Herbal Profile: Dandelion

To most these plants are annoying weeds which seem to spring up everywhere they don’t belong; but to others they are very useful, and are encouraged to grow wherever they please. I believe many people would not be spraying their dandelions into submission if they knew all of the wonderful things they can accomplish. Everything from the root to the flower has very useful properties when it comes to herbal medicine, and even nutrition and alcohol production.

The Properties of Dandelion: (See Herbal Terminology Page for definitions of words)
Aperient, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Stomachic, Tonic

Uses for Dandelion Include:

Medicinal: Helps with dyspepsia with constipation, fever, insomnia, hypochondria, chronic rheumatism, gout, stiff joints, gall stones, jaundice, and other liver problems. It is a wonderful tonic as it promotes flushing of toxins from the body, and the leaves are a nutrient rich green containing iron, copper, vitamins A and E, calcium, chloride, magnesium, silica, and potassium.

Cosmetic: When bloated, it can help relive the body of excess fluids, and the “milk” is said to help treat warts, and other skin blemishes.

Energetic and Spiritual: Dandelion is an herb which belongs to the element of Air, and is ruled by the planet Jupiter and the Sun. When your dreams contain dandelions it is often a sign of change ahead, and you should prepare accordingly so as to induce a positive outcome.

If you see the fluff of the matured plant fly from the stem without feeling any wind, it is often a sign of coming rain. Because of these properties dandelion is an herb deemed most helpful in divination, and a cup of dandelion root tea can be helpful before one sits down with their chosen method of divination.

Applications of Dandelion:

Use the whole plant before it flowers, the leaves during flowering, and the roots alone in the fall. All methods below are useful for the above mentioned problems, choose that which is convenient for you.

Infusion: Steep 2 teaspoons plant or root in 1 cup boiling water. Take ½ to 1 cup a day lukewarm or cold.

Decoction: Use 4 ounces fresh plant and 2 pints water; boil down gently to 1 pint and strain. Take 3 tablespoons 6 times a day.

Cold Extract: Use 2 teaspoons plant with 1 cup water; let stand for 8 hours.

Juice: For a spring tonic take 1 teaspoon juice pressed from the leaves in milk 1-3 times a day. An electric juicer is helpful for this.

Dandelion Cure: Use 2 teaspoons fresh root and leaves with ½ cup water; boil briefly and then steep for 15 minutes. Take ½ cup, morning and evening. In addition, take daily 1-2 glasses of water with 3 tablespoons juice (pressed from the root and leaves) per glass. Use dandelion leaves in salad. This method is the most helpful for those suffering from chronic rheumatism, gout, and joint pain.

Contraindications: Caution is to be used during pregnancy, and careful regulation of electrolytes should be employed due to increased urination from the diuretic properties of the dandelion.

Information Pulled From:

The Herb Book by John Lust

Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham

The Master Book of Herbalism by Paul Beyerl

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  1. Dandelion began to be used rather as a vegetable than as medical herb, thanks to its taste and curative effects.

  2. […] 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island. —– dandelion Like this:LikeBe the first to like this post. This entry was posted in view from lummi island and […]

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