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This Month's Newsletter is focused on
the Medicinal Properties and Uses of Burdock

Burdock Flowering

It's January and we are all excited about doing something good for our bodies and ourselves. As we prepare for the New Year and make our resolutions, probably the most common thought is to get in better physical shape by exercising and watching our diet.

Preparing for Spring, I would like to continue our look at the herbs that are in our Dandi-Liv-R tea. I had previously covered Dandelion (October Newsletter). This month I would like to introduce you to another cleansing herb - Burdock.

Burdock (Actium lappa)

Burdock is a member of the daisy family. The deep roots, which are used medicinally, are brownish green, or nearly black on the outside.

The plant grows to a height of about 3 - 4 feet (can grow to 7 feet). In its second year, it has purple flowers that bloom between the months of June and October. Burdock has wavy, heart shaped leaves that are green on the top and whitish on the bottom.

Burdock consists primarily of carbohydrates, volatile oils, plant sterols, tannins, and long chain fatty acids (omega 3).

Burdock has numerous large "Burrs" in the second year of growth. These burrs stick to everything like Velcro. This characteristic caused the discontent of farmers that raised grazing animals, and so Burdock was all but eradicated.

Medicinal Properties and Uses:
Burdock has been used by herbalists for many conditions that require the medicinal qualities inherent in this wonderful herb: burdock root is a diuretic (reduces water in the system), a diaphoretic (makes you sweat), and most importantly, a blood purifying agent. It can also be used in herbal salves or oils on the skin for enhanced healing for burns.

Uses as Food:
Most peoples of the world consume burdock in the root form. It is used in stir-fries, or just steamed as you would a carrot, and in soups, like Miso soup. You can use it in your cooking with anything that you are going to cook for 10 minutes or more. The taste is very "earthy" and strong, so it is best used in small quantities and chopped in 1/8" squares. If you grow Burdock in your garden, you can pick the young, tender leaves and eat them in a salad.

If you choose to grow your own, plant the seeds early spring into summer for autumn harvesting (about 2-4 months of growing).

Next Month we will discuss Yellow Dock root, another cleansing herb in our Dandi-Liv-R tea.

Dr. Bonnie Travis
Chiropractor/Herbalist ~ Palmer Graduate 1984

Website: www.BonnieTravisDC.com & www.arnicaflower.com.

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Dr. Travis has dedicated herself to the total health and well-being of each individual patient, she offers Primary health care services through modern Chiropractic healing methods.

Techniques include:

Gentle and non-force according to the individual patient's needs. Services include spinal
manipulation, physical therapy modalities, diet, nutritional, herbal and hormonal counseling.

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