LATIN NAME: Taraxacum officinale
COMMON NAMES: Lion’s tooth, blowball, fairy clock, wetweed, priests Crown
PARTS USED: Leaf
ORIGIN: United States
This little “weed” that we fight to keep out of our yard, is actually an incredible herb bursting with vitamins, minerals and nutrients including vitamin A, calcium, and iron. Dandelion helps support healthy skin, kidneys, liver, and good iron levels. It has also been useful in assisting the body to naturally cleanse and purify the blood. The dandelion was in use as far back as ancient China for it’s medicinal properties. It was used as a potent diuretic and detoxifying herb. Other common uses of this plant were to treat breast inflammation, digestive disorders, appendicitis and to stimulate milk flow. European herbalists used dandelion as a remedy for eye problems, diarrhea, diabetes and fever.
Acne, Skin Eruptions; Blood Purifier; Boils, Cysts; Constipation; Edema, Swelling, Water Retention; Anemia; Jaundice; Indigestion; Psoriasis, Eczema; Obstructions; Liver, Spleen, Pancreas
Tea: 2 oz. of the dried herb or root in 1 quart of water, boiled for 30 min. take in ½ cup doses every 3 hours for stomach, kidney, gallbladder, and liver problems. Used as spring tonic.
Tonic: Place the crushed or chopped, dried dandelion leaf into a teapot or other suitable container and pour in boiling water. Let this concoction steep for around 4 or 5 minutes and then strain off the liquid into a coffee or teacup. Let the tonic cool down a bit until it is a bit warmer than room temperature or so. Drink for digestive benefits. Dandelion tonic is bitter, but a popular folk remedy for constipation. You might wish to offset the bitter taste a bit with other additives, including a bit of crushed lemon peel, a teaspoon of honey, and the addition of mint leaves to the dandelion leaf. If you prefer, you can also use fresh (non-dried) dandelion leaf, but in such cases, it is advisable that you use around 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh leaf instead.
Dandelion use is generally considered safe, however; people with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using dandelion before talking with your heath practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.