The Complete Guide To Making Burdock Root Tea


Burdock is an important herb with numerous potential health benefits. Despite being categorized as a weed, this plant is actually a valuable herb known to offer a wide range of potential health benefits.

One of the most popular uses for this plant is to make burdock tea. This tea, which is made with the root of the burdock plant, not only tastes great, it may also benefit your health in a variety of ways.

If you’re interested in the health benefits of burdock root tea, and want to try it for yourself, check out this helpful guide. And if you’re interested in a source for certified organic burdock root, look no further than our full selection of dried organic burdock root here at Starwest Botanicals.

Burdock Root Overview:

Burdock is in the Asteraceae (i.e. daisy) family of plants. Burdock’s scientific name is Arctium lappa L. As a plant, the burdock has a characteristic purple thistle “flower”. This plant has a large root system which is known to grow up to several feet long. This tap root root is typically the part of the plant that is consumed.

This plant is also known as Gobo, Beggar's Buttons, Love Leaves, and Clot-bur

This plant grows all around the world, especially in Asian countries. In fact, in Asia, burdock is very popular. Burdock has been used in various Asian countries as both a food and a medicinal plant. As a foodstuff, it’s used similarly to a root vegetable (i.e. potato).

The root of the burdock plant is rich in various nutrients, including protein, calcium, and folate. It’s also a rich phytochemical source, it contains arctiin, luteolin, and quercetin rhamnoside.

In European and Asian traditional herbal medicine, burdock leaves, seeds, and roots have long been used for their medicinal properties. As noted above, the root is typically the primary part of the plant that’s used for medicine.

Benefits of Burdock Root Tea:

Below are the various potential health benefits of burdock tea.

  • Skin Health – Burdock has been used as a traditional remedy to help support healthy skin. In particular, it’s said to help with dry, scaly skin. This herb is typically used alongside yellow dock for skin health.
  • Rich in Antioxidants – Burdock contains important antioxidants like quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. These antioxidants are thought to be helpful for overall health.
  • Joint Health – A clinical trial found that burdock may support joint health. Researchers discovered that taking burdock daily may improve joint health.
  • Digestive Health – Burdock root contains inulin, a natural fiber, that may help to improve digestion. Burdock is also a naturally bitter plant. Bitter herbs are known for helping to kickstart the digestive system.

You can read our in-depth review of the benefits of burdock here.


How To Make Burdock Root Tea:

We have put together an easy-to-make burdock tea recipe below for you to try.

Burdock has a nutty, bitter flavor profile that makes for an excellent tea. Like dandelion root, burdock root can be roasted to deepen its flavor.

If you’re looking for an easy burdock tea recipe — follow these simple directions:

Burdock Root Tea Recipe:

Ingredients Needed:

  • 1-2 tablespoons(s) of Organic Burdock Root
  • 1 cup (8oz) of boiling water
  • Natural sweetener (honey, maple syrup, etc..) (Optional)


  1. Boil water in a kettle on the stove. Use a French press or infusing pot to infuse the burdock roots. Use pure filtered water for creating the best flavor.
  2. Place dried burdock root in hot water and let steep for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain out the burdock root and pour the tea into a teacup or your favorite mug. Enjoy!


Here at Starwest Botanicals, we include burdock root in various pre-packaged tea blends. It’s included in our following tea blends:

If desired, you can add sweetener to burdock tea. Simply add a teaspoon or two of your favorite sweetener, whether it be honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup.

How to Add Burdock Tea To Your Lifestyle:

Burdock is an easy herb to add to your wellness routine. It makes an excellent cup of tea (or, to be precise, tisane) that has coffee-like flavor.

If you are looking for a natural coffee substitute, try blending it with roasted dandelion. This combination has a flavor profile that’s similar to coffee. As an added benefit, both of these ingredients are caffeine free, so it’s a guilt-free beverage that you can drink all day long.

It’s recommended that you drink 1-3 cups per day of burdock. This plant is typically well tolerated by most individuals.


In Closing:

Nothing is quite as satisfying as a fresh cup of burdock tea. With our burdock tea recipe, you are covered the next time you decide to brew up a batch.

Burdock tea is easy to make, making it a great option whether you're a well-seasoned tea drinking explorer or a novice.

Burdock tea is especially beneficial when used as a coffee substitute. In particular, it can provide a similar flavor profile to coffee – but without the caffeine.

Here at Starwest Botanicals, we offer a variety of burdock products in bulk. Whether you’re looking for dried burdock roots, burdock capsules, or bulk tea blends, we have you covered with our certified organic bulk burdock at wholesale prices.

We also include burdock root in a variety of our specialty tea blends, including:

Consider picking up a bag of these tea blends, or make your own!

Have you tried burdock tea before? What's your favorite way to add this beneficial herb to your diet?

Author Bio:

Daniel has a master's degree in herbal science from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. He's the founder of The Botanical Institute, where he writes about the health benefits of herbs.