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, it’s hard to see the value that this plant really has. Dandelion is a nutritious healing herb with medicinal properties that date back more than one thousand years. Dandelion 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 grow like weeds. You may have some unhappy neighbors if you don’t take care of them properly. Harvest roots at the end of the second growing. 

SAFETY:

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