Dandelion Root, a Potent Medicine

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) gets a bad rap because it’s classified as a weed. But dandelion has long been used as an herbal medicine to enhance digestion and stimulate appetite. In Traditional Chinese and Native American Medicine, the root of this plant is also used to relieve stomach and liver conditions.

The entire dandelion plant, from its sturdy taproot to its bright yellow blossom, is edible. The root has a mildly bitter, chicory-like flavor, which is why it is sometimes used to make a caffeine-free coffee alternative. When brewed or juiced, dandelion root can be used to detoxify the liver as well.

Dried or fresh dandelion root can be used to make tinctures, infusions and poultices. It is also available as an extract and supplement in many health food stores. Read more…

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