The roots, seeds, and leaves of this common roadside plant contain an essential oil. The oil contains nearly 45 percent inulin (sugar) and many minerals. Herbalists use it for skin diseases. In modern experiments, burdock root extract has been shown to have antitumor effects. Widely used in cosmetics, in hair products, cold creams, cleansing lotions, night skin care, body and hand lotions, and shampoos, arctium lappa (active ingredient arctiin) extract can, according to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetics Dermatology, help protect against chronic tissue inflammation and at the same time stimulate the synthesis of connective tissues such as collagen.
Plant extract whose active constituents (leaves, roots or seeds) are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Burdock leaf has mild antibacterial action. It can cause contact dermatitis for those allergic to plants in the ragweed family (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; Inflammopharmacology, October 2010, Epublication; and Journal of Chromatorgraphy, April 2010, pages 2,441-2,4446).