Botanical name :Taraxacum officinale
The name dandelion originated from the Greek “leontodon” and French “dent de lion”, meaning “Lion’s tooth” from the toothed edges to their leaves
Dandelion grows wild throughout the world as a weed, and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Medicinal use of dandelion was first recorded in writing in the Tand Materia Meica (659 B.C.E) and later noted by Arab physicians in the 10th century, and has since been used all over the world.
Recommended by herbalists as a tonic and for mild aperient properties, dandelion is probably best know as a potent potassium sparing diuretic.
In Spring dandelion leaves are traditionally used as a liver tonic and blood purifier. Added to salads, the leaves provide a rich source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, D2 and B. Dandelion leaves also contain Calcium and Magnesium mineral salts to aid bone, tissue and nerve health, as well as sodium and potassium to help fluid balance, and sulphur, essential in protein and enzyme function.
The dried and roasted roots which are gathered in Autumn are the part of the plant most commonly used in infusions. The roots can also be blanched or eaten raw in winter salads.
In traditional western herbal medicine, Dandelion root is used to support and improve the functioning of the liver, gallbladder and spleen. The root can also be used to treat general toxic conditions such as chronic joint and skin inflammations, as well as dyspepsia, constipation, gallstone and biliary problems.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine dandelion is considered to be energetically sweet, drying, and cooling, and is used to clear heat from the liver and has a beneficial effect on the stomach and lungs.
Native American tribes also considered dandelion to be a prized edible, and it was used as a gastrointestinal aid, and cleansing alternative. Tea was made from the plant to calm the nerves, and some tribes were known to chew the root to allay tooth pain.
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