Dandelion

(Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion is a common plant all over the world. Dandelion is commonly used as a food. The leaves are used in salads and teas, while the roots are sometimes used as a coffee substitute.

Dandelion leaves and roots have been used for hundreds of years to treat liver, gallbladder, kidney, and joint problems. In some traditions, dandelion is considered a blood purifier and is used for conditions as varied as eczema and cancer. As is the case today, dandelion leaves have also been used historically to treat water retention.

What it does

Dandelion contains compounds called bitters which have a wide variety of properties including digestive tonic, liver and gall bladder booster, diuretic, pancreatic regulator, urinary antiseptic, mild laxative and cleanser. It also contains carotenoids, Vitamins A, B, C & D and minerals.

Potential Uses

Anaemia Cholesterol Indigestion
Poor fat digestion Liver congestion Gallstones
Constipation Cystitis Heartburn

Other information

Dandelion is a good detox herb and digestive aid as it cleans the system and stimulates the liver and kidneys to work better. It also helps soften the contents of the bowel by stimulating bile flow and gently encourages the colon to move it’s contents.

It is sometimes used in combination with burdock for skin conditions.

The fresh young leaves can be used in salads.

Dandelion has been confirmed as having diuretic activity. Conventional diuretic treatments have a negative side effect of eliminating potassium from the body, however, dandelion’s rich content of this mineral addresses this concern.

Cautions

Dandelion should not be used for gallstones or other bile duct blockages, peptic ulcers, duodenal ulcers or gastritis without the consent of your doctor.

Do not take dandelion if you are already taking a diuretic drug.

 

 

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