Burdock, scientific name Arctium lappa, is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family whose root is used as a powerful natural remedy. The use of burdock as a medicinal plant has a great tradition, in fact already in ancient China this plant was used to treat colds while it even appears in the herbology volume The Compendium of Materia Medica written by Li Shizhen in 1578 during the Ming dynasty.
Science has become very interested in burdock and, as often happens, research has confirmed the healthy benefits of this plant. Nowadays, the burdock is known as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and even anti-tumor plant (Predes et al, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2011). But, above all, burdock is used and appreciated for its draining, diuretic, purifying and prebiotic properties, thus resulting able to balance the intestinal bacterial flora, to protect and support the liver, to act with an antibacterial effect and to improve the appearance and texture of the skin (Awale et al , Cancer Res, Feb 2006 - Chan et al, Inflammopharmacology, Oct 2011). Thanks to these characteristics, burdock is therefore useful in case of acne, since it acts by reducing inflammation and the number of lesions, seborrhea, eczema and mycosis (Miglani et al, Homeopathy, Jul 2014). Burdock can be taken in the form of mother tincture or decoction. Avoid the burdock during pregnancy and lactation, if you suffer from diabetes or are taking hypoglycemic drugs as the burdock also acts by reducing the blood sugar level.
Pour a teaspoon of burdock roots and a cup of water into a pot. Bring to a boil and let it simmer for 3 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to brew for 5 minutes. Then filter and drink to get benefits from the purifying and diuretic properties of burdock, to improve the skin and the digestion. The decoction can also be applied on the skin. You just have to let it cool down a bit, then soak a gauze in the tea and apply on the skin in case of acne and blackheads.
You can take the mother tincture of burdock in a dose of 30-50 drops, 1 to 3 times a day. In case of acne, eczema and in general of skin diseases you can take together with burdock mother tincture also the mother tincture of Heartsease (viola tricolor) in order to take advantage from their synergy.