Burdock

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Arctium lappa

Long roots growing to 100 by 2cm. Young roots can be peeled and eaten in salads, older roots are cooked as a root vegetable. Very popular in Asian cuisine. Mild bittersweet flavour. Strong aroma. Has many medicinal uses. Fast growing. Also known as "Gobo".

Burdock root helps the body cleanse itself from toxins, opening the channels of elimination, bowel, kidney, lungs and skin. Useful where there is a buildup of metabolic waste with associated inflammation as in rheumatism, gout and arthritis. Burdock is a potent blood cleanser useful for skin conditions such as boils, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. A decoction of burdock root and dandelion root can be taken for acne.

The seeds have a reported hypoglycemic action. Chinese use the seed to cool and decongest. An infusion of the seeds will help to remove toxins in fevers and infections of mumps and measles.

Burdock likes a deep soil, for its long root to develop, grow in an open sunny position. It will readily reproduce itself from dropped seed.

Grown and potted using: Organic heirloom open pollinated seed, organic nutrient rich soil (vg), 80mm biodegradable certified organic wood chip pot (no transplanting required).