How Burdock Root helps with Inflammation and Anxiety and a Recipe with Burdock

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Burdock Root, aka Happy Major (Arctium lappa)

In some countries, burdock root is used as a vegetable. As a supplement, the root is dried and powdered. The active ingredients it possesses have been found to reduce inflammation and promote circulation, and it appears to be a promising agent for the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases implicated with oxidative stress, including anxiety.1

You can buy burdock tea, capsules, liquid extract, or even the whole root. This is the Burdock I recommend on Amazon and Vitacost.

Enjoy a recipe from my new book, Anxiety-Free with Food:

Freedom Tonic

A tonic is a restorative beverage that gives us a feeling of vigor and well-being. I call this refreshing drink Freedom Tonic because it provides me with a sense of liberation once I am free of anxiety. It stimulates excitement. The super herbs in this tonic do astonishing things to the body and brain! When I drink this, it puts me in Colorado emotionally; I imagine the days I spent there surrounded by mountains feeling absolutely amazing.

Total time: 10 minutes

Makes 1 serving


1 1/2 cups sparkling water

1/2 cup ice

1 handful of fresh mint

1/2 lime, cut in half

1/2 teaspoon dried hibiscus flowers

1 drop St. John’s wort extract

1 drop rose hip extract

1 drop burdock root

1 drop lavender essential oil (food grade)

1 dropper full of elderberry extract


Add the sparkling water and ice to a glass. Crush the mint into the water by pressing it down with a spoon.

Squeeze the juice of half the lime into the water, and then place the other wedge into the glass.

Finish by dropping in the extracts. Enjoy this refreshing, tantalizing, and soothing tonic!

Tip: Substitute 1 drop food-grade essential oil of grapefruit, lime, rosemary, basil, or thyme for the lavender essential oil.

This is an excerpt from my latest book, Anxiety-Free with Food. To read more about this topic, get the book HERE.


1.     X. Tian, et al., “Neuroprotective effects of Arctium lappa L. Roots Against Glutamate-Induced Oxidative Stress by Inhibiting Phosphorylation of p38, JNK and ERK 1/2 MAPKs in PC12 Cells,” Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, vol. 38, no. 1 (July 2014), pp. 189–98, doi: 10.1016/j.etap.2014.05.017.