DANDELION

DANDELION: “Much More Than a Weed”

Blood Pressure, Boils, Bronchitis, Congestive Heart Failure, Hepatitis, Obesity, Pneumonia

Also Known As: Lion’s Tooth and Wild Endive

HISTORY:

Dandelion is so widely depicted as a weed but it is a nutritious healing herb that dates back more than one thousand years. Dandelions may also aid in treating high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, premenstrual syndrome and gallstones. Since ancient times, Chinese physicians have prescribed dandelion to treat the conditions above including dental problems, itching, internal injuries and ulcers.

PREPARATION:

Fresh leaves can be eaten as a fresh salad or vegetable.

  • Infusion:

Take one half ounce of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups daily.

Take an infusion for a diuretic, premenstrual syndrome, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and digestion conditions.

  • Root Decoction:

Gently boil 2 to 3 teaspoons of root powder per cup of water for 15 minutes. Cool and drink up to 3 cups daily.

  • Tincture:

Take up to 1 to 2 teaspoons three times daily.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Dandelion seeds may not be readily available, so check with your nursery or seed catalog. Plant seeds early in the spring. They grow in almost any soil but prefer moist well drained loam. Dandelions multiply fast. Be sure to harvest roots at the end of the second growing. 

SAFETY:

Dandelion may cause a skin rash for some with sensitive skin. The FDA lists dandelion as generally regarded as safe.