The name ‘Dandelion’ derives from the French ‘dent de lion‘, or ‘lion’s teeth’, a reference to the plant’s toothed leaf. Flowering plants native to Britain, Europe, Asia and North America, Dandelions have become a traditional herbal remedy in many different cultures.
Of note is that Dandelion Leaf is abundant with vitamins and minerals, in particular Vitamins A, B, C and K, and is also a rich source of calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and potassium, as well as beta-carotene.
All in all, Dandelion Leaf is both vitamin- and mineral-rich.
Traditionally, Dandelion Leaf has been used to treat liver and gall bladder problems, as well as some infections, and has also been used as a diuretic.
Some herbalists claim the high levels of magnesium found in young Dandelion leaves may even help to prevent bone disease and osteoporosis.
Most commonly Dandelion Leaf is said to cleanse and increase the function of the liver, and increase the secretion of bile into the small intestine.
No surprises, then, that it is commonly used to treat jaundice, hepatitis and other liver-related problems.
Dandelion Leaf (as well as Dandelion Root) is also said to help reduce blood pressure and to neutralize the build-up of acids produced from weight-loss.
Directions for use: One of the best ways to use Dandelion Leaf and/or Dandelion Root is as a tea:
- Leaf Tea: Just add almost boiling water to a teaspoon of Earthfare Organic Dandelion Leaf and enjoy.
- Root Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoonfuls of Earthfare Organic Dandelion Root, bring to the boil then simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.
For further information on the properties and use of Dandelion we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner