DIY Homemade Burdock Solutions

To experience burdock’s curative and beneficial effects, you can purchase it in powder, decoction, tincture, pill, and extract form. Or you can try making any of these burdock products right from home.

Burdock Leave-on Conditioner

Burdock has medicinal qualities that are perfect for hair care. It helps strengthen the hair shaft and keeps hair strands moisturized.

Burdock has also been found effective against hair loss. It contains mucilage, a gelatinous substance that has polysaccharides and protein, which accounts for its ability to strengthen and condition hair and prevent hair tangles.

Mucilage also has other medicinal benefits for the body including lowering cholesterol, preventing constipation, and inhibiting pathogenic bacteria from causing intestinal decomposition.

What you will need:

  • 20 dried hibiscus flowers
  • 3 tablespoons of dried burdock root
  • 3 tablespoons of dried marshmallow root
  • Water
  • A pot
  • Plastic wrap
  • A strainer
  • A squeeze bottle
  • A funnel

Instructions for making burdock leave-on conditioner:

  • Pour some water in a pot and place it over medium heat.
  • When the water starts to simmer or is on low boil, lower the heat and then add the dried hibiscus flowers. Let the flowers simmer for about 5 minutes. Avoid letting the water boil.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and pick out the flowers.
  • Add the dried marshmallow root followed by the dried burdock root. Stir.
  • With a plastic wrap, cover the pot and allow the herbs to infuse. Let it stand for about 15 minutes.
  • Use a strainer to separate the liquid from the remains of the burdock and marshmallow roots. Pour it directly into a plastic squeeze bottle or use a funnel if available.

You can use your natural burdock conditioner after shampooing. Just squeeze some into your hand and massage onto your hair. Use a comb to spread the conditioner. Leave it on and let your hair dry naturally.

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Burdock Root Oil

Having some homemade burdock root oil at hand is good for your health.

Some have attested to the effectiveness of this root oil against skin conditions like acne. Others use it on their hair to treat itchy scalp. Some people add their burdock root oil into things such as face packs, shampoos, and conditioners. Others prefer to dab the oil directly on areas that need it. If you want some burdock root oil at your disposal, below is a simple guide on how to make some.

What you will need:

  • 1 to 2 stalks of burdock root
  • Extra virgin olive oil or any other vegetable oil
  • A knife
  • A mortar and pestle
  • A vacuum-sealed glass jar

Instruction for making your burdock root oil:

  • Wash the roots in hot water.
  • You can either peel and slice them into small pieces with a knife or pound the cut pieces with a mortar and pestle until the flesh comes out.
  • If you smash the roots with the mortar and pestle, give it a day to dry out. Drying the roots allows the nutrients to stay within the root. After drying, place the root pieces in a clean glass jar.
  • Fill the glass jar with extra virgin olive oil and then seal tightly.
  • Set the glass jar aside, preferably in a dark room, for 4 to 6 weeks. This will allow the root to infuse. Check it at least once a week to see if there are little bubbles present. These signify gas buildup. Just open the lid to let the gas out before resealing tightly.

Burdock Root Tea

In Japan and in other Asian countries, burdock is not only a key ingredient in dishes but also a popular tea. Burdock tea may be a bit strong in taste and aroma as compared to other more common herbal teas.

What you will need:

  • Fresh burdock root or 1 tablespoon dried burdock root
  • 3 cups of water
  • A knife
  • A stainless steel pot with a lid

Instructions for making burdock root tea:

  • Chop the root and place about 2 tablespoons of it in a stainless steel pot.
  • Fill the pot with 3 cups of water and then bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it steep for 20 more minutes.

An alternative way of preparing your burdock root tea is by using a peeler to slice off pieces of the root instead of chopping them with a knife.

Also, you can dry them under the sun for up to 6 hours. You’ll need to turn the pieces over every now and then while drying them.

For a different flavor, you can roast the dried burdock slices in a frying pan without any oil.

Wait until they become golden brown, which may take around 10 minutes. The next step is to let them cool before storing the dried and roasted burdock root in an airtight glass jar. Burdock tea is made by steeping an ample amount of the stored root pieces in hot water. You can also boil the burdock roots along with the water.

How to grow and cultivate Burdock and it’s medicinal uses.

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