Dandelion is a hardy perennial herb with therapeutic properties. The flower stems of this plant grow up to a height of 30 cm. The sharply-toothed leaves form flat rosettes on the ground. The fleshy hollow stem carries a single bright yellow flower.
Dandelion contains almost as much iron as spinach, four times the vitamin A content of lettuce and is a very rich source of magnesium, potassium, vitamin C. calcium and sodium. It consists of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, sodium, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin A and C.
Botanical Name- Taraxacum officinale
Indian Name- Kukraundha or Kanphool
Below are some of the medicinal properties of dandelion:
- It benefits both liver and gall bladder in their vital role of handling fats within the body and aiding the detoxifying role of the liver. It is, therefore, useful in the disorders of these organs. Combined with the juice of watercress and with a diet without meat or much sugar and starch, it helps to make the liver and the gall bladder normal, and exercises a beneficial effect upon the nervous system. Sufferers from hepatitis can generally benefit from dandelion tea.
- The readily available organic magnesium in dandelion makes the juice of the leaves, with or without the roots, valuable for all bone disorders. It is often mixed with juices of the leaves of carrots and turnips for treating these disorders.
- The tea made from the buds, flowers, fresh leaves or even blanched leaves of dandelion, can be very useful in cases of urinary disorders.
- It is also useful in the treatment of warts. The milk from the cut end of dandelion should be put on the wart twice or thrice a day.
- It can be used as a general body tonic for its influence in supporting waste functions of bowels, bladder and skin, which are the hard-working eliminating organs of our body.