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Dandelion

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

Scientific name

Taraxacum officinale


Family

Asteraceae/compositae

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Background

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


Effects

Organs & systems affected

Gastrointestinal

Immune system

Endocrine

Cardiovascular


Flower essence

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


Nature

Earthy, nutty and pleasingly bitter; neutral and cooling


Plant constituents

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


Traditional uses

Dandelion has been used for tonsillitis, loss of appetite, heartburn, flatulence, bile stimulation, joint pain abdominal pain, and infections.

Safety

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 .


Interactions

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.


Dosing

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


Compatible pairings

Burdock root, sassafras, chaste, licorice, ginger, and chaste tree



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References

Https://naturalmedicines-therapeuticresearch-com.ezproxy.fau.edu/databases/food,-herbs-supplements/professional.aspx?productid=706#dosing

Https://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/ingredient/419/dandelion

Https://www.treefrogfarm.com/store/flower-essences-tree-essences/dandelion-flower-essence.html

Https://inspiredbyhilde.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/handbook-of-medicinal-herbs-2ed-2002-duke.pdf

Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.

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