Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelion is all over most yards in the spring and summer. I did not realize the benefit of this herb until this study.
First, I did not know that it contained one of the best natural sources of potassium and that is was a laxative and had anti-rheumatic properties.
The use of this herb stimulates kidney function. It is used in cases of water retention due to heart problems. It may be used in inflammation and congestion of the live and gall bladder. Used in a wider treatment for muscular rheumatism.
This herb is a most valuable general tonic and perhaps the best widely applicable diuretic and liver tonic. It can be used with Barberry and Balmony for liver and gall bladder problems.
For water retention it may be used with couchgrass and yarrow. Also the leaves may be added to salads. It reduces swelling and relieve muscle aches and pains. Very beneficial for the kidneys and urinary tract. It induces the flow of bile and cleans the hepatic system.It is considered one of the safest and most effective diuretics.
It tones the kidney as and aids in proper water elimination which maintaining appropriate potassium levels.
The leaves are high in minerals and vitamins, Vitamin A and C. The flowers can make a delicious wine.
You can steam the leaves or marinate in oil and vinegar.
Here is one way to enjoy the wonderful Herb.
Recipe Dandelion Cookies
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup regular oats
1/2 cup freshly picked dandelion flowers
Preheat oven to 375. melt butter on low heat. set aside to cool slightly. Remove all the green steams and bracts from the dandelion flowers; set aside.
Mix together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside.
Mix the dandelion flowers into the honey and butter mixture.
Add the eggs and vanilla and stir well.
Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well.
Place by the tablespoon full onto greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
The new Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann
Rosemary Gladstars Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health
Want to become an Herbalist or Aromatherapist? Visit www.heartofherbs.com
Articles written by students are the opinions, research and voice of the student and not Heart of Herbs Herbal School. We encourage our students to explore and grow in their profession.
Disclaimer: For educational use only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Students articles reflect the views of the student and not necessarily Heart of Herbs Herbal School. Educational programs are available at www.heartofherbs.com and you can find all of Demetria Clark’s books at Amazon.
Information offered on Heart of Herb Herbal School websites, articles and blogs is for educational purposes only. Heart of Herb Herbal School makes neither medical claim, psychological claim or intends to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Links to external sites are for informational purposes only. Heart of Herbs Herbal School neither endorses them nor is in any way responsible for their content, we are currently not part of any affiliate programs. Readers must do their own research concerning the safety and usage of any herbs or supplements, this is your responsibility as consumer.