Renowned in many cultures for its health benefits, the practice of infusing fresh or dried burdock root to make tea has been used to treat a number of medical maladies. It's easy to do, and only takes slightly longer than steeping any other sort of tea. Apart from its alleged health effects, burdock root also contains vital nutrients and minerals that can aid in a healthy diet---depending on whether or not you like the taste.
Scrub the fresh burdock root vigorously under cold running water to remove any dirt. Do not peel. If you are using dried burdock root, you may skip this step.
Cut the fresh burdock root on the bias into slices. If you are using dried burdock root, it may already be in pieces. Make sure pieces are no larger than 1 inch in length.
Submerge the burdock root pieces (either the entire single fresh burdock root or 1/4 cup dried) in two to three cups of water in your saucepan.
Boil burdock root in water on the stove. When the water has come to a rolling boil, set timer for 30 minutes, and put the lid on the saucepan. Reduce heat slightly, so that it does not boil over.
Pour the tea into your mug and enjoy, being careful to avoid the root pieces. Adjust the sweetness to your liking with honey or sugar.