Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Native

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Parts used: leaves, root, flower

Medicinal uses: Leaf is used as a diuretic and to treat high blood pressure by reducing the volume of fluid in the body. The root is a very effective detoxifying herb. It works principally on the liver and gallbladder to help remove waste products, it also stimulates the kidneys to remove toxins in the urine. The root and leaf can also be used to prevent gallstones while the leaf may be used to help dissolve those that have already formed. It is beneficial for many conditions, including constipation, skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, and arthritic conditions, including osteoarthritis, and gout (Chevallier 141).

Additional uses: The leaves and root of dandelion are edible and can be prepared in a variety of ways. The leaves are often eaten raw or cooked while the root can be added to soups or stews as well as stir-fries. Roasting is another common preparation for dandelion root and is often used as a substitute for coffee. The flowers can be made into wine. The flowers can also be used to make a yellow dye while the whole plant can be used to make a magenta dye (Kowalchik 141-2).

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale

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Cautions: None known (Chevallier 141).

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