Burdock is often considered a weed or a garden nuisance but as you learn more about herbs you'll get to know that often the 'weeds' are the plants that are most powerful in their medicine. We say that weeds are only plants YOU don't want in YOUR garden! People who understand how to use plants for health often keep a patch of nettles - or burdock in their gardens to use when they need to.
Traditionally Burdock is best known for supporting the body to detoxify. It was commonly seen in a fizzy drink called 'Dandelion & Burdock' which sold in the UK and has a lot in common with American root beer and sarsaparilla. These drinks were common in 'Temperance Bars' where alcohol was not sold. The taste is slightly sweet and malty.