All About Dandelion
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.
Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale
Other Common Names
- Lion's tooth, blowball, cankerwort, swine snout, wild endive
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.