Burdock root tea, infusion, using the fresh root, for detox
named for the burrs, and the similarity to dock, as in yellow dock,which is so common in England, Rumex, another powerful hepatic (liver tonic)
minor (Common Burdock)
fresh root tea tastes like an elixir of life!
It is a an hepatic (a liver tonic and cholagogue - stimulates the release of bile), a lymphatic, an anti-cancer agent (the primary ingrediant in Essiac, for example)
off about a 2 inch segment of the root. Slice it in half (or possibly quarters).
Cover with water (2 to 6 cups, half a pint, half a liter - approximately).
Bring to a boil, then let it steep.
if you are drinking burdock
particularly if you ail
you should see a doctor
anyone could be
allergic to anything
and as Dr. Duckworth says
anything can cause anything
The simpler way to make the tea is to grate it into a cup and add boiling water
- however, when grated it oxidizes (turns brown) really quickly,
and you don't get that amazing blue elixar,
but its really simple to brew thus...
(slice slice slice)
you can find Burdock root amongst the produce in some health food stores, in some Korean (and Japanese) store where it is known as Gobo
you can harvest the root of this common plant, which takes much digging.
You need to, either, harvest the first year plant in the autumn or the second year plant in the spring, when the root is "ripest". (Through the second year, while flowering and going to seed, it becomes depleted.)
This picture is probably late summer towards towards autumn. In the bottom right-hand corner there is a first year plant, and behind to the left several sprouted to flower towards seed.
think Burdock makes wonderful tea,
Note: Burdock stimulates the liver, pushes its functions (as in detox, as in bile). It does not protect or repair the liver! So it is not for liver disease (indeed probably counterindicated). For that use milk thistle.
as usual wikipedia has a
wicked article on Burdock
burdock root interferes with iron absorption when taken internally. Because of
its diuretic actions, burdock should not be taken during pregnancy or lactation.
Burdock has been shown to interact with hypoglycaemic drugs, anti-inflammatory
medications and lithium therapy, when taken internally."
read that it
purple sage's page is wonderful. a great herbal resource.
my other two sources have gone belly up