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The Healing Properties of Burdock

Updated on April 25, 2019
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Lois has over ten years' experience in the home/herbal remedy field. She seeks to inform her readers and help them to save money.

Arctium lappa is commonly known as burdock. Who can deny that these plants are annoying? Anyone who has contact with these plants always finds burrs in their clothing and hair. They are especially annoying when you have long hair and your hair is matted with burrs. Or if your pet comes inside and you have to spend the next ten hours ridding the fur of these pesky burrs. Believe it or not, these plants do serve a purpose in our lives. They contain many healing properties. As a matter of fact, they have been used for hundreds of years to treat one health ailment or another.

Burdock a pesky weed.  Or is it?  Maybe not after you find out about the healing properties.Greater Burdock.
Burdock a pesky weed. Or is it? Maybe not after you find out about the healing properties.Greater Burdock. | Source

Healing Properties

Our livers play a major role in cleaning our blood from toxins and other impurities. Burdock is essential for the liver to do its job since it contains inulin which makes the liver stronger. Burdock is also effective in treating diseases of the liver such as cirrhosis, jaundice and hepatitis.

Burdock contains astringent properties which help treat skin conditions. These include:

  • Abscesses on the skin
  • Acne
  • Inflammation
  • Boils
  • Shingles
  • Skin Ulcers

Lotion that contains burdock is beneficial when you have dry, chapped and rough skin. It plays a key role in making your skin look and feel smoother. It also contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties which prevents cuts and bruises from getting infected. Burdock can even be taken internally to be used to treat ulcers.

Burdock increases energy by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. This also gives people, especially athletes, more energy and stamina. This also helps if you have a hectic schedule and are feeling fatigued. It gives you the edge to get through the day. With its reputation of increasing energy naturally, it is healthier to take burdock than to guzzle a Monster. Individuals who suffer from poor circulation may have cold hands and feet. This is known as Raynaud's Disease. Since using burdock improves blood circulation, it will make the symptoms of this disease go away. It also helps people who suffer from swollen ankles and feet due to poor circulation. To treat poor circulation you can consume burdock or use a lotion that contains this herb and massage it on your skin.

Burdock contains expectorant properties. If you have a cold or the flu, drinking a tea containing burdock helps you to loosen the mucous and control coughs.

Burdock is beneficial to you digestive system. Not only is it an excellent source of fiber, it also aid you when you system is not working right, by treating nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Common Burdock
Common Burdock | Source

Burdock is an excellent source of calcium. Some individuals do not get enough dairy in their diet. Some people just do not like drinking that glass of milk. Others are lactose intolerant and cannot have any dairy products. By including burdock into your daily diet, you are helping your body increase bone density.

Burdock is good for your heart in that it lowers blood pressure. It also reduces the amount of bad cholesterol in your body. By including burdock in your daily diet, you will reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke because your arteries will not get clogged up with fatty buildup.

Burdock contains anti-inflammatory properties. This helps if you are suffering from joint pain due to arthritis. It is also good for relieving pain from sore muscles after a vigorous workout.

Burdock contains diuretic properties. While it is effective in treating and preventing kidney infections and stones, it also is an effective aid in reducing water retention.

Burdock contains anti-fungal properties. You can use this herb to treat conditions such as athlete's foot and toenail fungus.

Where to Purchase Items Containing Burdock

You can easily find burdock in many wooded areas. The stems, seeds, leaves and roots can be used to create a wide variety of products. If you do not have the time to make your own products, you can find a wide variety of products at your local health food store. The products include:

  • Supplements
  • Teas
  • Lotions
  • Creams
  • Seeds
  • Herbs
  • Root
  • Liquid Extracts

You can also purchase burdock online at sites such as Amazon and EBay.

The root of the plant also has many healing properties.
The root of the plant also has many healing properties. | Source


Avoid using burdock if you are pregnant or nursing.

Avoid using burdock if you are going to have surgery, because it may increase bleeding.

After you have surgery, wait at least two weeks before taking burdock.

If you are planning to gather burdock from the wild, it is best to talk to a qualified herbalist since poisonous plants can easily be confused for this plant.

Before you use burdock to treat any health ailments, talk to your doctor. Even though it is safe to take, it may interact with medications and vitamins you are already taking.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Lois Ryan


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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      I've seen this plant around and never guessed that it had health benefits. Thanks for the very useful information.

    • Angel Guzman profile image

      Angel Guzman 

      13 months ago from Joliet, Illinois

      Hmm, I wouldn't mind growing a plant or two and then boil it for a tea. Great read!


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