Want to learn how to make burdock root tea and use it at home? Continue reading and find out the simple burdock root tea recipe.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa) has exceptional detoxifying properties, making it a remedy for many health problems. For centuries, in Europe, burdock root was considered the most important remedy for blood purification. It promptly and efficiently cleans the colon, flushes the kidneys due to its powerful diuretic effects, and helps to eliminate excess water from the body through sweat and urine. Before we show you how to make burdock root tea, here is how to harvest burdock root at home and prepare it.
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How to Harvest Burdock Root
The season for harvesting burdock root is either late autumn or early spring. The root is where the burdock stores its nutrients. Harvest only from plants that are one year old, that is before they start to flower. In the first year of life, the burdock plant develops its root system and leaves, so that in the second year it produces flowers and seeds, after which it dies. After harvesting, thoroughly wash the burdock roots in cold water.
Split them lengthwise and put them to dry in a thin layer, in a warm and cool place. The roots are completely dried when they become stiff and brittle and make an empty sound when you snap them. Store the burdock roots in paper bags in a dry and clean place.
How to Make Burdock Root Tea
Put two teaspoons of ground burdock root in a cup of water and allow to steep for 6-8 hours (overnight) at room temperature. Strain the cold maceration and set aside. Put the used burdock root in another cup of water and simmer for 5 minutes. Set the decoction aside and let it cool down. Finally, combine the two extracts and drink the burdock root tea throughout the day. This is the dose for 1 day, and for best results, drink this tea over the course of 14 days. However, dosage may differ depending on health conditions.
Health Benefits of Burdock Root Tea
Burdock root tea reduces the production of glucose in the liver, improving glucose homeostasis, and stimulates the secretion of insulin in the pancreatic cells, thus reducing insulin resistance. In addition, studies have shown that the aqueous extract of burdock together with that of chicory root has the potential to ameliorate fatty liver in rats fed with a high-fat diet.
There is a category of active principles in the burdock root called polyacetylenes, which have a strong antibiotic effect, especially in treating urinary infections. In addition, burdock root tea has a strong diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect, as well as a slight antipyretic action, i.e. reducing fever, being of great help during acute bouts of fever. In addition, it helps eliminate excess urea, thus preventing and treating gout and even fights drug-induced liver toxicity.
Burdock root tea effectively prevents and combats rheumatic pains, as it stops degenerative processes at the level of the joints, has anti-inflammatory joint effects, and helps stop the destruction processes at the level of the fine cartilaginous tissues in the joints, through its antioxidant action. Topically, burdock root tea regulates the amount of sebum in the skin and helps to heal acne due to its antibacterial and cleansing properties. There are many other health benefits of burdock root tea, but now let’s see how to use this fantastic herbal tea at home.
8 Amazing Burdock Root Tea Uses
The beneficial effects of burdock root tea are amplified when associated with chicory root (Cichorium intybus) and/or globe artichoke leaves (Cynara scolymus). Prepare each of the three teas following the recipe above, and drink one liter (4 cups) per day. If you’re already on insulin treatment, follow this treatment only under the supervision of a specialist, as burdock root, chicory, and artichoke teas drop blood sugar so abruptly, that insulin doses must be adjusted.
2. Kidney Stones
The dosage is one liter (4 cups) of burdock root tea a day, alongside sitz baths with burdock root tea and celandine leaves infusion (Chelidonium majus). This remedy is effective for eliminating tiny kidney stones and for easing the migration of large kidney stones already in the urethras.
3. Adjuvant in Cystitis, Nephritis, and Pyelonephritis
The dose is one liter of burdock root tea per day, along with any kind of medical treatment, either allopathic or natural.
4. Rheumatoid Arthritis
5. Gout, and Excess Blood Urea
1/2 to 1 liter of burdock tea a day for a minimum of 5 weeks. Burdock root tea flushes out urea from the body, both through urine and sweat. Don’t get alarmed if, in the first weeks, your sweat and urine acquire a very pungent smell – it is a clear sign that burdock root is effective, and the excess uric acid salts in the body are eliminated.
6. Allergic Eczema
Drink one liter of burdock root tea a day for at least 30 days. Additionally, apply poultices with burdock root and chamomile flowers, as follows. Mix equal amounts of powdered burdock root and chamomile flowers. Put 2-3 tablespoons of this powder mix in a bowl, add some warm water, and stir continuously, until you make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and keep it for an hour. Wash it off and allow the skin to dry. Repeat daily, until the eczema is gone. This remedy is also recommended for atopic dermatitis.
7. Acne & Sebum
Drink 600 ml of burdock root tea a day as this tea gradually cleanses the skin from irritations and excess sebum from the inside out. This is also an effective remedy for acne (probably due to the hormonal regulating effect of burdock root), and skin allergies (especially in combination with heartsease – Viola tricolor).
8. Hair Loss
In many faraway regions of Russia, old people have healthy and thick hair until old age. Their secret is burdock root tea combined with nettle leaf tea (prepare it the same way). After washing your hair normally, use this herbal mix tea for the final rinse. Do not rinse your hair with water afterward, just leave it in. Drink this burdock root and nettle tea daily, especially at the coming of the cold season. The scientific explanation of the effectiveness of this treatment is that the two medicinal plants help to assimilate trace elements, vital for the health of the hair.
Burdock Root Tea Side Effects
The administration of burdock root has no contraindications. The only precautions will be for people suffering from diabetes, who need to adjust their insulin doses when drinking burdock root tea. Unlike burdock seeds, burdock root is recommended even during pregnancy or breastfeeding, to prevent constipation, and venous problems, and to supplement the body with minerals and vitamins. In very rare cases, allergic dermatitis has been reported after the topical use of burdock root.
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