Burdock is a member of the daisy and sunflower family, although its appearance immediately indicates its place in the thistle group of plants. Attractive and sturdy, burdock is most likely to be found on the roadside and other undisturbed places. The “dock” portion of its name speaks to the large, downy leaves of the plant, which are used fresh to make poultices or harvested and dried to make bitter teas and tonics. While the entire plant contains antioxidant compounds such as quercetin and inulin, they are concentrated in burdock roots collected from first year plants. Dried and powdered burdock root are used to prepare topical skin formulations as well as teas and tinctures.*
Burdock leaf is one of the best all around treatments for problems with bacterial or fungal infections. It's found in Europe and Asia and has been used by the Chinese and Japanese for many years to treat all kinds of problems such as colds and flu. It has also been used to treat problems with the kidneys. Burdock leaf actually has three major benefits: it's an antibacterial agent, an antifungal agent, and it works as a diuretic. These three functions come together to provide you with the power you need to fight disease.*
As an antibacterial agent, burdock leaf can do many things. First, you can use it topically to treat minor skin problems such as bruises and scrapes. It can also help to speed the healing of burns and protect you from infection. When skin is burned, it leaves you much more vulnerable to bacterial invasion. Burdock can also be used topically on the skin to help treat acne. Acne is actually a tiny bacterial infection under the skin. When you use burdock, you help to kill off the bacteria and give your skin a chance to heal.*
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