Burdock Coffee:   One of my favorite nutritionally dense beverages is what I call burdock coffee.  Its actually a range of root herbs that are not only deeply nutritious, but also have a bitter and sweet flavor that helps to improve digestion and act as a metabolic tonic to improve energy, stamina, clear the skin and strengthen the nervous system.   There are a number of variations on this recipe but heres one I use:


2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) of burdock root

1 tablespoon (1/4 ounce)  of dandelion root

1 tablespoon (1/4 ounce) of chicory root

1 teaspoon (2 grams) of licorice

Mix these ingredients together and then place in a pot.  Add  quart of water and bring to a boil.  Then simmer the herbs for forty minutes and strain out the herbs.  The burdock absorbs a lot of water and some of it evaporates so you are left with about a pint of coffee after that.


Cost:  Burdock 50 cents per preparation.

Dandelion 40 cents per preparation.

 Chicory 30 cents per preparation.

Licorice 5 cents per preparation.

Total:  1.25 per pint (day’s worth.)