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 Root c/s, 1/4lb
Burdock root is harvested as a vegetable in Japan and was once used to provide bitter flavor to European beers. The sliced, dried root is used to make infusions and decoctions, usually for the purposed of preparing a poultice.