Latin Name: taraxacum dens-leonis
Alternative Name: swine’s snout, priest’s crown, lion’s tooth telltime
Forms Available: leaf

Dandelion – taraxacum dens-leonis – Dandelion is so widely despised as a weed, it’s sometimes difficult to see this plant for what it really is –a healing herb with a medicinal reputation dating back more than 1,000 years. Dandelion may help treat PMS, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. It may also help prevent gallstones and may have other medically intriguing possibilities as well. Tenth-century Arab physicians were the first to recognize that dandelion increases urine production. Chinese physicians have prescribed dandelion since ancient times to treat colds, bronchitis, pneumonia, hepatitis, boils, ulcers, obesity, dental problems, itching, and internal injuries. They also used a poultice of chopped dandelion to treat breast cancer. Dandelion root was an ingredient in Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, a popular 19th century patent medicina for menstrual discomforts. AS a diuretic, the dandelion no doubt helped relieve the bloating many women experience during PMS. To make a leaf infusion, use ½ oz. of dried leaves per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to 3 cups a day. As a potential aid to help keep vaginal yeast infections at bay, add a couple of handfuls of dried leaves to the bathwater -use a muslin bag or metal tea ball. Dandelion may cause skin rash in sensitive individuals.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Diuretic. Potassium-rich. Herbalists use dandelion to treat liver disorders. An internal cleanser.

Other Uses: Burnt during wishing spells.

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