Taraxacum Officinale
  Use the whole plant especially the leaves and root

Dandelions virtues are that it is mucilaginous, and it contains inulin. They sooth the digestive tract, encourage friendly bacteria, and inhibit unfriendly bacteria. Dandelion also contains oils and bitter resins that stimulate the liver and kidneys. Historically considered one of the best remedies for hepatitis, cirrhosis, treatment of diabetes, and liver disease. For thousands of years used for treatment of breast cancer. Dandelion is claimed by countries of both Western Europe and the Mediterranean as a native plant, but its native origin is Greece.  It can thrive under almost any condition and has spread to nearly every part of the world.  The Latin name Taraxacum is form the Greek taraxos, meaning disorder and akos meaning remedy. 

Dandelion is known by a number of names, among them, Lions Tooth, Blow Ball, Priest's Crown, Puffball, Cankerwort, Wild Endive.  We all remember the puffballs that you blow on to release the seeds that drifted with the breeze before our eyes.  

Two great virtues of dandelion are that it is mucilaginous, and it contains inulin.  Together they sooth the digestive tract, encourage friendly bacteria to thrive and inhibit the growth of unfriendly bacteria.  Inulin is currently being studied extensively because of its immuno-stimulatory functions. 

Dandelion is also an ideally balanced diuretic because of the bitter flavonoids it contains.  It has been used in conditions where there is water retention due to heart problems or congestive jaundice.   

Dandelion has all the nutritive salts that are required for the body to purify the blood.  Dandelion also contains oils and bitter resins that have a stimulating effect on the liver and kidneys.  It can induce a flow of bile from the liver and is considered one of the best remedies for hepatitis and cirrhosis.  European herbalists have for years used the juice of the Dandelion root to treat diabetes and liver diseases.

The Chinese have used Dandelion for thousands of years for the treatment of breast cancer.  Dandelion has been used by herbalists as a poultice for breast cancer.

Dandelion contains 7,000 units of vitamin A per ounce; much more than found in carrots. 

Acne, Abscesses, Age Spots, Anemia, Appetite Stimulant, Arthritis, Asthma, Bladder, Blisters, Blood Purifier, Blood Cleanser, Blood Pressure (high), Boils, Bowel inflammation, Breast Cancer, Breast Tumors, Bronchitis, Cholesterol, Congestion, Constipation, Corns, Cramps, Dermatitis, Diabetes, Digestive Disorders, Dropsy, Dyspepsia, Eczema, Endurance, Fatigue, Female Organs, Fevers, Gall Bladder, Gallstones, Gas, Gout, Hemorrhage, Hepatitis, Hypoglycemia, Indigestion, Infections (bacterial), Insomnia, Intestines, Jaundice, Kidney Infections, Lethargy, Liver Disorders, Metabolism (stimulates), Pancreas, PMS, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Scurvy, Senility, Skin Eruptions, Skin Problems, Sores, Spleen, Stamina, Stomach, Ulcers, Urination, Warts, Water Retention, Weight Loss, Yeast Infections

Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995
Nutritional Herbology, by Mark Pedersen, Wendell W. Whitman Company, 1998
Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., Lotus Press, 1988





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