Mar 11 2015 In Ask the Herbalist By Kenneth Roberts
Dandelion: The Most Under-Appreciated Herb
Dandelion which grows wild in all 50 states is the most disliked weed, which is unfortunate. Dandelion has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. Dandelion has hundreds of phyto-chemical constituents that together create a multitude of beneficial properties. Dandelion has been reputed to aid digestive issues, purify the blood, and help prevent hemorrhoids and gallstones. It is a gentle diuretic that supports kidney and bladder function and it contains amazingly high amounts of vitamins and minerals. Although dandelion grows wild almost anywhere, I would not recommend picking dandelion off the street to use because of the many pesticides and toxins in ordinary soil, groundwater, etc. While dandelion is a very healthful herb, always be sure you are buying from a reputable source!
Dandelion greens, the stems and leaves contain 535% of the daily recommended levels of Vitamin K which is crucial for building strong bones. The percentage is based on ingesting the fresh greens. When dried and infused as a tea, a teaspoon would give you roughly 40% in a single cup. Dandelion also contains similarly high levels of Vitamin A which supports healthy skin, cleanses and reduces inflammation in the mucous membranes, and supports eye health by protecting the retinas from the damage of UV rays. It also contains decent levels of Vitamin C, B-6, Thiamin, riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Manganate, Magnesium, Folates, Phosphorous and Copper.
I use dandelion in several of our WellTeaing herbals. The diuretic, blood purifying and anti-inflammatory effects makes it a perfect inclusion in our Gentle Cleanse. The herbal combination in the Gentle Cleanse supports kidney and liver cleansing, while also cleansing the lymphatic system, and supporting your body’s natural cleansing and elimination of waste and toxins.
Dandelion is also in ArthriTea WellTeaing, which is an herbal blend to increase circulation and reduce inflammation as well as pain. Originally created to help with the symptoms of arthritis, I have also had people tell me they’ve had results with reducing inflammation effects of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and more. If you have inflammation this is the blend for you.
If you check out our WellTeaing line of wellness herbals, you will find dandelion is one of my favorites to combine with other herbs to bring out all of the beautiful benefits in our delicious blends. Dandelion has so many uses and benefits; it’s not merely an annoying weed in the yard. Next time you’re taking a stroll outdoors, perhaps take a moment to reflect on the blessings of this plant.