Today’s Medieval herb:
Also known as Fox’s Clote, Beggar’s Buttons, Personata, Happy Major, Cockle Buttons, and Love Leaves.
The burdock fruit is toothed, allowing it to be caught and carried on animal fur and human clothing. The seeds, the leaves, and the roots all have beneficial properties.
The seed is used for skin problems, like acne, eczema, and sallowness. Many natural cosmetic companies still use burdock in their skin creams.
The root is considered to be a “blood cleanser,” and is also used to treat gout and liver ailments. The root can be cleaned and eaten much like a carrot or other root vegetables, raw, boiled, roasted or any other which way.
Burdock tea is believed to help stabilize blood sugar, making it a common supplement for diabetics and hypoglycemics.
The leaves can be steeped in water or eaten raw to aid digestion.
Burdock has also long been used in brewing, often in combination with dandelion. Supposedly Thomas Aquinas was a fan. Here is a recipe to make your own burdock dandelion beer.
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