DANDELION WORKS ITS MAGIC

DANDELION WORKS ITS MAGIC />

LATIN NAME: Taraxacum Officinale

FAMILY: Asteraceae

PARTS USED: Roots, leaves, juice

BOTANICAL INFORMATION:

Dandelion is a perennial herb belonging to the family Asteraceae, or Compositae. Stable and enduring, feels great on any soil. Dandelion reaches 50 cm in height, has a thick main root (up to 2 cm and even more in diameter, up to 50 cm long). Taraxacum officinale leaves are runcinate, pinnatiparite and dentate. They are 10-20 cm long, 1-5 cm wide and assembled in a heart. Flower-bearing arrow is juicy, cylindrical, hollow inside and ends in a single flower basket. Flowers are yellow and sit on a flat phoranthium. Every part of the plant has a thick white milky juice which has a bitter taste. Ripe seeds are supplied with an appendage in the form of a parachute, due to which they fly away over fairly long distances. Dandelion blooms in April-June.

DISTRIBUTION AREA:

 It was brought to America as a food crop. Now it is assimilated throughout Southern Africa, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, India. It can be found in all 50 states and most Canadian provinces.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION:

 This little flower contains a great variety of vitamins, minerals and other useful substances, such as : flavoxanthin, sugars, taraxacin, saponin, choline(B4), vitamin A, thiamine(B1), riboflavin(B2), niacin(B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), folate (B9), cyanocobalamine (B12), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, taraxacerin, inosite, protein, phenylacetic acid, oleinic acid, palmic acid, melissic acid, linoleic acid, beta-amyrin.

PHARMACOLOGICAL PROPERTIES: 

Dandelion is  a plant containing amarines. That is why, one of its main purposes is to improve appetite and digestion. But it has a number of other possitive effects on our body, for instance:

  • antiviral;
  • antimicrobial;
  • antispasmodic;
  • anthelmintic;
  • anticarcinogenic;
  • diaphoretic;
  • diuretic;
  • expectorant;
  • laxative;
  • hypnotic;
  • sedative.

INDICATIONS FOR USE:

Thanks to its unique composition dandelion can help you to get rid of many diseases: acne, allergy, eczema, anaemia, arthritis, insomnia, intestine diseases, joints pain, liver cancer, liver diseases, digestive tract inflammation, high blood cholesterol, gastritis, gallstone disease, thyroid diseases, uterine fibroid, colitis, loss of appetite, diabetes, rheumatism, headaches, conjuctivitis, hemorrhoid, kidney disease, constipation.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Dandelion tea, juice or leaves do not give any side effects. Fresh dandelion flower-bearing stem can cause symptoms of poisoning if eat them a lot. Sometimes can cause allergy.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: 

Despite the fact that dandelion can save you from a number of diseases,still it has some contraindications. Be careful using it if you have:

  • stomach ulcer and heartburn;
  • gastritis;
  • diarrhea;
  • gallstones;
  • predisposition to allergy.

HEALTH RECIPES:

DECOCTION FROM DANDELION: Pour 400 ml boiling water over 30 g (3 Tbsp) of dry roots, simmer for 10-13 minutes, cool at room temperature, and then filter. Take 1 glass 2 times a day half an hour before meals as a general remedy.

INFUSION FROM DANDELION: Pour 250 ml boiling water over 5 g fresh or 2 g dried dendelion flowers, leave for 2 hours, filter and press the remaining material. Wipe the skin with the infusion to get rid of pigment spots and freckles.

Herbalterra produces high-quality herbal liquid extracts and among the great diversity of them, you can find:

  Besides the single herb extract, you can search out multiple herbal formulas with dandelion, for example:

We produced our extracts using a cold maceration method of extraction to ensure that the broad spectrum of therapeutic plant compounds - vitamins, minerals, alkaloids, flavonoids and other active constituents of the herbs are fully extracted and maintained. Take about 20-30 drops (1 ml or 1 full squeeze of the dropper bulb) to 2 oz of juice or water up to 4 times a day.

THE USE OF DANDELION AROUND THE WORLD:

  • In  China, folk healers use dandelion to improve the patient's appetite, to treat skin diseases and problems with lymph nodes. The plant is widely used as an antipyretic and diaphoretic remedy. Also, it increases the supply of milk in breastfeeding women.
  • Bulgarian traditional healers use taraxacum officinale to get rid of problems with the liver, stomach, gall bladder and intestines. What is more the juice and leaves help with atherosclerosis, anemia, hemorrhoids and vitamin C deficiency.
  • In Germany young leaves and taraxacum officinale juice are used for vitamin deficiency and anemia.
  • The French grow dandelion as a garden crop. They are confident that the juice of young plants helps to improve the condition of the blood. Moreover, the plant is widely used for making salads. Local homeopaths recommend using juice and leaves for skin diseases.

The dandelion does not stop growing because it is told it is a weed. The dandelion does not care what others see. It says, “One day, they’ll be making wishes upon me.”

B Atkinson

*This article is for informational purposes only. We suggest consulting with a physician before using these or any other herbal supplements