Dandelion: Medicinal Properties
Teresa Workman Noble
Writer for End the Lie
The dandelion has many medicinal properties along with being a wild edible.
PLEASE NOTE: I do not recommend self-diagnosis or self-medication. The information contained in this web site is from my studies and research. Some of the information contained herein is hearsay and may not be correct. Use the information from this page only at your own risk! If in doubt consult a naturopathic doctor.
Uses: Jaundice and other liver problems, a tonic, blood cleanser, purifier, stomach, diuretic, laxative, nervousness an effective relaxant, minor scars and inflammations.
Identification: Grows to a height of 2 inches or more. Leaves are saw-toothed, whorl from centre. Yellow sectioned flowers mature to fluffy “pompoms” with seeds that blow in the wind.
Harvesting: The best time to harvest the leaves to make dandelion tea is spring, before the flowers appear. Another time is late fall, as after a frost their protective bitterness disappears. Plants growing in shaded areas or deep grass tend to be less bitter.
Infusion: Six dandelion leaves should be used for one cup of tea. The leaves should be torn into strips first. Unsweetened dandelion tea may be cooled and applied as a skin wash. The skin wash can be used on minor scars and inflammations.