i wild forage burdock at the first signs of spring, the tail ends of fall, and always on the new moon. this is peak root season.
it's a biannual plant. while the roots are the medicinal aspect of the plant, it does produce leaves and burs.
that means the plant balances its priorities throughout the year.
the roots from earliest spring were sure to be first year plants that survived winter and were proceeding into their second year.
all of the plant's energy as well as nutritional + medicinal potential rested in the roots. that potential has not yet risen into newly developing foliage.
this is when i harvest most of my burdock and dandelion for the year.
at the end of fall i harvest second year roots just before the end of their life cycle.
they're larger and have had more experiences than the first year roots that aren't a full year old by late fall.
plants that have survived adversity become medicines that help us survive and flourish through our own.
this tincture has been long steeped in grain alcohol and tinctured fresh.
burdock root lubricates joints and cleans out interstitial fluids.
it's a specific for hip joint troubles. it's a specific for bursitis.
over and over again i've seen people in screaming pain from bursitis wake up 80% better the next morning from some burdock tea + tincture.
it's very gentle and very reliable. it's actually a food grade herb and can be eaten like a vegetable. it tastes like a medicinal earthy carrot.
burdock also cleans out the liver. it appeals to pathways that help the body digest fats properly. it nourishes and cleans them.
this is very helpful for thin/weak/deficient people with poor digestion who -need- to digest fats well to build themselves back up.
burdock is nutritive and helpful for those with poor fat digestion/assimilation and dry skin.
if digestive reflexes are fundamentally weak/deficient, you'll need an additional bitter to reset + strengthen those reflexes.
it’s also very helpful for people with sturdy, big boned constitutions that tend hold water weight and have sluggish lymphatic drainage.
it's also outstanding joint support. this type tends towards stiff + painful backs.
i use burdock in a detox formula that is useful for dry skin, eczema + psoriasis.
eczema and psoriasis are almost always from a food allergy, so keep that in mind if you want to get rid of it for good.
herbs can palliatively help, but without resolving the root problem it's an uphill battle.
peek my 'cold weather detox tincture'
i often use burdock in combination with at least one other herb. i consult for free so you can get the safest, most minimal + effective regimen to suit your needs.
it shouldn't take more than a few days to begin seeing change and benefit from properly selected remedies.
it shouldn't take more than a month to see strong results.
please feel free to message me with your specific concerns and i can make you a custom remedy or confirm a good choice.