A couple of weeks ago I was in the produce section at Whole Foods and stumbled upon fresh burdock root. Wow, I have always wanted to experience the taste of the fresh root for I have always purchased the dried root for my herbal teas. The fresh root has a pleasantly delicious earthy sweetness and is highly fibrous, I encourage you to try it. The Japanese name for burdock root is gobo. Within the culture, the root is a culinary staple as a vegetable, seasoning and for medicinal purposes.

You can add the root to your juicing recipes for the blood purifying properties, added minerals and vitamins. You could also add the root to your salad and soup or any other main dish. The root is consumed like a carrot and considered to be a root vegetable packed with plenty of nutrients and healing capabilities.

As mentioned, the root is a blood purifier and detoxifier, burdock has an abundance of minerals and iron that are valuable to the blood. The bountifulness of minerals and iron within burdock promotes healthy kidney function by helping the organ to filter the blood eliminating harmful acid. As a liver detoxifier, burdock aids the liver by providing the nutrients to remove waste. This is the reason it is considered a blood tonic. For those suffering from joint inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout, burdock aids in removing uric acid waste. As a diuretic the root reduces swelling in the hands and feet.

Burdock root is useful in treating most skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Here is a partial list of the healing components to this wonderful herbal root from Diane Stein’s book Healing Herbs A to Z:

Use for cancer, HIV, bacterial infections, reduces blood sugar, hair loss, dandruff, sores, psoriasis, eczema, hives, lice and ringworm, warts, skin ulcers, acne, boils, diuretic for kidney stones, bladder and kidney infections, water retention, liver diseases, hemorrhoids, gout, rheumatism, colds, sore throat, anti-inflammatory, laxative, blood thinner.

There are no known side effects but if there is an allergic reaction, avoid. Enjoy the taste of it!

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