How do we make Burdock root tea?
Making burdock root tea is quite simple, provided you have access to fresh burdock root. You may also purchase burdock root tea that has already been shredded and roasted, and therefore ready to brew. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step procedure to make burdock root tea:
Burdock root tea recipe
Burdock root tea is a herbal tea that can help you cleanse your body of all the toxins. So if you have partied hard the previous night and want to detoxify the next day, the beverage you must have! So let’s take a look at how to make this potent burdock root tea at home.
- 8-10 burdock root strips
- 2 cups water filtered
- 1 tsp organic honey or sugar
-To make burdock root tea, first, buy fresh burdock roots. Begin by cutting them into 1-2 inch chunks. Then, using a potato peeler or a knife, shred the root chunks into thin strips, which might look like bark peelings. Place this outside to dry in the sun for a few hours.
-Once they are dry, place them in a frying pan and heat them up, but do not use oil. They should roast quite easily if you heat them for 5-10 minutes and you want the color to be a rich golden brown. Once they are cooled, they can be brewed into burdock root tea. Store the excess for later use in a mason jar kept in a cool, dark and dry place.
-Place the burdock root strips in a teapot. Once done, bring the water up to a boil in a stainless steel pot.
-Remove the stainless steel pot from the stove and let it cool for 2-3 minutes. Then pour it into the teapot.
-Allow the mixture to steep for 5-10 minutes.
-Thereafter, pour the tea, add any natural sweeteners to it, and enjoy!
Here are some additional tips to enhance your experience with this tea:
-If you are using fresh burdock root to make your the tea, it should be firm and make sure to properly clean the root when using it. Once sliced, it should be stored in the refrigerator and used as soon as possible. The white flesh of the root will begin to discolor as soon as you peel it.
-For skin conditions, consider blending burdock with yellow dock and sarsaparilla.
-For kidney stones, you may blend burdock with catnip to create a natural remedy that helps to remove the stones.
-Allow your burdock root tea to cool down when using it externally, then use a nice clean face cloth and gently apply it to your skin. Remember to rinse with cool water afterwards.
Burdock tea has a soothing and pleasant flavor. You may find its smell quite strong and you may even find its taste to be sweet and crisp, but you may add a bit of honey or lemon juice to improve the flavor if you don’t find it palatable.
Side effects of burdock root tea
As burdock root tea has a powerful diuretic and detoxifying action, you should be aware of some possible side effects from drinking this tea.
Common side effects to taking burdock root tea
- Burdock tea is considered safe, however it should be used for a short period of time and you should drink at most 2 to 3 cups per day. Taking this herb for a prolonged period of time may cause urinary tract irritation and toxicity in some people.
- When used alone, burdock tea may be too strong for some people. Its cleansing diuretic action may work too rapidly and cause dangerous imbalances such as slow heart rate or extreme changes in sugar levels. You should start with a small amount or blend it with other herbs.
- When using this tea externally, make sure to test it on a small portion of your skin first. If you are allergic to herbs like marigolds, daisies or ragweed, there is a good chance that burdock may cause skin or eye irritation and dermatitis.
When to avoid burdock root tea
- Due to the diuretic action of burdock root tea, it may be unsafe if you are on medication for diabetes as it can lower blood sugar to dangerous levels. And if you are feeling severely dehydrated, it is best not to take this as its diuretic properties will only make the situation worse.
- If you are taking anti-inflammatory medication, lithium therapy or any other form of diuretic pill, drinking this herbal tea could enhance the effects of these medications in unpredictable ways.
- Children should not drink this burdock root tea without medical supervision as it is considered a powerful herb and their progress should be monitored closely.
- If you are pregnant, it is best not to drink this burdock root tea and search an alternative solution. Burdock tea is a uterine stimulant and therefore may be harmful during this stage. It should also be avoided during breastfeeding as it hinders iron absorption.
- If you are suffering from chronic diarrhea, avoid drinking this tea as it stimulates the digestive organs and has a mild laxative action. If your doctor does recommend this tea, then start with a low dosage and see how your situation progresses.
- Do not pick this herb in the wild to make burdock tea. It resembles belladonna or deadly nightshade and could easily become contaminated by it, causing your mouth to become dry and altering your heart rate. Be very careful!