Herb of the Day: Burdock

Herb Of The Day Burdock

Burdock is a common weed which is said to have inspired the invention of velcro.  In 1941 Swiss engineer George de Mestral noticed the burrs of burdock sticking to his dog’s fur and to his own clothing.  After researching the composition of the burrs, he developed velcro based on the hooks all over the burdock!  Herbalists traditionally use the roots of burdock which is also known as Gobo.  Burdock is commonly grown on farms and is available for purchase at a growing number of health food and ethnic markets.  The taste is similar to potatoes and is a fun addition to the dinner table!  Herbalists use burdock primarily in teas and tinctures for a variety of uses.

Traditional Uses

  • Blood Purifier
  • Detoxification
  • Diuretic
  • Eczema
  • Constipation
  • Liver Support
  • Gout
  • Laxative
  • Digestive Tonic
  • Balancing Gut Flora

The Plant

Arctium lappa is an extremely hardy plant which will grow just about anywhere.  This plant often pops up in abandoned parking lots and along the side of the road.  If a home gardener wishes to grow burdock, it may show up on its own in an untended part of the garden!  Seeds can be purchased as well.  Burdock prefers sandy soil and the roots are harvested quite quickly- typically within 8-12 weeks.   These plants can grow up to six feet tall and can easily take over the garden, many home gardeners prefer to plant burdock in containers or a more isolated part of the garden.

TriLight Health and Burdock

We use Burdock in our Worm Out and LivCare


Worm TriLight's Worm Out Parasite cleanseOut : This natural and potent parasite cleansing formula safely and effectively eliminates, flushes and detoxes. Natural organic herbs blended synergistically in a non-alcoholic and sugar-free glycerine base giving an enjoyable taste for children and yet a strong potent formula for adults. Worm Out was passed down to us from Medicine Bear of Cherokee Heritage with years of success



LivCaTriLight's LivCare herbal liver supportre Contains herbs shown to enhance liver and gallbladder function. These herbs have been used traditionally by herbal healers to treat liver disorders such as jaundice. Rich in lecithin, some researchers believe dandelion may protect against liver and gallbladder disorders. Sarsaparilla has been used historically for its diuretic action, also to clear skin disorders, eliminate poisons from the blood and cleanse the system of infection.



Did you know burdock inspired velcro?

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4 Responses to Herb of the Day: Burdock

  1. Hannah says:

    Very interesting. I did not realize Velcro idea came from burdock. I have tried the worm out but have never used the LiVCare.

  2. The area that u grew up in had burdock growing everywhere. This plant was a giant part of our activities as kids. We used to make balls out of the sticky flowery parts and play tag with it, make various shapes just for fun. I had no idea that the plant had so many uses. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Rachel says:

    This was a very informative article! How funny it was the inspiration for Velcro! Nice that it supports gut health – it will probably grow in popularity

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