Oct 15 2015

Burdock – Blood cleanser and strengthener


 Have you ever wondered how to make one of those tinctures you see in the store? Well, this is the way I make mine and save money doing it. Read on, learn, and save!

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)

The medicine is in the root!

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)  has many medicinal and nutritional qualities. It is a great source of Vitamin A, B, C, minerals, and amino acids. Besides being nourishing and strengthening to your liver, it is an herb that will flush out all those toxic metals you have hiding within your body, and it is a classic blood builder and cleanser.

Why would you need a blood cleanser?

Well, toxins accumulate in our system and cause tiredness, afflictions, and disease. Using burdock root is a great way to clear the blood and keep it clean, therefore keeping us healthy. Burdock will purify, cleanse, and improve the performance of your vital organs. It also removes uric acid from the blood. Uric acid that accumulates in the blood can cause gout and kidney stones.

What else is Burdock good for?

It is good for your brain and nervous system, hair, skin (acne and eczema), nails,  and can be used topically to help correct skin disorders. It is used in anti-cancer teas and protocols. If you have indigestion, take a bit of burdock. The usual tonic dosage is 1-2 droppersfull, 2-3 times a day will suffice.

Burdock root is quite edible!

Fresh burdock root is eaten as a vegetable in many parts of the world. I love fresh burdock root! The taste is the cross between celery and potato. It’s tasty when cut up and tossed in soups or stews, or pickled and eaten as a side dish.

When I lived in Los Angeles, California, I would purchase fresh burdock roots at either the local Whole Foods Market or at a Japanese grocery store. Now that I live in Nebraska, I can’t find any fresh! I may have to look into growing our own. Until then, I will have to tincture the dried burdock root which I have purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Contraindications: Too large a dose may have a laxative effect. If you are pregnant, do not use as it may cause contractions of the uterus.



4 oz. of dried Burdock Root
20 oz. of Vodka or Everclear

1-quart mason jar
Small scale, measuring cups, wooden spoon, label for jar
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)


Measure out 4 oz. of burdock root on a scale and pour in a 1-quart mason jar.

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)


Pour 20 oz. of Vodka or Everclear into measuring cup and then pour over burdock root in a 1-quart mason jar. Stir with wooden spoon and then cap it.

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)


Label jar as follows:
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Born: (Date of tincture)
Press: (Six to eight weeks from date of tincture making)

Place jar of burdock tincture in a dark, cool, dry area and stir with a wooden spoon or shake a couple times a day for the next six to eight weeks.
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)


When the date arrives to press the herb, make sure you have the following on hand:

Burdock Root mixture
Coffee press or strainer
Cheesecloth or an old clean white t-shirt or similar
Large measuring cup or similar to pour in fresh strained tincture
Small funnel
Small or large tincture bottles with eyedropper tops (for tincture)

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)


Open jar with burdock root and pour into coffee press or into a strainer lined with cheesecloth or similar. Strain and pour the liquid into measuring cup or similar. You can press or squeeze out extra liquid from the left over herbs and continue to do so until you feel you have gotten all liquid out.

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)



When you have all the liquid separated from the herb, put the funnel in the small tincture bottles and pour the liquid into them and cap them.

Remember to label and date the tincture bottle as such:
Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)
Date of pressing
Dosage instructions           
   Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)


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Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs. Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1987. Print.

Castleman, Michael. The Healing Herbs. Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1991. Print.

Kloss, Jethro. Back to Eden. California: Back to Eden Publishing Co., 1992. Print


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  1. rudy silva

    This is cool information. Using this method i can do a variety of tinctures. I will look around here for different herbs, since we don’t have hardly any loose herbs sold here. I have to see if i can find an herb store. Time to make our own tinctures for the coming Turmoil

  2. Mark Robbins

    We make a variety of our tinctures here at home! We order our bulk herbs through Mountain Rose Herbs, Dr Christopher and even Amazon!

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