You may be familiar with dandelion as a stubborn garden weed, however in traditional herbal medicine dandelion is revered for its wide array of medicinal properties. The leaves are high in vitamins and antioxidants which gives them anti-inflammatory properties, as well as containing potassium, magnesium and calcium.
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 may replace the potassium that is lost from the body when diuretics are used.
It is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, a soluble fibre found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in the intestinal tract, making it an excellent digestive tonic and mild laxative. Common medicinal uses include: natural laxative, optimizes digestion, stabilizes mood swings.
The leaves have traditionally been used as a spring cleanser and blood purifier. It may be recommended to clear stagnancy and cool the body.
Leaf: 1-2 tsp/cup, steep 10 minutes.
Root: 1-2 tsp/cup, simmer covered 15 minutes.
Specifications for Dandelion leaf
|Botanical name||Taraxacum officinalis|
Country of Origin
|Organic Status||Australian Certified Organic before repackaging|
|Packaging||Home compostable, reusable zip lock pouch|
People with an allergy to the Asteracea or Daisy family may have a mild reaction to dandelion.