Updated: Oct 3, 2019
Also called blowball, cankerwort, and lion’s teeth.
Dandelion is a perennial herb found throughout temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It has yellow flowers that resemble small petals collected together into a composite flower head.
Applicable parts used
Aerial parts and the roots
Organs & systems affected
Assist with clearing and expelling toxic imprints.
Mechanism of action
Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, prebiotic, hypoglycemic, stomachic, antispasmodic, bitter, alterative, antibacterial, laxative, diuretic, tonic, and toner
Earthy, nutty and pleasingly bitter; neutral and cooling
Luteolin, bitter glycosides, triterpenoids, tannins, volatileoils, inulin, vitamins a vitamin b complex, vitamin c, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese,phosphorus, potassium, protein, selenium, silicon, sodium, and zinc
Dandelion has been used for tonsillitis, loss of appetite, heartburn, flatulence, bile stimulation, joint pain abdominal pain, and infections.
Precaution & adverse reactions
Generally safe when used in appropriate amounts but dandelion pollen may cause allergic reactions.
Dandelion can cause an allergic reaction in individuals sensitive to the asteraceae/compositae family .
Dandelion may lead to anticoagulants, anti diabetics, lithium, potassium sparing diuretics, and certain antibiotics.
Pregnancy and lactation
There is insufficient reliable information available of dandelion use in pregnant woman; avoid using amounts greater than those in foods.
Herbal infusion: use 1-2 tsp of dry herb in 8 ounces of water, up to 3 times per day
Tincture: 10- 15 drops up to 2 times per day
Burdock root, sassafras, chaste, licorice, ginger, and chaste tree
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Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.