Herb of the Week 8/21/11 – Dandelion

by The Herb Peddler on Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 11:28pm

Our first herb of the week is given to the Dandelion.  The dandelion very much deserves to be first for being recognized as herb of the week.  Sadly though, dandelions are typically regarded as a nuisance and people will go to great lengths to remove them from their yards.  However, dandelions have medicinal properties known by herbalists for many many years, which far outweigh any annoyances the dandelion may cause for some people.  It’s a matter of perception.  When the benefits are known, the plant is then beautiful to behold and it’s arrival in Spring very much anticipated.

Both Dandelion leaves and the roots have traditional applications for supporting the liver, gallbladder, and the digestive system.  Though most herbalists will agree that the leaves are most beneficial for healthy kidney function.  Dandelion leaves are are found to be rich in important nutrients such as iron, vitamins A, C, and D.  These nutrients lend to the leaves usefulness in supporting the building of blood, in promoting skin health, and in maintaining vibrant health and well-being.

Dandelion root is a much sought-after medicinal herb for its impressive therapeutic properties.  The roots provide a nutrient-rich tonic for the liver.  The roots also stimulate the removal of toxins and accumulated wastes in the body.  The roots encourage bile flow for proper digestion and elimination.  Dandelion root is also helpful by promoting good skin health.

Common Uses:

Dandelion Leaves -

Diuretic; anemia; indigestion; reduces acid in the body; blood pressure, promotes healthy kidney function; relieves temporary water weight gain; diuretic; supports healthy blood pressure; promotes digestion; supports healthy liver & gallbladder functions; supports blood cleansing; promotes skin health; occasional constipation.

Dandelion Roots -

Diuretic; anemia; indigestion; reduces acid in the body; blood pressure; supports healthy liver and gallbladder functions; supports blood cleansing; promotes digestion; aids fat digestion; occasional constipation; promotes skin health; relieves temporary water weight gain; helps maintain healthy uric acid levels.

Dandelion is found in many herbal combinations for detoxification, improvement of digestion, as well as immune support such as the VS-C formula that is primarily used for viral infections.

At The Herb Peddler we carry both dandelion leaf and root in addition to herbal formulas with dandelion as an ingredient.  Please feel free to let us know any questions or comments you have on this wonderful herb of the week!

Dandelion

Charlotte Test, ND, MH
The Herb Peddler                               www.TheHerbPeddler.com

About Charlotte Test

My husband and I are both Traditional Naturopaths and Master Herbalists. Our goal is to provide education and guidance to others for achieving optimum health naturally.
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