Dandelion (Pu Gong Ying)
Botanical Name: Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion is probably one of the richest herbal sources of Vitamin K which aids bone mass and helps treat Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain. Dandelion is an excellent general tonic for blood, skin, and digestive support.
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Also Known As: Blowball, Cankerwart, Dent-de-Lion (Lion’s Tooth), Irish Daisy, Priest’s Crown, Piss-a-Bed
Organs/Systems: Digestion, Liver, Skin, Muscles
Key Actions: Stomachic, Aperient, Laxative, Blood Tonic, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Diuretic, Hepatic, Cholagogue, Lithotriptic, Antibacterial, Fungicide, Astringent, Sedative
Medicinal Uses: Loss of appetite, intestinal gas, bloating, stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea, gallstones, joint and muscle aches and pains, edema, acne, eczema, anxiety, diabetes, neurological function, Alzheimer’s, bladder stones, urinary function, hypertension, blood sugar regulation, liver and kidney function, tones the skin, aids eyesight, and is an exceptionally nutritious food.
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Liver, Stomach, Kidneys
Key Actions: Clears Heat, Relieves Toxicity, Reduces Abscesses, Dissipates Nodules, Promotes Lactation, Resolves Damp Heat. Used internally and externally.
Medicinal Uses: Painful urination, jaundice, detoxification, poor appetite, headaches, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, acne, eczema, diabetes, poor lactation, kidney stones, bladder stones, heartburn, brain function, blood cleanser, lowers blood pressure, blood sugar regulation, poor circulation, treatment of red, swollen, painful eyes, particularly helpful in dissipation of hard, firm nodules and breast and intestinal abscesses.
Believed to have originated in Central Asia, it is now found in many places all over the world.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Leaf, Flowering Top, Root
Flavors/Temps: Bitter, Sweet, Cold
Caution: Considered safe.
Key Constituents: Bitter crystalline compound Taraxacin. Polysaccharides, Polyphenols, Chicoric acid, Chlorogenic acid, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Choline, Boron, Silicon and Magnesium. Rich in Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine, Niacin, Vitamins E, K, and C, Fresh dandelion contains about 338% of daily-recommended Vitamin A and is an unusually high source of Potassium. The roots also contain Inulin (not insulin!) and Levulin.
History/Folklore: Dandelions are thought to have evolved about 30 million years ago in Eurasia and have been used by humans for psychic properties, food, and healing for much of recorded history.
Dandelions are a well-known food source. The flower petals, along with other ingredients like citrus, are used to make dandelion wine or can be added to cakes, salads or fried in butter. The young buds are high in protein. The ground, roasted roots can be used as a caffeine-free dandelion coffee. Dandelion was also used to make the traditional British soft drink of dandelion and burdock (LINK). Dandelion is one of the ingredients of root beer. Also, dandelion flowers and greens were once Victorian era delicacies eaten by the gentry, mostly in salads and sandwiches.
In gardens, dandelions create drainage channels in compacted soils, helping to restore mineral health to abused soils and prevent erosion. They tend to thrive in poor soil that is fairly acidic and low in calcium and compacted. Dandelions also aerate the soil and attract earthworms. Dandelion taproots will bring up nutrients for shallow-rooting plants, and add minerals and nitrogen to soil. Dandelion is also known to attract pollinating insects and release ethylene gas that helps fruit to ripen.
Dandelions also have famous healing properties. Culpeper says, “It is of an opening and cleansing quality.” First mentioned in China in the Tang Materia Medica of the 7th century. It was also recommended to restore health by the Arabian physician, Avicenna in the 11th century, who is attributed with first calling it dandelion. According to the Doctrine of Signatures (like treats like) dandelions are “signed” in yellow to cure diseases of yellow hues (i.e. jaundice). In the Catholic tradition, the plant is sacred to St. Bridget.
The homeopathic remedy SBL Taraxacum Mother Tincture is prepared from dandelion. The drug is extracted from the plant just before the flowers bloom.
Dandelion’s psychic properties include being able to repel witches if gathered on Midsummer’s Eve. It is also said to increase a person’s psychic abilities and can be used as a divination tool in tea.
Dandelions were once believed to have the ability to indicate time and direction. It was said that one could tell time by the number of breaths it took to blow the seeds from the stem. It has been called the “rustic oracle,” as its flowers open about 5 am and close at 8 pm, serving as a clock for shepherds in the field. It can also hint at weather conditions, as the flowers fold up when the sky is cloudy. Blowing on the seeds will tell you where your lover waits for you by the direction the seeds blow.
While all parts of the dandelion plant are nutritious and medicinal and have similar properties, here’s a shout-out as to why you might want to choose one part of the plant over another. The roots are favored for reducing “bad” (LDL) cholesterol, supporting brain function, and balancing metabolism. The leaves are favored for supporting eye health, decreasing water weight, bloating, and promoting weight loss. The flowers can especially help ease stomach cramping, reduce pain from backaches and headaches, and help to improve night vision. The milky sap that comes from the stems is said to nourish lambs and calves.
“Dent de Lion”
Many similar plants in the Asteraceae family have yellow flowers that are sometimes known as “False Dandelions.” Dandelions are very similar to cat’s ears (Hypochaeris). Both plants carry similar flowers, which form into windborne seeds. However, dandelion flowers are borne singly on unbranched, hairless and leafless, hollow stems, while cat’s ear flowering stems are branched, solid, and carry bracts. Both plants have a basal rosette of leaves and a central taproot. However, the leaves of dandelions are smooth or glabrous, whereas those of cat’s ears are coarsely hairy.
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