Master Herbalist Story on Burdock

Zola Kojo

Why I use and love burdock root and Why Burdock Root is My Go-To Herbal Ally.

Of all the herbs I regularly use, burdock root is hands-down one of my favorites. As both a food and medicine, burdock is a powerhouse plant that offers some amazing benefits. Here’s why this unassuming herb has become a staple in my herbal apothecary.

Potent Antioxidant and

Burdock contains quercetin, luteolin, polyphenols, and other   and inflammation-fighters. This makes burdock excellently suited for addressing chronic inflammation and the free radical damage at the root of many modern diseases. It protects cells and tissues on a deep level.

Super Liver and Blood Cleanser

Burdock has long been revered as an alternative or “blood cleanser” in traditional herbalism. It stimulates bile flow to improve digestion and liver function. The inulin fiber and antioxidants in burdock’s roots sweep away toxins. This spring tonic herb purifies the system.

Immune-Boosting Benefits

Studies reveal burdock has   Its antioxidants also protect the immune cells against oxidative stress. Having burdock regularly can help avoid colds, flus, and infections. It keeps immunity strong.

A Nutritive Root Gem

In addition to vitamins and minerals like manganese, magnesium, and iron, burdock contains beneficial plant compounds like quercitrin, luteolin, and stigmasterol. Its energy-promoting, nutritive properties make burdock an excellent restorative herb.

Versatile Herb with Many Uses

I enjoy burdock year-round as a cooked vegetable and a decocted medicinal root. It shines in formulas for skin, respiratory, rheumatism, hormonal, and digestive issues. This versatile herb has become indispensable in my herbal pantry.

For its protective antioxidants, nourishing nutrition, and broad healing abilities, burdock root has me deeply hooked. This unsung herbal hero has rightfully earned a permanent place in my apothecary.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking burdock if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


Bleeding disorders: Burdock might slow blood clotting. Taking burdock might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Burdock may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking burdock.

Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels. Taking burdock might lower blood sugar levels too much in people with diabetes who are already taking medications to lower blood sugar.

Surgery: Burdock might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop taking it at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

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