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Lappa Arctium

Greater Burdock

Commonly known as burdock, is easily identified by its large leaves, purple flowers, and burrs that easily cling to clothing or animal fur. The burdock plant has many medicinal and culinary uses from its roots to its leaves.
Lappa Arctium


Greater burdock, gobō, edible burdock, lappa, beggar's buttons, thorny burr, or happy major 




Burdock is an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-tumorogenic, bitter, diuretic, immuno-stimulant and laxative.


Burdock is believed to help increase the cellular metabolism, which has been beneficial in treating conditions such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis. 


    Burdock has several health benefits and when used, it can help support digestion by stimulating the digestive system and acting as a mild laxative. It is also known to help regulate blood sugar levels and is a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Burdock has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are beneficial for skin health. The burdock root can treat conditions like acne or eczema.


    Burdock can be harvested and used in culinary preparations such as teas, stir fries, or in vegetables side dishes, but it is more common in traditional medicine. For medicinal use, burdock root extract can be used topically for skin conditions, such as acne and eczema. It can also be consumed in the form of a supplement such as capsules, tinctures, and extracts to support liver function and promote overall health. People also use burdock oil in their hair to help with issues like dandruff. 


    Burdock has been used for centuries and is well-known for being used in traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese and Japanese used burdock to clear toxins from the blood and support liver and kidney function. In traditional European medicine, burdock was used for its diuretic properties and to support skin health. Burdock then gained popularity in Western herbalism in the 20th century and was commonly used in teas. 


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