Dandelion (Taraxcum officinalis) has been used for hundreds of years by herbalists.Â All parts have herbal healing properties.
The leaves and root are used as a powerful diuretic, and the juice of the stem is used to treat warts.
Health Benefits of Dandelion Root
Dandelion Root is filled with essential vitamins and minerals for your body. It provides Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. Dandelion root also contains zinc, iron and potassium. Vitamins A, B complex and C are important for good heart health.
Dandelion root is an herbal bitter, and therefore used as a liver tonic. It helps to cleanse the bile ducts, and promote healthy digestion. The root is one of the most detoxifying herbs. It works principally on the liver and gallbladder to promote removal of waste products. It encourages steady elimination of toxins due to infection or pollution. It is also used by herbalists to prevent gall stones.
It is beneficial for many conditions including constipation. Dandelion is considered a gentle laxative, and can be used to encourage a bowel movement. It is usually added with other laxative herbs, depending on the severity of the patient.
Due to it’s detoxifying properties, Dandelion root is useful for skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Using a tincture, or salve made with dandelion can help both skin conditions. Drink a cup of dandelion root tea to help promote cleansing from the inside as well.
Research conducted in 1974 confirmed the roots and the leaves are a powerful diuretic natural diuretic. This can help clean out the kidneys and promote proper kidney function. Due to it’s potassium content, dandelion is a good choice for a diuretic. OTC diuretics deplete potassium out of the body, and can be harmful.
Dandelion root is used by herbalists to detoxify the body. It helps to detoxify the whole body. In 1999, a study in Japan, showed that dandelion could be used as an anti- cancer agent.