Smallflower is our in-house, private label brand. We’re thrilled to bring you high quality herbs, home fragrances, gift bundles and more. Our goal is to create a modern apothecary experience by providing unique, hard-to-find personal care items and a compassionate customer experience that mirrors what you’ll find in our brick and mortar store, Merz Apothecary.
Burdock Root - (Arctium lappa) Burdock Root is a type of common thistle of the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe and Asia, but has been thriving in North America since pre-colonial days. This stocky shrub with tall flower stalks and bright thistle flowers likes to grow in unpopulated, even neglected habitats like prairies and open fields, as well as roadsides and abandoned lots - anywhere some peace and quiet and nitrogen rich soil can be found. Any person or animal that does encounter Burdock in the wild, will know it by the insistent burrs that the plant will attach to them; its burrs are so strong, legend has it, they inspired the inventor of Velcro!
Burdock roots can grow quite long, up to 3 feet deep. They are commonly harvested for food in Asian countries, especially in Japan where they are known as gobo. Whether cooked fresh or dried, Burdock root is a nutrient powerhouse. It contains plenty of antioxidants including quercetin, which is relatively hard to come by, vitamins A,C & E, and is a great source of the prebiotic inulin. Burdock is also one of the few herbs that specifically supports the lymphatic system and the body’s natural ability to eliminate toxins - great for the immune system and healthy skin. Dried Burdock Root has a surprisingly bright, nutty flavor that is both mildly bitter and sweet - a delight to the senses! It makes a great addition to a bitter tincture or can be decocted for tea.
For many centuries, people from all over the globe have found fresh herbs to be a gentle yet effective health-enhancing blessing. These are our own hand packed loose herbs, packaged in old world apothecary style, air tight brown paper canisters to keep light and moisture out, and freshness in. Use in teas, tinctures, and elixirs.As we continue to improve our loose herb and tea packaging, you may receive a canister with either label pictured above.