Benefits of Dandelion

The common name of this plant was derived from the fancied resemblance of its leaves to the teeth of a lion.(Dandelion)

A native of the Old World, it is now abundant in this country. It shows itself in the beginning of spring and continues to appear until near the close of summer. The leaves, when young, are not unpleasant to the taste, and are sometimes used as a salad. When older, they are medicinal. The U.S. Pharmacopea recognizes only the ROOT, which is by far the most efficacious part of the plant. It should be fully grown and collected fresh, as it is then most active, but the dug-up root, if dried with care, can be used in the succeeding winter. It is without smell but has a bitterish, herbaceous taste. Its active properties are yielded to water by boiling. The blossoms have been used by the Europeans for wine, and the seeds are eaten extensively by the birds.

An old time remedy, dandelion has been much employed medicinally in Germany and is now very popular in this country. It is thought to have a specific action upon the liver. It influences the liver in both its secreting and excreting function.

The diseases to which it appears to be especially applicable are those connected with derangement of the hepatic system and of the digestive organs generally, such as torpid liver, congestion and chronic inflammation of the liver and spleen, indigestion, constipation, jaundice, dropsy and in cases of suspended or deficient biliary secretion or in dropsical affections dependent on obstruction of the abdominal viscera. It is capable of doing much good. Also useful in dyspepsia, gout, and rheumatism.

An irritable condition of the stomach and bowels and the existence of acute inflammation contraindicate its use.

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A pleasant way of taking dandelion is as a substitute for coffee. The roasted roots are ground and used as ordinary coffee, tasting much like the regular coffee. This contains most of the beneficial medicinal properties.

A decoction of the roots or leaves in white wine is very effectual in opening and cleansing obstruction in the liver, gall, and spleen diseases that arise from such as jaundice, etc. It also opens urine passages. Dandelion will give great relief in cachexy from progressive consumption.

Dandelion is the best source of vit. A and also contains a liberal supply of vit. B 1, C, and G. Vit. A is known to help to prevent and dissolve stones and gravel. It is recommended that  older people, in particular, should take it as a food to prevent! the formation of stones.

Dandelion can be chopped raw and used to top sour cream, on baked potatoes, in soups and potato salad.

Medicinally it is usually given in the form of extract or decoction; 2 oz. of the fresh root or 1 oz. of the dried, bruised, or sliced may be boiled with 1 pt. water down to 1/2 pt. or 2 fl. oz. of the preparation taken twice or 3 times daily.

Aromatics may be added if there is a tendency to griping or” flatulence.

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