Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Taraxicum officinale

Dandelion root vs. Dandelion leaf ... there is a difference! 

Dandelion leaf is a strong diuretic. This means that it stimulates kidney function. 
The difference is that unlike pharmaceutical diuretics, which can deplete potassium in the body, it is a major source of potassium. It can be used whenever diuretic action is needed. It is a great general spring tonic and excellent for the liver. 

Dandelion root, is considered both 'hepatic' and 'cholagogue' in its actions. This means that it is great for any liver and gallbladder inflammation. Jaundice beware!

Dandelion leaves can be eaten and are quite tasty as a lightly sauteed or steamed vegetable as well as raw in salad form. Both its root and leaf can be taken as a tincture or as a decoction - aka - tea.

Be careful, though, there have been rare reports of dermatitis in people exposed over a long period of time to the latex that is found in its stem. 

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