Burdock / Arctium lappa
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Grows in disturbed soil especially.
Pertinent Information: Alterative. Diuretic. Diaphoretic. Nutritive. Bitter. You can use the seeds and the leaves, but the root is what is most often used. Unearth the roots in the fall. Blood purification, blood tonic, skin diseases. Has an abundance of minerals which makes it good for the blood. The seeds and leaves are used for treating skin disorders, great for psoriasis. Helps the kidneys to filter the blood. An oil in the burdock is eliminated by sweating, removing other toxins. Drink a cup of it and then take a hot bath to clear a fever.
Personal Experience: I have used burdock in bitters formulas and in a few medicinal teas. I put too much in my first bitters and couldn’t palate the taste! The taste and smell are strong and earthy. I've used it in spring tonics as well.
References: Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, 186; The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra, 105-106; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves 143-144