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Burdock Leaf

Burdock Leaf (Arctium lappa)

Burdock Leaf for Sale

Burdock is a member of the aster family that is native to and naturalized throughout North America. Although it considered a nuisance weed by many, the dried leaves of the plant contain Quercetin and other antioxidants. The dried leaf is encapsulated or used to prepare teas and tinctures.

Burdock leaf was once cooked and eaten as a vegetable in Europe. Although the leaf is a good source of antioxidants, the furry texture, bitter flavor and high mucilage content left a lot to be desired in a vegetable. However, since burdock could be counted on to be in plentiful supply in fields and pastures, it was often the only “greens” available to the peasantry or those who took up residency in public work houses.

Children have always enjoyed playing games with this herb. For example, hurling the seed heads at passersby was a method of divining true love. If the burr stuck to the unsuspecting victim, they were sure to find romance with the one they admired. But it the burr fell to the ground, their beloved would not return their affection.

Origin: United States

Active Compounds: Inulin, mucilage, bitter glycosides such as arctiopicrin, flavonoids, ppolyacetylenes, tannins, volatile oil, sesquiterpenes

Plant Part Used: Leaf

Storage Tips: Store in a sealed container away from direct light, heat and humidity.

Appearance and Aroma: Appears wooly, with a mild, fresh scent.

Cosmetic Uses: Use to make poultices or infuse in oil. Burdock leaf may also be tinctured in witch hazel for topical use.

Culinary Uses: Use in tea blends or sprinkle directly into soups, stews and braised foods to thicken juices. May also be encapsulated as a dietary supplement.

Flavor Profile: Tastes somewhat bitter.

Safety: Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by Canada Health or the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Burdock Leaf for Sale