Frontier Natural Products, Cut & Sifted Burdock Root, 16 oz (453 g)
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Burdock root is a popular folk remedy, and the fresh root is also a tasty vegetable. It is a superior tonic herb and alterative herb. Burdock has a special affinity for the skin and is used in all types of skin preparations. It also makes a pleasant tasting tea.
Burdock is a wide-ranging plant, native or naturalized across North America, Europe and Asia. Usually a biennial, it consists of a rosette of leaves the first year, becoming tall and stately when it is in full bloom in the second year. It can grow up to ten feet tall and three feet wide. It's large, broad leaves, which resemble rhubarb leaves, are bright green with the undersides covered with white, wooly hairs. The flowers are purple and thistle-like in appearance. The burr-like fruits stick to clothing and animal fur and can be painful to remove. Burdock has a long, slender taproot that can grow up to three feet deep. It is commonly found in waste areas and is often considered an annoying weed because of its large size, clinging burs and persistent growth.
The taproot is the part used as the herb. It should be harvested in the fall of the first year, since inulin levels will be highest then. In the spring, the root is more depleted of its energy — and once the roots start to grow, they are considered too weak to be useful.
Inulin is the most abundant constituent of burdock, being present at up to 45% in the root. Other constituents include mucilage, a tiny bit of essential oil, tannins and a number of plant acids.
Burdock roots have a brown bark and a light tan or ivory interior. If the fresh root is damaged or cut, the part exposed to air turns dark — so good color is an indication of proper handling and drying of the fresh roots.
Burdock root powder is tan in color with a faint aroma and a slightly sweet and bitter, mucilaginous taste.
Burdock is grown as a vegetable, primarily in Japan, where it is called gobo. The young roots are harvested before they become fibrous, are peeled to reveal the creamy interior, and then eaten raw, like carrots, as well as in soups and stir-fries. Gobo has a crunchy, somewhat sweet and starchy flavor, and when eaten as a vegetable it is a source of dietary potassium and magnesium. Burdock, like its relatives salsify and chicory, does not contain starch, but rather inulin, a non-starch alternative for energy storage for these roots.
Burdock roots are considered purifying, cleansing, cooling and tonifying to the body. They have a special affinity for the skin and are used both internally and externally for improving skin health. Burdock is often combined with yellowdock root, cleavers or red clover to make a tea or skin wash.
To use as a tea, pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of burdock root. Cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. To make a decoction, add one teaspoon of burdock root to one cup of water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. The flavor of the tea is considered pleasant and more palatable than other herbs with similar uses and therefore often the herb of choice for teens, children and picky adults.
The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies burdock root as:
Class:1 herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately.
*Michael McGuffin, ed., American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, (New York: CRC Press, 1997)
|Serving Size: 1 tsp|
|Servings Per Container: About 172|
|Amount Per Serving||%Daily Value|
|Total Carbohydrates||2 g||<1%*|
|Dietary Fiber||2 g||0%|
|Burdock, cut (root)||2.6 g||**|
|* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** Daily Value not established.
It's great! One of my favourite products. The taste is pleasant and it really purifies the blood. I started combining it with dandelion, horsetail or stinging nettles. I love drinking teas - no sugar, honey or any other sweetener or additive - just pure teas, and they help to reduce my heavy/long/painful periods. I hope this tea has the expected effect on my liver and gallbladder as well.
It's a high quality product that I can trust
Posted by 5000174358140810853 on Feb 15, 2017
Frontier is one of the best for dried herbs! I drink burdock infusion every morning instead of coffee and LOVE it! The whole family does. It fills the home with a wonderful, nutty aroma and keeps my energy level stable all day long.
Great for multiple use
Posted by 5763901356188490307 on Jan 04, 2017
In winters when I drink multiple cups of hot beverages this is handy to make tea. I also use it for making herbal oils. I like the quality of the product and price was very competitive at iherb.
Posted by 5590017853750510501 on Oct 28, 2016
the packaging it comes in is good.
Posted by 5535768661085378111 on Oct 19, 2016
very nice product..outstanding fast delivery!