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Dandelion

(Taraxacum officinale)

Description

Dandelion is a common garden weed but is touted as a valuable herbal remedy. It acts as a natural diuretic while also supplying potassium, a nutrient that is often lost through diuretic use. 

The plant is rich in the antioxidants, vitamins A and C. The young leaves can be eaten fresh or used in herbal preparations. 

How It May Benefit You

  • poor digestion

  • gall bladder problems

  • inflammation of the liver

  • congestive heart failure and high blood pressure that require diuretic treatment.

As a supplemental diuretic, dandelion may help relieve symptoms associated with:

  • high blood pressure, 

  • congestive heart failure,

  • premenstrual syndrome, 

  • menstrual pain, and 

  • joint pain. 

Caution

Discontinue using dandelion if you get allergic dermatitis, stomach upset, diarrhoea, flu like symptoms, or liver pain.   If you are pregnant, have a heart condition, or inflamed stomach or colon use dandelion only with Professional consultation.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Available in tinctures, prepared tea, capsules, and dried or fresh leaves or roots.