Burdock leaves, which are large and heart shaped, are edible herbs and are best used when they are picked in July. It is also better to eat them when they are freshly picked. The leaves are not as popular as the roots but the medicinal health benefits and herbal remedies are just as good and beneficial. They are widely used in Japan as vegetable and they are cultivated there as well and sold in the markets.
The leaves are primarily used for most skin ailments, especially acne and pimples, eczema as well as psoriasis. They will clean the skin real good and fast, giving the skin a glow of its own.
They are especially good to treat and cure pimples which can be very embarrassing for young people. This is because the leaves are effective in expelling infections as well as all other toxins that are detrimental to the body and the active ingredients in the leaves are sesquiterpenes. These ingredients are found naturally in plants as well as insects. Therefore, using the leaves as natural alternative for these ailments, will prevent side effects.
An infusion which is made from the leaves is used to promote health to the stomach.
Traditionally, the leaves were used to tie over the womb of an expectant mother with child to prevent miscarriage. It is also good to tone up the system of young ladies.
They can also be used as a poultice to put on burns to soothe the skin and also to help heal the affected area on the skin more quickly. These medicinal herbs are also good to be placed on boils and carbuncles.
Put to boil two teaspoonful of the dried burdock root to make a cup of tea. After awhile, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about thirty minutes. Then strain and sweeten if sweetening is desired.
Burdock leaves tea can also tone up the system and clear the skin of pimples.