Burdock Root

Burdock root is a vegetable native to Northern Asia and Europe, though it now grows in the United States. Burdock has been used for centuries in holistic medicine to treat a variety of different conditions. Burdock root has been shown to contain multiple types of powerful antioxidants that protect the scalp and hair from free radicals as well as reducing inflammation. Research also has found that burdock root effectively detoxified the blood and promoted increased circulation in the surface of the skin (*17). The increased circulation the root provides bolsters opening up the capillaries under the dermatitis layer and eliminating waste and toxins. Burdock has long been used to treat skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema and the root’s anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties can help resolve skin issues when applied topically to the skin(*18). There is further evidence that burdock root may help treat topical burns. Burdock root has also been used to prevent thinning hair and bals spots and encouraging hair growth. Thinning hair and bald spots come from several factors including vitamin deficiencies such as low vitamin D, vitamin A or Vitamin C, iron, folic acid, and a bad diet. Burdock root contains the following vitamins and elements that help combat thinning hair including vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin C, phosphorous, calcium, iron and copper. There is even evidence that burdock root can diminish the effects of aging by retaining collagen and reducing inflammation.