The root of the burdock plant has been harvested for many centuries thanks to its potent medicinal qualities, which range from soothing the kidneys and helping constipation through to acting as a detoxifier and helping with fluid retention. It’s a popular botanical ingredient thanks to the popular dandelion and burdock drink. It also has a non-medicinal claim to fame – it is said that the plant’s sticky burrs inspired Velcro.
The soluble and prebiotic fibre, inulin is contained in burdock root which can help to improve digestive issues. This clever fibre can help to regulate levels of inflammation in the gut and help to remove toxins from the body. It also contains the healing mucilage – which can protect the mucous membrane layer of the stomach and aid healing if it’s troubled by over-acidity or inflammation. The root is usually used in its powdered form to create a host of natural remedies.
Burdock root also has an impact on the blood and circulatory systems, which makes it a good choice for skincare. The active compounds arctiin and ligans, which are contained in the roots, have matrix-stimulating properties and so it helps to promote supple, youthful skin.
The root is also a rich source of plant chemicals called polyacetylenes, which boast anti-fungal and antibiotic properties. This helps to keep skin clear and healthy and is useful for acne preparations that are designed to minimise bacteria on the skin.
Burdock root is a known detoxifier and works by removing harmful toxins from the body to help keep skin clear – it’s also a natural blood purifier so it can help those with eczema. The powdered root of the burdock plant can be made into an infusion and added to skin creams and lotions.
Dandelion and burdock is a well-known drink – though some mass-produced versions of it contain little to none of either ingredients. Others use the actual ingredients to achieve a more authentic flavour – these two botanical ingredients pair particularly well. It can also be used in root beers, cordials and to make burdock tea.
At Joseph Flach & Sons we stock an extensive collection of botanical and related products which can be used in food preparations, animal feed, cosmetics and skincare, beverages and herbal medicines. We trade all over the UK and beyond, with 50 per cent of our business coming from export sales. We have a well-established and trusted supplier network so we can bring our customers the very finest quality ingredients, backed by our expert knowledge.
We offer burdock root in the following forms:
Burdock Herb Cut – Botanical name: Arctium lappa
Burdock Leaves Cut – Botanical name: Arctium lappa
Burdock Root Cut – Botanical name: Arctium lappa
Burdock Root Powder – Botanical name: Arctium lappa
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