Wednesday Widsom - Dandelion
Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale
Common Names: Fairy Clock, Pee-the-Bed, Lion’s Teeth.
Habitat: Distributed throughout the majority of the world.
Part used: Root and leaves.
Actions of Dandelion: Diuretic, mild laxative, tonic, antirheumatic, hepatic.
Dandelion can be used to support any liver or kidney disorder, including jaundice. The Dandelion root has the greatest hepatic action, being used to stimulate the liver and increase the production of bile. The leaves have a powerful diuretic action, hence its Old English name – Pee-the-Bed. The added benefits that Dandelion has when used as a diuretic is that it is rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. The rich potassium content replaces the potassium that is leached from the body. Dandelion is rich in vitamins A, B, C and D, and contains higher levels of vitamin A than carrots. Dandelion will cleanse the blood and is useful in the treatment of rheumatism. Dandelion can be looked upon as a natural electrolyte and have has many reports of horses digging up their paddocks to get to the roots.