-- adapted from Susun Weed's Healing Wise
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 cup fresh burdock root*
- 1/2 cup fresh dandelion leaves and roots*
- 1/2 cup fresh yellow dock leaves and roots*
- 2 oz seaweed
- 1 cup carrot, sliced
- 3 cups potatoes, cubed
- 2 Qt filtered or spring water
- sea salt to taste
Clean and soak the burdock root for about 15 minutes, then cut into thin slices. Wash all roots thoroughly, and rinse greens. In a large pot, cook the onion in oil until golden. Add the burdock root slices. Chop and add fresh dandelion leaves and roots. Then chop and add fresh yellow dock leaves and roots. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for at least one hour or until roots are soft and easy to eat.
Serves 6-8. Feel free to add your own favorite soup spices -- spices are medicinal, too!
What do all these herbs do?
Burdock, Dandelion and Yellow Dock are all said to have an "affinity" for the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Liver system.
Burdock helps relieve acid reflux, indigestion and heartburn, and helps improve the "transit time" of digested food through the body. It tones the large intestine's peristaltic muscle, and energizes the lymphatic system.
Dandelion Root aids inflammation of the liver and gallbladder, muscular rheumatism, menstrual disturbances, insomnia, migraine headaches, cysts and fibroids. Dandelion Leaf is a powerful diuretic.
Yellow Dock helps treat conditions caused by poor Liver system function including acne, boils, eczema, hemorrhoids or psoriasis; mild to severe constipation; and jaundice. It also helps increase the small intestine's ability to absorb nutrients.
What to look out for:
Stick to recommended amounts of any herb -- too much may be too much!
Contraindications may include:
For Burdock: people allergic to Aster-family plants may have an allergic reaction.
For Dandelion: people allergic to Aster-family plants may have an allergic reaction; people who have been taking a lot of pharmaceuticals may feel "queasy" as the herb works at detoxifying the liver.
For Yellow Dock: Large doses may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Avoid using with prescription laxatives.