Burdock – Build your Blood, bones and Nervous System
Burdock root contains awesome nutrition. It is a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C as well as the minerals calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, silicon, and zinc. Is it any wonder it is known for its great blood, bone and nervous system building and purifying properties. It’s roots even resembles the branches of the nervous system or bones when cleaned. The roots contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase which creates a tannin-iron complex on their surface causing them to look dark and muddy.
In this video, they have been cleaned to show you more of their true colour. Their is greater burdock (arctium lappa) and lesser burdock (arctium minus) with the former growing up to half a meter taller and having a root system twice as long as the latter. Greater burdock can grow as tall as two meters with roots penetrating to one meter, and likes well drained, loose soil rich in organic matter but not too much nitrogen. It also likes full sun and should be planted in mid summer and harvested 3-4 months latter before seeding. Other wise the roots become fibrous – but are still good for juicing – if your juicer can handle it. I use an Angel Juicer – the bee’s knees in juicers.
Courtesy of Youtube Channel: Yoga of Nutrition