You may have been out on a walk through the woods and came across this common “weed”. It is pesky and grabby and may be an annoyance to you at first as commonly you would find burrs that have some how clung to your clothes, shoes, socks and anything else you could think of. They may have even grabbed at your pets from time to time. This “weed” is actually related to sunflowers and part of the daisy family. Although at first glance it may appear only a weed, if one looks again they would find a highly nutritious and grounding herb. Burdock root is a vegetable used both in herbal medicine and culinary kitchens. It is very grounding and revitalizing and has shown to be very detoxifying. In its studies it has shown to be particularly wonderful for the liver and in turn has helped with skin and kidney conditions and has even shown to lower blood pressure.
Vitamins and Minerals
Phytochemicals that are in the burdock root work to support the liver in reducing growth of cysts and adhesions and repair scar tissue in the liver. Burdock offers every trace mineral on the spectrum including B vitamins, A, C and K. It is high in manganese, magnesium, iron, silicon and thiamine. It is a very cooling and alkalizing herb and it has been used in treating stagnant conditions of the blood, eczema and psoriasis, acne and other skin-related imbalances. It promotes healthy kidney function and helps to expel uric acid from the body.
How Do I Eat It?
Burdock root can be used in many different ways. It has a very pleasant flavor so often it is paired with other bitter herbs. Fresh, young burdock root can be used like any other root vegetable (such as carrots and potatoes) in soups and stir-fries. There are may recipes on the internet that include using burdock root. It has even been the prized vegetable at many fancy restaurants and is often called “gobo root”. When it is grated or lightly steamed you would hardly recognize it was a silly “weed” at all.