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Burdock Root for Hair

author image Corinna Underwood
Corinna Underwood began writing in 2000. She has been published in many outlets, including Fox News, “Ultimate Athlete,” “Hardcore Muscle,” “Alternative Medicine” and “Alive.” Underwood also wrote "Haunted History of Atlanta and North Georgia" and "Murder and Mystery in Atlanta." She has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and philosophy and a Master of Arts in women’s studies from Staffordshire University.
Burdock Root for Hair
Burdock root may be beneficial for the hair. Photo Credit leungchopan/iStock/Getty Images

Burdock plant, also known as cockle buttons, burr seed, beggar’s buttons and thorny burr, is a hardy perennial that is native to Europe and has been naturalized in North America. The plant has large leaves and purple flowers resembling thistle flowers. The root of the plant is used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes, including promoting healthy hair.


Burdock Root for Hair
Nowadays herbalists recommend burdock root for promoting hair growth. Photo Credit Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images

According to Herbal Legacy, burdock has been used for centuries by many different cultures, which is why it has so many names. Native Americans prized the herb and made candy by boiling the stem of the plant in maple syrup. It was popular with European and North American folk healers as a treatment for purifying the blood. Nowadays, many herbalists recommend burdock root for promoting hair growth.

Hair Growth

Burdock Root for Hair
Certain medications will slow hair growth. Photo Credit Purestock/Purestock/Getty Images

According to Hair Information, the normal hair-growth cycle lasts somewhere between two and three years. When your hair is in the growth stage, it will increase in length by about 1/2 inch each month. If your hair is in healthy shape, 90 percent of it will be growing at any one time, while the rest is dormant. Resting hair will fall out after three months and be replaced by new growth. A number of things can slow growth or weaken hair such as stress, illness and some medications.


Burdock Root for Hair
Burdock root contains a large number of beneficial constituents. Photo Credit Jonathan Austin Daniels/iStock/Getty Images

According to Herbal Legacy, burdock contains a large number of beneficial constituents including mucilage, tannins, inulin, vitamin A and essential fatty acids, all of which have a number of possible benefits, including helping to nourish hair and skin, reducing cholesterol and adding fiber to the diet.


Burdock Root for Hair
The tincture may be applied directly to the scalp. Photo Credit deeepblue/iStock/Getty Images

Burdock root tincture may be added to water and applied to the scalp or applied directly. According to All 4 Natural Health, burdock root oil can help strengthen hair by nourishing the scalp due to its vitamin A content and essential fatty acids. It may also reduce the symptoms of scalp conditions including dandruff, itchy scalp, redness and scalp infection.


Burdock Root for Hair
Pregnant women should not use burdock root. Photo Credit luamduan/iStock/Getty Images

According to All 4 Natural Health, side effects of burdock oil may include reduction or increase in blood sugar levels, electrolyte imbalances and skin allergy. Burdock root should not be used by diabetics or women who are pregnant or breast feeding. You should consult your physician before using burdock oil.

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