The humble dandelion deserves so much more credit than it receives. It may be a stubborn weed, but what it offers us both as a food and as a medicine is a true gift and makes up for it in spades.
This nutritive plant is packed with minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, and choline, vitamins A, C, D, and B’s, as well as beta-carotene, phenolic acids sesquiterpene lactone, triterpenes, and inulin – some weed hey?
It is a bitter herb which means its all about giving our digestive system some love, especially our livers and gallbladders which are so essential for proper detoxification and maintaining digestive homeostasis.
The dried root makes a for a great caffeine-free alternative to coffee with the added benefit of all those active constituents and nutrients, what’s not to love about that?
So with all that goodness in mind, why not try a new thing in your daily routine whether its starting your day with Little Wilding Co’s Dirty Dandi Chai or Alive + Energise before you have that coffee, or even as a 3pm pick me up, your body will thank you for it!
Action: Bitter tonic, choleretic, mild laxative, antirheumatic, cholagogue, mild diuretic, nutritive, hepatoprotective, alterative, anti-inflammatory.
Indications: Dyspepsia, lack of appetite, constipation, digestive liver insufficiency, flatulent colic, gall stones, cholecystitis, gallbladder dysfunction, water retention, chronic skin disorders, acne, and rheumatism.
Pregnancy / Breastfeeding safe: Yes
Bone, K: The Ultimate Herbal Compendium: Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) 2007, Pg. 29-30
The Herbal Extract Company Australia – Full Monograph Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale)