Wildcrafting Wednesday
Finally, I dug up the Gobo Burdock roots!!!

This year was the first that I tried to grow burdock so I planted 6 seedlings. Four of them took and three took over most of the raised bed.

Burdock in September with holy basil, motherwort and lemon balm and regular basil
Burdock in September with holy basil, motherwort and lemon balm and regular basil

After I harvested the plants, I noticed Motherwort was hiding under all the foliage of the Burdock. Guess that is one strong little plant!

Being that we already had a few very cold days below 35, I thought there is no way these burdock roots will be good. Ha! They were PERFECT and not difficult to get out of the ground. Remember that Lemongrass fiasco??? I only got one of those plants up, the other can just stay there forever as far as I am concerned.

I kind of thought the burdock would be similar to digging yellow dock – nope. Maybe it was the raised beds, maybe it was the beautiful healthy soil or maybe just luck. 😀 Whatever the case may be, I will definitely plant more next year and way more.

I washed all of the roots in a bucket which took longer than digging them up but who wants dirty, gritty roots?! The roots were beautiful and I remember my teacher Patricia saying we have to clean and cut up roots right away otherwise they will get too hard to cut.

burdock roots

Tincturing was the next step. Fresh burdock should be tinctured at 75% alcohol, 25% water. I chopped it up tiny, weighed it and added the roots to a quart glass jar. I measured my alcohol – pure cane organic alcohol, measured my water and mixed the two liquids together.

Next step was pouring the liquid over the roots and mixing well. Perfect. Now to let it sit for a couple weeks!

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Here it is after a week –

working its magic
working its magic

burdock tinc2

There will be a lot of tincture. 🙂 Here is your monograph on Burdock:

Gobo Burdock (Arctium lappa)

burdock flower

Burdock is in the Asteraceae Family. It is a biennial that can grow 9 feet tall if allowed. The plant has large alternate cordiform leaves. Burdock has pinkish-purple flowers that develop into a spiny burr that contains many seeds. The burrs stick to everything and supposedly the plant inspired the idea of velcro!

It can grow easily from seeds but needs a large area with good loose soil. Plant early Spring and harvest the roots in the fall.

Actions: Alterative, lymphatic, diuretic, demulcent tonic, mild laxative.

All parts of the plant are used in the following manner:

Root: For chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Systemic inflammation(Rheumatic and arthritic)

Enlarged lymph glands, lymphedema, mastitis,

Chronic constipation, poor appetite and weak digestion, GI Harmonizer, poor kidney function, dandruff

Boils, cysts, sties, gout and it is EDIBLE

Seeds: Chronic skin conditions topically and internally

Leaf: Topical as a fresh poultice, skin inflammation, infections, boils and cysts.

There are no know side effects from Burdock or drug interactions but you can get contact dermatitis from handling the plant.

Medicinal Preparations:

Capsules up to 6/ 500-600mg/day

Tea – steep 1-2 tsp. dried root in 8-10 ounces of water. Decoct 15-20 minutes and steep for 40 minutes/ up to 3x/day

Tincture 1:2 ratio weight of fresh herb to volume of menstruum(alcohol & water). 40-90 drops(2-4ml) 3x/day

Hope you enjoyed today’s post!


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Lovely!! I can’t wait for us to grow it next year with the seeds you gave us :).


It was way easier to grow than I thought!


Great post! I think you did luck out because burdock can be a real adventure to pull up!


Thanks Tamra! Luckily I planted it in a raised bed, because I was worried about that adventure. 🙂


Great post. Congrats on being chosen as a featured post on this week’s Wildcrafting Wednesdays! I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts.


Thanks Kristen!!!


Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.

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