Burdock Root Benefits

Burdock Root Benefits 

Get to know the burdock and discover some awesome burdock root benefits.

Burdock is a hardy biennial plant. The purple thistle-like flowers of the burdock plant sprout the second year of growth.  The burdock plant can reach 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall.

The official name “Arctium” comes from the Greek word “bear”.

  The name “lappa” comes from the Latin word “lappare” which means “to seize”. That refers to the burs which stick to the fur of animals who brush by the plant. 

The name “burdock” was given to the plant reflecting to the fruits as burs and the huge dock-like leaves. A popular nickname for burdock is “Beggar’s button”.


The leaves are large and oval shaped. They can be about 50 cm (20 in) long. The burdock leaves are whitish underneath.

The purple flowers of the burdock can be up to 4 cm (1.5 in) wide. They are followed by fruits that are covered with hocked spines which contain beige seeds.

Burdock self-sows readily. Burdock seeds can also be planted directly into the ground in spring.

Burdock Root BenefitsThe burdock root can be very long. To get this wonderful root out you will need a shovel. They can be up to a meter (3 feet) long.

Parts used: Leaves, roots and seeds.


Burdock in Cooking

Burdock root is used in cooking as a vegetable. In Japan there it is common to use burdock root in cooking. They call it “gobo”. Burdock root can be prepared and cooked the same way as carrots. Burdock root can also be eaten raw.

Kinpira is a traditional dish in Japan with consists of stir fried burdock roots and carrots in a little oil. Add rice wine, soy sauce and a little sugar. Sprinkle the dish with sesame seeds. It tastes absolutely delicious.

You should soak the burdock in cold water for about 20 minutes before cooking it. Burdock root will take a little longer to cook than carrot.

You can also slice burdock roots diagonally into thin slices and use them in soups and stews.

Burdock root will oxidize very quickly. If it is left out it will discolor and turn brown. Place the chopped roots in water right away before cooking. The natural burdock root has a white color inside.

Warning: The root of the belladonna also known as Deadly Night Shade has a similar look to the root of the burdock. The belladonna is extremely toxic. Always buy burdock root from a trusted merchant.

The leaves of the burdock are also edible. The leaves have a bitter taste. They need to be soaked in water before using them in cooking. That draws out some of the bitterness.




Burdock Root Benefits a Medicinal Herb


Burdock is rich in Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3 and C.

Burdock is considered a blood purifier. Burdick root is beneficially for the liver.

Burdock root is used by many to help get rid of acne problems.

Burdock root seems to have a very positive effect on many different skin problems. There have been many reports stating that burdock root has a very positive effect on keeping eczema under control.

Burdock is good for your hair and nails.

The burdock leaves are used to treat bruises. Chop up the leaves and mix with a little clay. Pat it on your bad bruise. The bruise should be gone in a couple of days.

Pregnant women should always consult their doctor before any treatment with herbal medicinal products. This also includes burdock.






George de Mestral from Switzerland invented Velcro. It is told he got the idea after examining burdock.

George de Mestral used to take his dog for walks in the Alps. His dog would often get covered in burdock which stuck to the fur.

Instead of feeling frustrated, he was curious. George de Mestral carefully removed the burdock from his dog’s fur and examined the burdock under the microscope.

To make a long story short he invented Velcro. Velcro was patented in 1955.








  1. shihara says

    I am from Switzerland can i know from where i can get Burdock fresh. from long time i am serching pls help me to find .

  2. Michael says

    I have a concern about the Burdock root that I purchased from a health food store. It looks brown on the outside and a white color on the inside and is cut into small chips.

    Per the following statement: Burdock root will oxidize very quickly. If it is left out it will discolor and turn brown.

    Do you know if the purchased Burdock from the health store still has its original properties even though it looks brown and white?

    • I. Johanne says

      If the burdock root does not feel spongy, it will be fine. Good quality burdock root feels firm .

      Burdock root normally is good for about a week when stored in a cool place. Keep the root covered in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. In the store you should find burdock root on the refrigerated shelves.

      The skin of the burdock root is naturally brown and the root is white inside. It is best not to peel the burdock root before you are ready to use it. Once it is peeled it will oxidize quickly (just like the potato). Preferably use a thin-bladed knife. You want all the good stuff.

      Slice it into thin pieces before adding it to your stir-fry or whatever.
      You can find a lot of great recipes on the internet. Enjoy!

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