Burdock root… 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, just eat it, for gosh sakes, it’s delicious!
If you’ve never seen a 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 takes a lot of digging to free it from the earth.
It’s a physically strong root!
Energetically, this indicates burdock strengthens the body. It also shows the direction by which burdock affects the body; it helps energy move downward to help you get grounded.
The bitter compounds in burdock stimulates the production of bile that supports digestion. Burdock has long been used as a lipid metabolizer to aid the digestion of fats.
If you’re not eating this root yet what the heck are you waiting for?
Try any of these delicious recipes that contain burdock. Your body will thank you!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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