Scientific name: Taraxacum officinale Weber
Dandelion is a tap-rooted biennial or perennial herb native to Europe and Asia.
The leaves are 5–25 cm long or longer and arranged in rosette fashion around the central taproot. A rosette may produce several flowering stems at a time and each ending in a single flowering head. The flower heads are yellow to orange color and when broken it gives out a milky sap (latex). Upon maturity, the flower head is replaced by a white puffball containing many single-seeded fruits called “achenes”. Each “achene” is attached to an umbrella-like tuft of hairs.
When picking dandelions it is advisable to gather the whole plant when it is about to bloom, and the taproots around the colder months.
Dandelion leaves are believed to have a diuretic effect since they increase salt and water excretion from the kidneys. They also contain abundant amounts of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamins A, C and K, and are good sources of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. The leaves are a significant source of beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Dandelion leaves may also normalize blood sugar.
Dandelion flowers contain an antioxidant called luteolin.
Whole plant or taproots (fresh or sun-dried)
1. Otitis media
Pound the fresh plant until the sap is extracted. Use this sap as eardrops. A few drops of sap a day is recommended.
Pound the dried dandelion taproot until it becomes a fine powder. Add Vaseline or a pasty plaster (1:1 proportion) to the powder. Rub the ointment over the affected area.
To make the pasty plaster:
Gather fresh dandelion plant and pound it or put in a food processor until a paste is created.
3. Warts /Scalds
Cut the end of the dandelion for the milk sap to come out. Apply the sap on the wart twice or thrice a day. Rub the sap over the scalded area.
Pound fresh plant and add egg white and a little amount of sugar to create a paste.
5. Kidney, gallbladder, and liver problems.
You will need dried herbs or roots in 1 quart of water. Boil for 30 min. Drink every 3 hours.
6. Gastric and duodenal ulcers.
After each meal take a teaspoon of the finely powdered, dried taproot, orally. Take it with a glassful of water.
THOUGH THE CONTENT OF THIS BLOG HAD BEEN TRIED & TESTED AND HAD BEEN USED AS FOLK/HERBAL MEDICINE IT IS STILL BEST TO CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.