Dandelion, dried bulk herb
Parts used: leaf, flower, root
per half oz
From the flower to the root, every art of dandelion is edible, nutritious and medicinal. Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamins A & C, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and B-vitamins, while dandelion root is a good source of protein, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and vitamin A. It’s bitter flavor activates digestive function. Dandelion root has particular affinity for the liver, gallbladder and kidneys. The root acts on the liver and gallbladder to stimulate bile production and help the liver in its detoxification function. The body’s elimination and metabolic functions improve as a result of dandelion root’s action. This has a secondary effect on the skin, helping to clear persistent acne, eczema, and other dermatitis caused by a congested liver. Hormone balancing also results thanks to improved liver detoxification. Dandelion root is also a rich source of inulin, which serves as a food source for healthy gut microbiota while also stabilizing blood sugar. Dandelion leaf targets the kidneys, stimulating elimination of uric acid/metabolic waste, which is particularly helpful for gout, stones, fluid retention, arthritis and similar conditions.
Note: Dandelion has several other functions that will be added to this materia medica so stay tuned!
Actions: digestive, alterative, tonic, diuretic, hepatic, cholagogue, choleretic
Energetics: cooling, drying
Constitution: notably Hot-Damp constitutions, but ALL constitutions can benefit from dandelion. However, those with dry constitutions should use in moderation due to it’s diuretic (drying) action.
Organ & Tissue Affinity: liver, kidneys, gut, skin
GWG Favorite Preparations: tincture, infusion,
Contraindications: not for long-term use due to liver stimulating action.
Herb-Drug Interactions: Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have kidney or gallbladder conditions or you’re taking lithium, blood thinners, diuretics, antacids or medications broken down by the liver.
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