Burdock Weed & Burdock Root: The Many Uses Of Burdock Weed Tea
Burdock Weed: What Is It?
Burdock Weed is exactly what it says on the tin: a weed!
When left to grow wild, it can spread rapidly, and even reach as high as four feet tall! But when used in a beauty and medicinal context, Burdock Weed can be far from the garden pest you may be imagining.
In fact, Burdock Root has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years because it’s believed to aid many different ailments. So, what is it about Burdock Weed that makes it so popular in the holistic medicinal world…?
What Can Burdock Weed Be Used For?
Burdock Weed (specifically the root) is native to North Asia and Europe but now also grows wildly in the United States.
Due to its historical popularity, numerous studies have documented its potential to treat and ease symptoms of several common ailments. However, conclusive proof hasn’t been settled upon but this hasn’t stopped huge numbers of people believing in its effectiveness.
For example, Burdock Weed is believed to be effective in treating:
Blood sugar conditions
Studies have shown that fermented Burdock Weed root can significantly reduce blood sugar in mice, meaning that in future it could be incorporated in the development of treatment of blood sugar conditions like diabetes.
For many centuries, holistic healers have recommended Burdock Weed root to fight off common illnesses like colds, coughs and the flu. That’s because of its antibacterial properties. Some studies have looked at the effect Burdock Weed can have on diminishing oral plaque and aiding urinary tract infections too, but more thorough research is needed to firm up any connection.
Burdock weed is an antioxidant so can help in fighting oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is when an oxygen molecule splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. These are called free radicals. Electrons like to be in pairs, so free radicals (solo electron atoms) scavenge the body to seek out other electrons to pair up with.
Chronic illnesses are often linked with inflammation, caused by oxidative stress and free radical damage. It is thought by many that Burdock Weed root can significantly decrease inflammation, and therefore help alleviate pain and discomfort.
A nifty little root, huh? So, how can you incorporate the plant into your diet and routine?
How To Use Burdock Weed Root
Burdock Weed root is available in many different formulations. It is important to first recognise what you would like to use it for, before you decide on a method of consumption.
For example, if you have a cold you would like to aid, it may be best to take Burdock Weed orally.
This can be done by sourcing the root as a tea, or even as a vitamin supplement. Many point towards the fermentation of Burdock Weed as being the key to its health properties, so look out for products that incorporate fermented Burdock Weed specifically.
If you are utilising the root for inflamed skin conditions, such as acne or eczema, it can be more beneficial to use a paste created from the root topically on the affected area.
Always patch test first when using any new skin product, natural, home-made or otherwise. Apply a small amount of your Burdock Weed paste to a small area (like your wrist) and wait at least 24 hours to determine if you’re sensitive to Burdock Weed or not.
How To Make Burdock Weed Root Tea
Making Burdock Weed root tea is simple, and a glass a day may help keep the sniffles at bay!
Step One: Source a Burdock Weed root. It’s not advised to try and forage your own, so always check with a professional herbalist or health food store server before ingesting the weed yourself.
Step Two: Scrape and scrub down the root.
Step Three: Cut the root into very fine slices, and then allow to dry in the sun until they are ‘crisp’.
Step Four: Pan-fry the dried out root until the pieces are darker brown in colour, and store in an air tight container.
Step Five: When you’d like to make a cup of tea, simply steam a few pieces of the dried out root in boiling water for ten minutes. Then, remove the slices from the liquid, and drink when it reaches a safe temperature.
Remember: when trying to support your body, a healthy diet is at the very core of any ailment’s treatment. Always use Burdock Weed root, and other associated substances, in conjunction with healthy, natural lifestyle choices, and considered products.
If you are receiving medical treatment for a diagnosed condition, or take regular meds for a pre-existing issue, and want to try Burdock Weed alongside your medication, always check in with your doctor first.