Dandelion is considered to be one of the
newest additions to the herbal repertoire. Historians have
noted that there is no mention of the dandelion plant in
Western history until its first appearance in the Ortus
Sanitatis of 1485.
In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion was also not
mentioned until later times. The dandelion did not become a
popular Chinese herbal plant until the 7th century. The name of
the dandelion has always invoked curiosity.
How did this herb get its funny name? The story goes that
the dandelion got its name from a surgeon in the 15th century,
who thought that the shape of the dandelion leaves resembled a
Dandelion is also interesting because it is used differently
in different parts of the world. In the West, for instance, it
is customary to separate the leaves and the root of the tree.
However, in traditional Chinese medicine, it is customary to
keep the plant intact when preparing herbal remedies.
The taste of dandelion has been described as cool, sweet,
and sometimes bitter. The leaves are known to contain bitter
glycosides, vitamins A, B, C, D, several minerals, including
salt, iron, and potassium.
The leaves of the dandelion plant also contain carotenoids,
terpenoids, choline, and potassium salts. The root of the
dandelion plant contains tannins, volatile oils, triterpenes,
sterols, bitter glycosides, asparagus, and inulin. The leaves
of the dandelion plant are thought to be diuretic in
They are also believed to have the ability to treat liver
problems, and to serve as a strong digestive tonic. The root of
the dandelion plant is also used. The root is mostly thought of
as a liver tonic, antirheumatic, and diuretic. It is also
believed to promote the flow of bile.
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The root of the dandelion plant is also often used. It is a
favorite liver stimulant of traditional herbalists. The root is
often used as a gentle, nourishing cleansing tonic. IT is used
to treat a range of products, ranging from jaundice to
The root of the dandelion plant can also be
used to treat chronic toxic conditions including skin problems
(acne, eczema, etc.) and joint inflammations. It is also
considered a powerful tool for treating chronic
The Dandelion plant can be found in a number of
herbal remedies. Dandelion leaves can be consumed raw by adding
a few springs to a spring salad as a cleansing herb. A juice
can also be created from the dandelion leaves. Simply puree the
leaves and take the juice whenever a diuretic action is
A tincture is an alcoholic extract of the
herb in question.
An infusion of herbs is made by placing 1 to
2 teaspoons of dried herb or 2 to 4 fresh herbs
in a carrier oil like sweet almond or water and
then strained after about 10 minutes.
Dandelion leaves are often infused to create a
hot tea that helps treat toxic conditions such as eczema, acne
and even gout. It also serves as a very gentle liver and
digestive stimulant that has a gentle cleansing action.
The Dandelion can also be made into a
tincture that can be taken for a variety of reasons, including
as a herb to help heal a failing heart. The root can also be
turned into at tincture to great gout, acne, and