Burdock is our weed for need! Burdock is considered a weed in the United States, however in Japan and parts of Europe, they eat this plant as a vegetable. Yum Yum!
Burdock is a member of the daisy family. It grows three to four feet tall, has a flower that blooms between June and October, and has wavy heart-shaped leaves with whitish bottoms. The best part of this plant is the root! This is where all the medicinal value of his plant lies. The root grows deep in the soil so the outside gets a brownish-green to black stain on the outside, from the soil.
The root contains anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, and antibacterial. For many years it’s been used as a blood purifier to rid the body of toxins; as a diuretic, to rid the body of excess fluids; as a topical remedy on the skin, for eczema, acne, and psoriasis. However, the main medicinal use was to treat cancer, diabetes, and AIDS.
There are some side effects. Burdock slows blood clotting. People who are allergic to the daisy and ragweed family may have an allergic reaction to this plant, too. People who have hypoglycemia should not take burdock. Also, you should stop the use of burdock before a scheduled surgery.
As always love your weeds and enjoy them!!!