Burdock Root: for Clear Skin and a Healthy Complexion
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on May 28, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Burdock root is best known as an “alterative” herb. This is a category of herbs that “alters” (hence, their name) the body’s internal environment in a beneficial way.
In fact, Burdock root is one of the best alteratives there is, and has been used for centuries as a gentle blood purifier and liver cleanser. It is considered one of the best herbs for skin-related conditions, as these are often related to a congested and sluggish liver.
How does Burdock Root do this?
Everything your body takes in – whether it’s absorbed through the digestive system, breathed in through your lungs, or applied topically via your skin – enters your bloodstream and has to be filtered through your liver. Many of the foods we eat often contain toxic substances such as pesticides, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Added on top of this are all of the other toxins you may be exposed to every day: car fumes, prescription medications, bodycare products, cleaning products, alcohol… the list is almost endless.
Your liver has to continuously detoxify and filter all of these poisonous substances so that they don’t accumulate in your body. That’s why it’s so important to support the liver, otherwise it can get overwhelmed and unable to properly remove all of the toxins from our bloodstream (called toxemia). If that happens, you can start experiencing any number of health complaints, especially skin conditions like acne, or a worsening of eczema and psoriasis.
Burdock root supports your liver by promoting the production of bile, important for the healthy metabolism of fats and removal of fat-soluble toxins. Burdock also provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that can help reduce liver damage from toxic chemicals.
What is Burdock Root used for?
• Promotes healthy skin
• Aids in blood cleansing
• Supports liver detoxification
• Encourages healthy digestion
• Helps reduce water retention
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan