Dandelion Root - Cut, Organic

Herbs: Dandelion Root - Cut, Organic

Common Names: Dandelion, cankerwort, lion’s tooth, wild endive
Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale
Origin: USA

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

The dandelion we are talking about really is that little yellow weed in your lawn. All its parts are used – the leaves, flower and roots. It can be used fresh in green drinks and salads.

  • One of the best blood purifiers and builders available.
  • High in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
  • Contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood so anemia that is caused by deficiencies of these blood salts disappears.
  • Overweight people when losing weight can become over acidic. These acids in the blood are destroyed by dandelion.
  • One of the best liver cleansers. It increases the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
  • Increases activity of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Good for the female organs.
  • Helps open urinary passages.

Has been used in the following:

  • Acne
  • Age spots
  • Anemia
  • Appetite
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Blood purifier
  • Eczema
  • Liver cleanser
  • Yellow jaundice
  • Low blood pressure
  • Weight loss
  • Case History

    A severely anemic pregnant woman took 2 Dandelion capsules 3 times a day. In less than a month her blood count came up several points. Her obstetrician stated he was pleasantly surprised because he hadn’t seen it come up like that before, during a pregnancy.

    Another woman had been anemic all her life before taking dandelion. Since she started taking 2 capsules 3 times a day of dandelion, she has had no more problems with anemia.

    Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

    Dandelion is commonly thought to be one of the “bitter herbs” recommended in the Bible. Its young leaves have been gathered and eaten as a pot herb or as an addition to salads for centuries.

    It has been used to aid digestion, relieve liver distress, and to treat all manner of ills from dropsy, jaundice, and kidney stones to warts and psoriasis. Culpeper states, “It is of an opening and cleansing quality, and therefore, very effectual for the obstructions of the liver, glass, and spleen. It opens the passages of the urine, both in young and old, powerfully cleanses, and doth afterwards heal them.”

    Dandelion is an extremely effective diuretic, but without the common side effect of mineral depletion prevalent with diuretic drugs.

    Dandelion is rich in many nutrients, particularly in bio-available minerals.

    It enriches breast milk in nursing mothers, benefiting both mother and child.

    The plant helps control blood pressure by reducing excess fluids in the body as well as by the presence of mannitol, a substance commonly prescribed in Europe for hypertension.

    Indicated Usages - Internal

  • Acne, Skin Eruptions
  • Blood Purifier
  • Boils, Cysts
  • Constipation
  • Edema, Swelling, Water Retention
  • Anemia
  • Jaundice,
  • Indigestion
  • Psoriasis, Eczema
  • Obstructions; Liver, Spleen, Pancreas

  • Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

    Contains bitter compounds that enhance the efficiency of the body’s eliminative and detoxifying functions. These compounds help restore normal liver function, increase the production of digestive fluids and enzymes, particularly bile, increase the flow of urine and have a laxative effect. Dandelion is an excellent herbal source of sodium, iron and vitamin A.

    From Our Reading and/or Experience...

    • We use Dandelion often in tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be made into powder, and used as such in capsules.
    • Dandelion is a food, and thus, keep it in the kitchen as all other food ingredients. We add it to dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts so as to add nutritional value to the dish without changing the flavor.
    • It can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
    • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
    • It is critical that Dandelion is stored in a dark, dry, and cool place. Refrigeration or freezing is highly recommended, but not necessary. Following these suggestions will delay the loss of it's highly valued nutritional and medicinal properties.

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