Ingredient Profile: Burdock Extract is the Weed You Need for Healthy Hair

January 27, 2019 | Written by Kathy Watson

Often dismissed as a common yard weed in America, the burdock plant has a long history of healing rooted in ancient Chinese, Indian, and Roman traditions. Farmers relied on burdock to improve their crops and remove any sorcery in the field. Traditional physicians and herbalists used the root as a treatment for colds, flus, and venomous bites. Over time, it has gained popularity in modern remedies because of its antioxidizing, antimicrobial, and moisturizing properties. These characteristics make burdock extract especially effective at promoting scalp health, which is why we’ve included it in our Activating Serum.

Why We Love It

The power of burdock root lies in the many vitamins and phytochemicals that make it an effective diuretic and blood-purifier. Burdock root clears the bloodstream of toxins and supports the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and immune system. It is rich in polysaccharides like inulin, which help regulate inflammation and remove toxins from the body. Research has also shown that the many powerful antioxidants in burdock root, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids, help reduce inflammation and protect the body from harmful free radicals.

How It Helps Your Scalp

In addition to its internal benefits, burdock root supports healthy skin when applied topically. Applying burdock extract to the scalp increases circulation to the skin, detoxifies epidermal tissue, and inhibits bacterial growth. Perhaps most significant are its antimicrobial properties that prevent the build-up of yeast and bacteria on the scalp. Although it’s normal for a small amount of yeast to be present on the scalp, excessive yeast and bacteria can cause an inflammation of the hair follicles known as folliculitis. While at first it may just be embarrassing and itchy, untreated folliculitis can lead to permanent hair loss when tender follicles are irritated by scratching or zapped of moisture by alcohol-based chemicals. In addition to burdock’s antibacterial benefits, its essential fatty acids further help combat folliculitis by moisturizing the scalp and nourishing hair follicles.

The burdock plant has been used for centuries for its antimicrobial and healing properties. Because it supports overall health while promoting a hydrated, balanced scalp, burdock extract is an important ingredient in our Activating Serum. Which of burdock’s attributes are you most excited about? Let us know. We’d love to hear about your experiences and answer your questions.

About Kathy Watson

Over her 10-year career as a journalist, Kathy has worked as a columnist and reporter for both print magazines and digital publications. She started as a beat reporter for her college newspaper covering biosciences and general science. Kathy holds a B.A. in political science. Reviewed by Collective Laboratories' Medical Advisory Board

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