Burdock is considered by many herbalists to be the best known medicinal for skin conditions (Hoffman, Moore). This herb is highly effective, gentle, and multipurpose. It promotes the flow of bile and also increases circulation to the skin. Further, it is a mild diuretic and lymphatic.15Burdock is used widely as an alterative and blood purifier. The leaves can be made into a fresh poultice to soothe poison oak and poison ivy and a leaf decoction makes a therapeutic wash for the skin.3Burdock root is harvested as a vegetable in Japan and was once used to provide bitter flavor to European beers. The sliced, dried root is used to make infusions and decoctions, usually for the purposed of preparing a poultice.