Dandelion Image Dandelion Taraxacum officinale (Composite Family)

The leaves of this plant are a powerful diuretic. The roots are a blood purifier which helps remove toxins from the liver and kidneys.

Because it is high in vitamins and iron, this herb is useful for treating anemia.

It’s diuretic properties make it a useful treatment for bladder infections.

A bitter, appetite stimulant, this herb increases production of bile to help relieve constipation, gallstones, hemorrhoids and IBS.

The root of this herb is often combined with milk thistle in a tincture form for stimulating and detoxifying the liver.

The flowers contain a substance called helenin as well as vitamins A and B-2 (riboflavin), which may be helpful in treating night vision problems.

Steep a handful of freshly picked flowers in a pint of hot water for about 20 minutes. Drink 1 cup twice daily.

In the spring dandelion leaves and roots produce mannitol, a substance used in the treatment of hypertension

and a weak heart.

For a nice spring tonic try juicing a handful of Dandelion leaves with a bit of parsley and 1 apple.

For a tasty, easy-to-make tonic wine try this:

Pick dandelion flowers on a warm, dry day.

Macerate 1 cup (60 g) flowers and steep in 4 cups (1 litre) white wine for 1 month in an airtight container. Strain out the flowers and sweeten to taste with a little bit of honey if desired.

This is a nice tonic for the gallbladder.

Sourced and published by Henry Sapiecha 27th April 2010

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