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Dandelion Root (Tarxacum officinale)

All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH common NAME:Standard: Dandelion Root Also known as; dandelion, lion’s tooth, swine’s snout latin NAME:Taraxacum officinalePlant Family: Asteraceae/Compositae  (daisy family) PART(S) USED:Whole plant OVERVIEW:Dandelion has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine practices all over the world as a restorative tonic, edible food, and in herbal beers and wines. Dandelion grows practically everywhere, and is wild-collected in a variety of climates, even in the Himalayas up to about 12,000 feet, where it is often gathered for use in Ayurvedic medicine (the traditional healing system of India). Pharmacopeial grade dandelion leaf is composed of the dried leaves collected before flowering and the root collected in autumn or whenever its inulin content is the highest. Dandelion is a prized edible, and has been used as a gastrointestinal aid, a cleansing alterative, and a helpful poultice or compress for skin ailments. The Bella Coola from Canada made a decoction of the roots to assuage gastrointestinal challenges; the Algonquian ate the leaves for their alterative properties and also used them externally as a poultice. Additionally, the Aleut steamed leaves and applied them topically to sore throats. The Cherokee believed the root to be an alterative as well and made a tea of the plant (leaves and flowers) for calming purposes. Dandelion was used by the Iroquois as well, they made a tea of the whole plant, and also considered it be an alterative tonic In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is considered to be energetically sweet, drying, and cooling. According to TCM, dandelion is believed to clear heat from the liver and has a beneficial effect on the stomach and lungs, and it can uplift the mood and support lactation. The root was listed as official in the United States National Formulary, in the pharmacopeias of Austria and the Czech Republic, in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia, and the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia amongst others. Dandelion root's benefit to the digestive tract is seen as twofold, as it contains inulin and is also a bitter digestive tonic which tones the digestive system and stimulates the appetite. The Leaf has been used as a diuretic, choleretic, and anti-inflammatory. The root as a cholagogue, tonic, antirheumatic, bitter, alterative, mild laxative, and hepatic. PREPARATIONS:Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Place dried root in 150 ml water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 10 minutes. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:Dandelion might slow blood clotting and can cause allergic reactions. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Dandelion Root Reference: Health Canada: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/atReq.do?atid=dandelion.ju.pisse...