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Burdock takinogawa

With so many uses, it's no wonder burdock (Arctium lappa) is a beloved plant ally of people everywhere. Medicines made from the fresh burdock root are always preferable to dried root preparations. Use burdock root as a nourishing tonic, a skin clearer, a deep healer.

Here I have harvested the plants (purchased from King's seeds and planted at Christmas), gave them a scrub under the hose, topped and tailed, and chopped into pieces.

I packed a jarful and topped with organic apple cider vinegar - in 6 weeks time there will be a medicinal vinegar to add to salads.

The remainder I roasted lightly in the oven. Ground up in a coffee grinder, 1 teaspoon to 1 cup of boiling water in a plunge pot makes for a soothing and grounding drink.

Burdock is really easy to grow and works slowly but surely. It combines well with dandelion root, the two enhancing each like a compatible couple.

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