Traditional Uses: Acne, Skin Eruptions; Blood Purifier; Boils, Cysts; Constipation; Edema, Swelling, Water Retention; Anemia; Jaundice; Indigestion; Psoriasis, Eczema; Obstructions; Liver, Spleen, Pancreas
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.
Medicinal actions: diuretic, choleretic, anti-inflammatory. Root: choleretic, cholagogue, tonic, antirheumatic, bitter, alterative, depurative.
Leaf decoction: 4-10 g/day.
Tincture: (1:5) of root and/or leaf, 3-5 ml TID.
Dried herb: 4-10 g TID.
- Botanical Name:
- Taraxacum officinale
- Country of Origin:
- United States
- Common Names:
- Lion’s tooth, blowball, fairy clock, wetweed, priests crown
- None known
- People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion before talking with your heath practitioner.
- General Safety:
- We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.