Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale)
Dandelions, or Taraxacum officinale, are a blooming plant found in Europe, Asia, and North America. Traditional uses included anything from improving digestion to treating the liver. To treat pain, some Native American tribes chewed the dandelion root, while others boiled the leaves and used them topically to soothe sore throats.
This plant includes potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and choline, as well as vitamins and antioxidants including silymarin, silibinin, curcumin, berberine, and resveratrol.
Muscle pains, lack of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint discomfort, dermatitis, and bruising are all treated with dandelion root. It also acts as a laxative, increasing bowel motions by increasing urine output.
Dandelion is used by some people to treat infections, including viral infections and cancer. It's also used as a toner for the skin, a blood tonic, and a digestive tonic.
It has been proven to be effective in the prevention and treatment of cancers such as liver cancer, leukemia, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, esophageal cancer, and prostate cancer in a number of studies.
Dandelion root also has antibacterial and antiviral properties that can boost the immune system and fight bacterial infections. Dandelion also includes calcium, which helps to keep bones and teeth strong by forming the structure of the bones and teeth.
Finally, they are high in inulin, a form of soluble fiber that can help keep blood sugar levels stable and guard against a variety of digestive problems like constipation, stomach aches, hemorrhoids, GERD, and stomach ulcers.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!