Dandelion leaf

Taraxacum Officinale Folia

Long, shiny, jagged (lion’s teeth) leaves that radiate from the stem keep the plant well watered. Native to Europe, grows prolifically in meadows, fields and gardens.

Family: Asteraceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Dandelion leaf is a key herb in Detox

Habit and cultivation: Widely known throughout the world as a weed, growing world wide in most conditions but loves a downpour. It is only worth collecting young leaves in late spring.

Actions (known for): Anti-rheumatic, bitter tonic (digestive), cholagogue, diuretic and laxative.

History

Mentioned by Arabic physicians in the 11th century and by Welsh physicians of Myddfai during the same period as a sort of wild endive. Derived from the Greek word taraxos meaning disorder and akos meaning remedy and the Latin dens leonis as both the leaves and flower head resemble the lion’s teeth and mane. It has long been used for its diuretic properties. The history of the roots’ medicinal properties connected to the liver is much shorter. It is a key ingredient in dandelion beer along with nettles and yellow dock. The flowers are still used in the making of dandelion wine in the U.K.

Parts used:

Leaves

Constituents (bio available chemicals):

Carotene, hydroxyphenolic acid, mineral salts, sesquiterpene lactones and taraxcin.

Nutritional constituents:

Vitamins: A, B, C, D. Minerals: potassium, iron and copper.

Indications:

Cholecystitis, constipation, dyspepsia, gallbladder disorders, odema, odema premenstrual and oliguria.

Dosage:

Liquid extract: (1.1). – 40-80ml. Infusion of dried leaf: – 4-10g. Fluid extract (25%) – 4-10ml. Fresh juice – 10-20ml 2 x daily.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Cautions for therapeutic doses

Can cause allergic reactions. Individuals with bilary conditions and gallstones should not take internally without consulting their health care professional.

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