Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) dare to grow anywhere whether it's in the middle of the city or out in the country, they're very hardy and perhaps that is why they offer us so many health benefits. This wonderful plant is so under-rated and it makes me sad that most people even regard it as weed. I'm sure that if we were all aware of how helpful this yellow beauty is they would acquire an appreciation for it, just like me! Dandelions contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, B-complex, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, choline, calcium and boron.
Dandelion leaf is a powerful diuretic with a comparable effect to the drug called furosemide but instead of depleting potassium like many diuretics it actually is one of the best sources for it. This bitter tasting leaf is a great addition to salads and promotes bile excretion which aids in a more effective digestive system.
Dandelion root is great for liver support by reducing congestion and inflammation and helping overall hepatic functions.
This plant can be used for:
- Water retention
- Liver support