Botanical Name: Arctium lappa
Burdock root scientific name (Arctium lappa L.) is native to Europe and North Asia but can be found in many areas across the globe. The burdock plant is a genus that is related to both sunflowers and some members of the daisy family. It can grow to a very robust height, reaching up to 9 feet, and its aromatic "carrot-like" taproot can grow as much as 3 feet deep into the ground (making them difficult to harvest). The roots are very fibrous, and when cut becomes soft and stringy. This versatile root has a myriad of internal uses and has been used as a food plant in Eastern cuisine.
Burdock root is highly effective, gentle, and multipurpose. It promotes the flow of bile and also increases circulation to the skin. It is also a mild diuretic and is used widely as an alternative and blood purifier. The leaves can be made into a fresh poultice to soothe poison oak and poison ivy and a leaf decoction that makes a therapeutic wash for the skin*. The dried root maybe used as a tincture or decoction and as an acrid, bitter-sweet flavor.
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