron, inulin (a carbohydrate), and beneficial oils. Also, burdock can be used as a gentle laxative and help eradicate uric acid. Some of the active ingredients of burdock are polyacetylenes, which are known to be effective antibacterials and antifungals. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders.

Burdock is easily obtainable as an ingredient in teas, ointments, or pills. It is a powerful diuretic, and is safe to be taken internally, externally, or as food. However, it is important to make sure that the herb is pure. Some reports have indicated that burdock could have toxic properties, since cases of illness were reported that involved burdock tea. However, further analysis showed that the negative effects were the result of impure burdock root. Some belladonna, which contains atropine, had contaminated the burdock root. It is important to look at the source and purity of burdock root before obtaining it."

That’s one of the great things about Solle, there are no worries about purity! You can read more about their commitment to purity and quality here

I love the benefits of using herbs, because unlike fractionated sources of vitamins, which many are from synthetic sources, the nutrients are a part of the plant and the synergy helps the body to know what to do with it. My body has responded extremely well to this kind of nutrition! I am so happy to know that I ahve this in my toolbox for the coming cold and flu season!

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