Burdock root oil has been used for centuries to treat a variety of condition, and in recent years has been used for various skin conditions.
Known as the Arctium lappa, this biennial plant and member of the daisy family grows in waste areas in Europe, North America and Asia.
The root of the plant is where the medicinal properties lie, and the powerful compounds held within act as a blood cleanser and detoxifier.
Burdock root oil is commonly used to treat skin problems, such as acne, eczema. boils and hives. The multi-purpose herb is an antiseptic as well as an anti-fungal and anti-virus.
Burdock oil is also a liver detoxifier that can help the body metabolize wastes and toxins.
Usually burdock is either dried and made into a supplement, or an oil is extracted from grinding its different parts. The dried part is taken internally whereas the oil can be used topically. The oil, sometimes called bur oil, is often used on the scalp to treat dandruff and dry skin. It is believed to be rich in essential fatty acids that are good for moisturizing and hydrating the skin. It can also speed up wound healing and is used for acne and psoriasis as well as eczema.
The anti-inflammatory properties are the best burdock benefits you might enjoy. Inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to injury or illness. When the body is injured or it senses an illness it sends blood to the affected area to speed up healing. Blood brings nutrients and oxygen with it as it circulates to the cells, and these are needed for those cells to heal.
When the body has an exaggerated response to injuries or an illness it may send too much blood and in turn, a part of the body becomes inflamed. When this happens around joints, they can become immobile as they are difficult to bend or move. Anti-inflammatory medicines help to thin the blood or dilate the blood vessels, or may address the body’s autoimmune response that causes this inflammation. This can provide relief from pain and stiffness and allow the body to heal as it should.
The supplement can help those with arthritis, to ease the swelling and joint pain associated with this disease and keep joints mobile. Inflammation is also often associated with the growth of cancer cells, so the plant may help to lower a person’s risk of cancer or slow the growth of tumors.
Burdock as a Food
Along with supplements, burdock can also be found as a food especially in Japan where its roots are often served as an appetizer. Dandelion and burdock is a common drink in the British Isles, resembling root beer or sarsaparilla. Centuries ago it contained alcohol and was served as a light mead but today it’s a nonalcoholic soft drink widely available.
In addition to trying a supplement, why not consider trying either of these so you can enjoy burdock benefits for yourself?