Dandelion is one of those hidden herbal gems, hidden in plain sight. It grows abundantly almost everywhere. You can use just about the entire plant in many ways to help with various ailments. While western medicine does not recognize any scientific evidence supporting the use of dandelion for any health condition, the entire plant has been used for centuries in Native American and Arabic traditions.
Dandelion is used as a diuretic, a blood tonic, and to treat problems with the liver. It is also used as a dietary supplement and to treat some digestive problems. Because of dandelion root’s strong diuretic properties; it is believed to treat premenstrual bloating and to increase frequency of urination. There are no studies that indicate the consumption of dandelion resulting in any side effects; however, people with known allergies should be cautious and consult a physician.
Dandelion is edible from the petals to the roots. The leaves can be used in salad greens or in soups. The petals can be used to make tea, wine, tinctures, tonics, and infused oils. To treat skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis, grind the dandelion root into a fine powder and add water to make an anti-inflammatory, anti-itch paste. This herb promotes so many uses and health benefits that it is a must-have in your collection and can seamlessly incorporate into your healthy lifestyle.
-Kimberly J, May 2020