Parts used-Flowers, leaves and roots
Actions and Uses: Dandelion is one of my favorite herbs. It acts as diuretic, cleanses the blood and liver, increases bile production and reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid levels. It is classified as a tonic and improves the function of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, stomach and relieves menopausal. It is useful for anemia, boils, breast tumors, constipation, fluid retention, hepatitis and rheumatism.
Phytochemical and Nutrient Content: Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, cryptoxanthin, lutein, mannitol, p-coumaric acid, saponin, stigmasterol, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.
General Information: The herb dandelion is classified as a bitter herb and is very good for the digestive system. It is excellent in salads and the leaves can be boiled and eaten like spinach. Dandelion is one of the great tonic herbs of all times. The entire plant is restorative and rejuvenating. The root is prized for its benefits to the digestive system and stimulating the liver and cleaning the hepatic system. It is one of the best herbal food sources and can be used as both a medicine and food.
Caution: Should not be combined with prescription diuretics. Not recommended for people with gallstones or biliary tract obstruction.