While many people think of the dandelion as a pesky weed, lucky for us, it is also an excellent food and herbal medicine: it’s chock full of vitamins A, C, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. It is a good place to get B complex vitamins, organic sodium, and even vitamin D. Dandelion roots and leaves are used to treat liver problems, kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. It is often used to treat fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea. Dandelion contains protein too, more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years and used to treat anemia, scurvy, blood disorders, and depression.
|Dandelion||Taraxacum campylodes L.|
|raw material||flower, root|
|other names||Lion’s tooth; Priest’s crown; Swine’s snout; Taraxacum officinale|
|purpose||liver, kidney, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea, boils, lowering cholesterol, conjunctivitis, anemia, depression|
- CATEGORY Herbs