Burdock is a common backyard weed with many medicinal properties. It balances emotional stress and hormones by supporting the liver and cleansing the blood. My favorite way to partake in this herb's healing powers is by drinking a simple root tea. When taken regularly, Burdock is known to slow tumor growth, cleanse the liver, eliminate all kinds of skin issues, and aid in the relief of constipation.
I usually scavenge for Burdock during the fall. No matter how determined or good you are with a shovel, Burdock roots are not easily eradicated from the soil. They usually have a long tap root burrowing for miles (it seems) into the ground. Occasionally, you can remove the entire system from the soil. When boiling a tea, an earthy potato-like aroma fills the kitchen which is why it is referred to as the "poor man's potato." Below is my method for making this healing tea.
BURDOCK TEA | SUPPORTS LIVER HEALTH
Dig roots in the late summer or early fall.
Chop and dry for winter tea - rinse just before boiling.
1 tsp. of dried root per 1 cup of water
Boil 10 to 15 minutes
Strain and sweeten
1 cup - taken 3 times a day
Add nettle for extra health benefits
DISCLAIMER Before utilizing these herbs, research them to make sure they will not harm your body chemistry. There are no guarantees for the performance or effectiveness of this remedy. Herbs can have different effects on everyones health...please proceed with caution and consult your physician before using this remedy.
I recently learned, to my surprise, that Purslane is one of the healthiest greens we can eat. For years I have been trying to eliminate this "weed" from my garden, only to realize that it has many healing benefits. It is rich in calcium with lots of antidepressant substances for fighting depression, purifying the blood, dissolving kidney stones and decreasing hemorrhoids....wow! Knowing that Purslane is healthy for us and readily available, I'm adding the leaves to my mixed green salads. The mild flavor is pleasant as a baked potato topping too. Be brave and give it a try instead of tossing all the greens on the compost pile.
Nature's pharmacy is all around us. We'll never live long enough to learn all there is to know about plants. Enjoying the goodness of the earth, Sally
Holistic living is about maintaining everyday well-being by using what nature has to offer. This journal is about herbal remedies, how to easily preserve your harvest, and ways to energize your health. Feel free to share your comments and insights.