Some see it as a nuisance weed, but dandelion has long been used as an herb to help fight infections such as tonsillitis, and for detoxification. Often used as a diuretic, bitter constituents are said to increase bile production.
Dandelion comes from the French words "dent de lion", which means lions tooth. This is due to their sharp leaves, which resemble the teeth of a lion.
Limited scientific studies were found on dandelion. One human study demonstrated its diuretic action, likely related to its high potassium content. It also may have antiviral, anti-cancer, and hepatoprotective potential.
Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion is a weed like plant with yellow flowers, a hollow stem that exudes a milky liquid when broken, lobed leaves, and a large tap root.
Primarily the leaves, but also the flowers and roots can be used. It is important to gather organically grown plants not exposed to pesticides or pollutants.