Approximately 2 Cups
The dandelion is a commonly used herbal remedy. It is especially effective and valuable as a diuretic because it contains high levels of potassium salts and therefore can replace the potassium that is lost from the body when diuretics are used. All parts of the plant, but especially the root, are slightly aperient, cholagogue, depurative, strongly diuretic, hepatic, laxative, stomachic and tonic.
Primary Therapeutic Properties of Dandelion Leaf
- Anti Inflammatory
- Therapeutic Index
Constituents: Sesquiterpene lactones, triterpene steroids (sitosterin, stigmasterin, phytosterin), phenolic acids, polysaccharides (inc. inulin), carotenoids, protein, sugars, pectin, choline, vitamins [the vitamin A content is higher than in carrots; 14,000 iu/ 100 g raw leaves], minerals, bitter principle (taraxacin, taraxacerin), inulin.
How to Use Dandelion Leaf
Leaf decoction: 4-10 g/day (See Detox Tea)
Tincture: (1:5) of root and/or leaf, 3-5 ml TID (See Detox Me Tincture)
People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion before talking with your heath practitioner.