Happy New Year! Hope you rang in 2014 with some wonderful celebrations! Now it’s time to roll out your New Year’s resolutions and roll up your sleeves for the “clean-up”. While we certainly encourage you to turn over a new leaf and get down to a post-holiday house scrub, why not also do some inside-the-body cleaning with Burdock? Burdock can turn on the tap, get the mop out and clear out internal debris accumulated after too much partying. It can help you sweat and urinate and move your bowels. You won’t have to wait until spring to get a mini-detox going.
Burdock (arctium lappa) is a common plant found along the sides of roads in North America and Europe. The root is greyish-brown on the outside and whitish on the inside. Both the tea and tincture can be used for stomach complaints and it is reported to be able to neutralize and eliminate poisons (like alcohol) in the body. Burdock cordial can still occasionally be found in smaller shops in Europe – a reminder of it’s popular cleansing reputation.
Burdock contains a type of starch called inulin which is important for the metabolism of carbohydrates. The inulin in Burdock is said to be the source of of most of its healing powers. Burdock also contains a lot of vitamin C and iron, some vitamin A, B-complex and vitamin E and small amounts of sulphur, silicon, copper, iodine and zinc. Preliminary research has pointed to its ability to stimulate anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging activities.
Burdock, known as a “blood purifier”, has been used for years in traditional Herbal Medicine to help remove accumulated waste products via the kidneys, skin and mucous membranes. It was also frequently used to help alleviate the pain associated with rheumatism. Burdock provides bitter stimulation of digestive juice secretion – especially bile. It also supports kidney function and is a mild laxative. Historically it has been used to treat cystitis, arthritis, gout and eczema.
So roll up your sleeves with Burdock in hand and have a happy, healthy, and clean start to this new year.