Homemade burdock root oil is said to stimulate hair growth, act as a natural conditioning treatment, and can even be incorporated into blemish treatments! Read on to learn more.
For some reason my skin has been giving me a big headache recently by acting up and responding with angry blemishes whenever I have a glass of wine (the horror, the horror!) or when I experience stress (which is happening a lot lately due to the entrepreneurial life). So when I came across burdock root as an herbal treatment for acne, I immediately put on pants (because when you have the honor of having a home office you can wear whatever you want), and ran over to Whole Foods to buy in bulk. Then I promptly got to work and made homemade burdock root oil.
To give you the lowdown on burdock root: this beautiful flower has bright purple to pink petals, and its stalk is commonly consumed in Japan as a vegetable side dish. Honestly I’m a bit disappointed that we don’t have access to fresh burdock root to eat in Chicago but, at least we can use its dried version for beauty and wellness remedies. Speaking of edible burdock root, I found some nutritional information on this plant that is useful for you to know if you’re thinking of using it in any of your at home remedies as well.
Nutritional profile of burdock root:
Burdock root contains Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Folate. Some sources also state that it has antioxidants and fiber that supports healthy digestion.
- Native Americans were said to use this root for its skin healing properties
- Topical treatment to stimulate hair growth and for mature skin purposes
- Seeds were used as a diuretic
In Chinese Medicine, burdock root has been said to:
- Soothe mucus membranes since it has a slippery consistency
Modern herbalists believe burdock has properties that:
- Aid lymphatic drainage
- Increase circulation to the skin
- Condition hair when used as an oil
- Helps promote production of bile which helps the liver function optimally
Today’s Remedy: Homemade Burdock Root Oil
What you need:
sesame oil + burdock root + glass mason jar
- Take 1.5 cups of dried burdock root and place in the glass mason jar;
- Fill the mason jar completely with sesame seed oil ;
- Place the jar, with the lid tightly secure, in a cabinet and let it sit for six weeks (May seem like a long time, but you’ll barely notice);
- Check the jar every so often, and if air bubbles are forming, release them then securely close the lid again;
- After six weeks, strain the oil and preserve in an amber jar.
You can use burdock root oil as a scalp treatment, hair conditioner, and even as a face or body serum. I’m currently figuring out how to use it for blemishes, so once I have a remedy for that I’ll share with you babes soon!
If you’re looking for Burdock Root oil you can also check out these products I found below!
Dried burdock root
(Main photo source: livestrong.com ||Please note: This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and is for educational purposes only. This article has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Herbs can bring on side effects and interact with additional supplements, herbs, or medications. For these reasons, you should only use herbal products after you’ve advised with your doctor. Pregnant or nursing women should avoid using burdock. )