Friday, 13 May 2011

Number 18 - Burdock

This article is about the genus Arctium.

The texture of the Burdock seeds and how they latched onto clothes inspired the production of velcro. It is a part of the traditional soft drink Dandelion and Burdock. Extracts from the plant can be used to treat the scalp for dryness and dandruff, and generally increases hair health.

Pregnant women should not use or ingest burdock due to studies which suggest it can induce labour. It's roots resemble that of deadly nightshade, therefore you should never attempt to ingest in the wild.

Burdock can be eaten by itself, or in a tea or drink. Can be applied as a shampoo or a conditioner.

Burdock Flower


  1. I've had burdock soup before. It was pretty good. :D

  2. I tried D&B once. it was grim lol

  3. Hmm, I'd heard of this before, didn't know it could induce labor though

  4. Very interesting blog mate.
    I've only ever heard of it in Dandelion and Burdock - the drink.
    Didn't know it could kickstart labour!

    Following :)

  5. If I ever get pregnant, i'll be sure to try this out.

  6. Hey I thought you had already posted this... either that or I am having blog premonitions! :P