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Burdock - Foods & Nutrition

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Burdock This plant, whose spring leaves are sometimes mistaken for rhubarb by those not overly familiar with plants, has long been a part of folk medicine. Anyone who has tried to get rid of this species in their lawn knows that the plants have a long taproot that is difficult to remove from the ground. And it is no wonderó this root can grow down to three feet deep! In the fall, the plants sport cockleburrs that stick to your clothing and are difficult to remove.

While the all parts of burdock can be used for food at various stages of growth, it is the burdock root that holds most of the medicinal qualities. Burdock has been used for hundreds of years as a blood purifier, and it is also known for its detoxifying effects, helping the liver to get rid of toxins. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory. As a result, burdock tends to have a positive effect in helping to heal skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. The inulin that is present in roots such as those of burdock is soothing to the stomach and also helps to strengthen the liver. Studies have also shown that burdock root tea has helped animals exposed to toxic chemicals to not have abnormal cell growth (and cancer), and this benefit may carry over to human consumption of burdock root tea.