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Botanical Name: Taraxacum officinale
A member of the large Asteraceae plant family, dandelions can be found worldwide.
Well-known for being edible in their entirety the valuable nutritional values of dandelion’s have made them popular for both their culinary and healing properties. In the root alone, the following medicinal benefits can be found:
Diuretic – Dandelion root is known as a natural diuretic to help treat water retention, also referred to as edema which can cause swelling of the feet, ankles, legs, fingers, hands and arms.
Antirheumatic – Dandelion root contains a range of phytochemicals that act as an anti-rheumatic which can help ease swelling and inflammation.
Laxative – Taken as a laxative tonic, dandelion root can help those suffering from constipation and benefit your overall digestive health.
Hepatic – Dandelion has traditionally been used to treat liver disorders and research has shown that used over time can improve liver function.
Depurative – Taking dandelion root for its depurative properties is a natural cleansing method for the kidneys and liver.
Anti-inflammatory - The anti-inflammatory effect of dandelion root can help those suffering from conditions that cause inflammatory symptoms. Acting as a cleansing agent, dandelion root is also known to reduce the inflammatory symptoms of skin conditions including acne, psoriasis and eczema.
Dandelion root is commonly used as a flavouring in drinks. The roots, when dried can also be roasted and ground as a healthy caffeine free alternative to coffee.
Dandelion root is a popular ingredient in beauty products. A topical application to both your hair and skin can help promote hair growth and improve your complexion.
Uses and preparations
Infusion: A hot or cold dandelion tea infusion is a simple way to enjoy the antioxidants and detoxifying benefits of dandelion roots.
Decoction: Boiling dandelion root in water produces a strong decoction that can help to support your kidneys and liver, whilst managing the waste and toxins in your body. To make you own dandelion root decoction, add 2 tsp of the roots to 1 ½ cups of boiling water, cover, simmer 20-30 min and strain.
Tincture: With a shelf life of up to seven years, dandelion root tincture is a quick way to benefit from the benefits of this detoxifying herb on a daily basis. ½ teaspoons should be taken per day, either directly under the tongue or added to water.
Infused oil: A dandelion root infused oil can be used as a long-lasting topical treatment for your hair and skin.
Poultice: Ground dandelion root, mixed into a paste with a small amount of water can be used as a topical application to treat skin conditions.
Soups and smoothies: By boiling dandelion root to soften it, you can easily blend this health boosting herb into soups and smoothies.
There are no known serious side effects of dandelion root. However, it is advised to consult your doctor before taking dandelion root if you are have been prescribed any medication, are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Those with an allergy to ragweed (a related plant) are also likely to be allergic to dandelion.
All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.