Particularly popular in Japan, burdock root oil is reputed to be beneficial for both hair and skin. Consequently, people add the root oil to their shampoo or facial packs. Burdock root oil is even claimed to cure ailments such as itchy scalp and acne, although there is no strong scientific evidence to back such claims up. Making your own batch of burdock root oil is simple, and is best done using fresh root rather than dried.
Chop the burdock root up into smaller pieces. Smash these pieces up a little with a mortar and pestle to expose the flesh.
Leave the smashed root to dry out for a day. This will help it lose some moisture and concentrate the nutrients within the root.
Put the root into a clean glass jar. Cover with good-quality vegetable oil, such as extra virgin olive oil, seal and leave in a dark room for six weeks to infuse. You may need to open the jar every week or so to release any gas build-up.
Things you need
- Good-quality vegetable oil
- Burdock root
- Mortar and pestle
- Airtight glass jar