Product: Burdock Root Powder
Latin Name: Arctium lappa syn. Arctium majus, Arcion majus, Arcion tomentosum, Lappa glabra.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Other Names: Greater Burdock, Gobō, Lappa, Beggar's Button, Fox's Clote, Thorny Burr, Cockle Buttons, Love Leaves, Happy Major, Bardane Comestible, Bardane Géante, Bardane Majeure, Glouteron, Grande Bardane, Hardock, Herbe aux Teigneux, Herbe du Teigneux, Niu Bang Zi, Orelha-de-Gigante & Clot-Bur.
Description: Greater Burdock is a biennial plant that reaches a height of up to 2 metres, and is native to Europe and Asia; it can also be found growing in the United States. It has large, alternating, heart shaped leaves that attach to the stem. The flowers have purple flowers on the tip of prickly globe shapes bracts and are 1 to 3 cm across, composed of purple disc florets surrounded by several rows of overlapping hooked bracts. The flowers dry out and become brown in the autumn when the seed is produced.
Burdock powder can be added to teas and tisanes; it can be used to flavour beers and cordials. Use to make a face pack to soothe acne, mix with green clay and oatmeal, or try making an infusion or decoction of the root powder to add to creams and lotions for the skin.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.