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Burdock Root - Adaptogen

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

This week I am going to talk about Burdock Root, also known as Beggars Button and Bat Root. There are so many benefits of this plant, both medicinally and spiritually. It grows up to 9 feet tall, has large leaves on the lower part of the plant with gray short hairs on the underside. The smaller leaves adorning the upper part of the plant is paired with clusters of purple flowers with hooked bracts. The entire plant, Leaves, Roots, and seeds can be used and is considered part of the thistle family. I am amazed and excited to incorporate this plant into my life!


Folklore


Rumor has it that Burdock was the inspiration to George de Mestral’s invention of Velcro. Apparently, he examined the fruit of the burdock that had stuck to his dog’s fur and was inspired to invent, create and manufacture the popular household product. It was originally native to Europe and parts of Asia and a part of ancient medicine and brewing practices since the medieval times. Paired with Dandelion root it is said the flavor is similar to American Root Beer.


Medicinal

It is a natural Diuretic and is reputed as a good urine cleanser, blood purifier and helps with the symptoms of arthritis and gout. It acts as a prebiotic in our gut, helping to cultivate healthy flora. It contains Vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, polyacetylenes, chlorogenic acid, taraxosterol, arctigen, inulin, lactone, volatile oils, flavonoids, tannin, mucilage, resin, pectin. It is an Adaptogen, alterative, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-candida, antitussive, aperient, aphrodisiac, cholagogue, demulcent, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, galactagogue, mild laxative, nutritive.



Metaphysical

Those who look for the spiritual or metaphysical properties of plants, Burdock Root is believed to be for Protection, Purification, Healing, Warding, Cleansing, prosperity, virility, and vitality.



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