Have you used this amazing healing plant in your cooking yet?
If not, put it on your list of foods to use as culinary medicine.
I first learned about burdock root over 25 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with cancer and we were using Macrobiotics as a potential healing option.
It was suggested that burdock root acts as a blood purifier.
We ate it in a Japanese dish called Gobo. For that dish, burdock root plus carrots were cut into thin matchsticks and cooked in sesame oil, mirin and shoyu (soy sauce). It was surprisingly delicious!
I still use burdock root today, only I’ve widened out from that original healing diet, and now add it to many different types of dishes – like this delicious Curried Lentils with Burdock recipe.
Here’s some information about burdock that might whet your appetite to try it.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine uses burdock to detox the liver and improve digestion
- Burdock contains bitter glycosides, flavanoids, tannins and inulin that supports digestive health
- Modern research indicates burdock has a liver-protective effect
- It’s useful in treating skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis)
With all of that being said, I say, “Just eat it, for gosh sakes, it’s delicious!”
If you’ve never seen burdock root, it’s brown and looks like a branch that fell off a tree. But, it’s actually a root that grows deep into the ground, and it’s take a lot of digging to free it from the earth.
It’s a physically strong root!
Energetically, this indicates burdock helps strengthen the body. It also shows the direction by which burdock affects the body; it helps energy move downward (down and out!).
The bitter compounds in burdock root stimulate the production of bile that supports the process of digestion helping things move through the digestive tract.
Burdock has long been used as a lipid metabolizer and aids the process of fat digestion.
If you’re not eating this root yet, what the heck are you waiting for?
Try any of these delicious recipes that contains burdock. Your body will thank you!