Dandelion Herb Profile

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Dandelion is mostly known as a backyard weed, but it has amazing nutrient quality and health promoting properties. All the parts of the dandelion plant can be used though the roots and leaves are the most commonly used as herbs.

Dandelion Root/Leaf

According to Mountain Rose Herbs: “Its leaves and root contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. In almost every herbal healing tradition, the root of the dandelion has been used for the treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder problems.”

Dandelions are through to correct the physiological reactions triggered by intense emotions that cause eyestrain or red, swollen, and painful eyes. They are used in teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast. They promote lactation and clear painful urinary dysfunction.”

“Typically used as tea or tincture. Chopped dandelion root rather than dandelion root powder is most often used to make teas combining dandelion and other herbs. Dandelion root powder is used when diuretic effect is emphasized. Chopped dandelion root can be combined with myrrh to make a poultice for boils and abscesses, with honeysuckle flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat boils and abscesses, with skullcap and/or chrysanthemum flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat sore eyes, or with heal-all to treat hard phlegm in bronchitis. Can also be administered in capsule or extract form for convenience.”

According to the How To Herb Book Dandelion is:

  • One of the best blood purifiers and builders available.
  • High in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
  • Contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood so anemia that is caused by deficiencies of these blood salts disappears.
  • The herb for low blood pressure, helps build energy and endurance.
  • Overweight people when losing weight can become over acidic. These acids in the blood are destroyed by dandelion.
  • One of the best liver cleansers. It increases the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
  • It is fantastic for use in hepatitis.
  • Increases activity of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Good for the female organs.
  • Helps open urinary passages.
  • Used to treat skin diseases.

To Use: “Dandelion root and leaf are mildly chloretic, that is, an agent for stimulating the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder. The herb is used to support treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder disorders, especially the incomplete digestion of fats. The release of bile is laxative, and accelerates the breakdown of various steroid hormones, causing an indirect, favorable effect on eczema and other skin conditions. Dandelion root also is one of the best herbal diuretics. It stimulates urination but also replaces the potassium lost to the increased volume of urine.” It can be used in teas or tinctures and is often used in herbal coffee replacements.

Notes: Check with your doctor before using this or any herb, especially if you have a liver or gallbladder disorder.

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Reader Comments

  1. Erica Lrk says


  2. says

    My favorite way to eat dandelion is is Dandy Blend beverage.  It’s a nice alternative to coffee and I like it with cream.  I knew that it had some diuretic properties, but a lot of the information in your article is new to me.  Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lisa says

    My Dad would make a dandelion salad and juice (the leaves and root) it too, when I was a teenager.  The leaves only taste good in the early spring, after that, the leaves are bitter.

  4. Helen Mary says

    Wonderful information, however, from a Mom’s point of view ….the MOST important use of a dandelion:  IT IS THE FIRST FLOWER CHILDREN GIVE THEIR MOM!   A most cherished memory!   Thanks for so much great info.
    Helen Mary

  5. abbylou says

    I make dandelion root tea in the mornings and put it over ice with fresh lemon juice. During the work day or long drives for work, this is much more thirst-quenching and refreshing than just plain water.

  6. Suzanne says

    I’ve been wanting to try dandelion, specifically The Dandy Blend that Hannah mentioned but have hesitated. On one of my last check ups I had an ultra sound for my liver (I had cancer in my liver in my 20s) and they noticed that my gallbladder has “sludge” in it. This sounds like an easy way to help move that sludge along! Thanks Wellness Mama!

  7. Claire says

    When I was little I would get warts all the time on my knees, so I’d use the milky juice in the stems on them. After about three days of applying the sap the warts would be gone. Bonus was the flowers are tasty. :) Just had to be careful not to do that when Dad had gone nuts with the fertilizer/herbicides.

  8. Halley says

    I have recently found that dandelion root is contraindicated for use by someone who has an intestinal blockage/bowel obstruction. This is true also for those with gallstones and ulcers. Important info, as we try to balance our health issues naturally without making ignorant decisions that may impact health negatively.

  9. says

    I use dandelion leaves in my green smoothies along with kale, parsley and beet tops, rainbow chard or whatever happens to be in season from the garden. Another wonderful post Katie. Thank you!

  10. Deliza says

    I recently had some medical issues that stressed the need for a healthier lifestyle . I love all the helpful info found here.

  11. kathy says

    Do you have a recipe for dandelion tea? How much dandelion root, how much water, any other herbs to add for a liver cleanse? Thank you so very much.

  12. Marlene says

    I love dandy blend tea but I get such a weird brain fog after drinking it that I had to give it up! Do you think that means I have a sensitivity to an ingredient in it? Or is there a known sedative effect from one of the ingredients?

  13. Carol Macdonald says

    I learned this receipe in the Middle East where dandelion leaves and stems are part of the normal diet greens. Soak the dandelion leaves and roots for about 5 mins in water that has boiled. Drain the dandelions and repeat this twice more (dandelion is extremely bitter and this removes the bitter taste). Chop the leaves as you would with spinach. Add a little olive oil to a frying pan and saute onions and garlic until golden. Add the chopped dandelion, salt and pepper, and other seasoning you may want to try. Serve on a pita as a vegetarian sandwich.

  14. Fiona says

    I make a dandelion salve by infusing dandelion flowers (about 50) in warm olive oil for 2 days and then straining and adding bees wax. Melt together and pour into containers. Extraordinary for chapped hands and the brilliant yellow colour makes me smile.

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