Medicinal dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, description, the use of leaves, roots and dandelion juice for the treatment of diseases.

Medicinal dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is the most common and well-known species from the genus Dandelion. It can be found almost everywhere near housing, in meadows and glades, in the forest and along the banks of water bodies.. 

Medicinal dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, description, the use of leaves, roots and dandelion juice for the treatment of diseases.

Dandelion blooms in March May, and bears fruit from late May to July. For therapeutic purposes, the roots, leaves and juice of this plant are used, which have a choleretic, antipyretic, laxative, expectorant, soothing, antispasmodic and mild hypnotic effect. Fresh leaves and leaf juice are recommended for the treatment of atherosclerosis, skin diseases, vitamin deficiency C, anemia, intoxication and poisoning..

Young leaves and dandelion roots are used for food. Milk juice of dandelion officinalis contains taraxacin and taraxacerin, rubber substances. Dandelion leaves are taraxanthin, flavoxanthin, vitamins C, A, B2, E, PP, choline, saponins, resins, the bitter glycoside taraxacerin, salts of manganese, iron, calcium, phosphorus and a little protein. The roots contain a significant amount of inulin, fructose, a little sucrose and glucose.

Medicinal dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, description, the use of leaves, roots and dandelion juice for the treatment of diseases.
vitamin remedy.

Decoction 2 tablespoons (20 g) of leaves per 0.5 l. water. Pour cold water, bring to a boil and boil over low heat for 20 minutes, cool and strain. For colds.

Recipes of decoction, infusion and coffee drink from dandelion roots.

Dried dandelion roots are used to enhance the excretion of harmful substances from the body with sweat and urine, as an anti-sclerotic agent, for gout, rheumatism, and are used as bitterness to stimulate appetite, with constipation and as a choleretic agent.

Proportions Cooking method Application
Decoction 3 tablespoons (30 g) of roots per 1 liter. water. Pour boiling water and cook for 15 minutes, cool and strain. 100 g 3 times a day before meals in the absence of appetite, insomnia, gastritis with low acidity, with jaundice, as a means of enhancing the activity of the pancreas.
Infusion 1 teaspoon (5 g) of roots per 0.2 l. water Pour boiling water and insist in heat for 2 hours, strain. Take 50 g. 3 4 times a day before meals with anemia and vitamin deficiency.
Powder Dry roots Grind to powder. Take 0.5 teaspoon 3 times a day as a laxative.
Coffee substitute The cooking method is described in detail on this page..

Using Dandelion Juice.

Dandelion juice has a tonic and firming effect, to obtain it, the whole plant (May June) is soaked in salted cold water for 30 minutes in order to reduce the bitter taste, then it is dried, ground and a small amount of water is added. Take 1 tablespoon 3-4 times daily before meals.

Contraindications when using dandelion for medicinal purposes.

When taken in large quantities, dandelion can cause vomiting and diarrhea. It is contraindicated with a tendency to diarrhea, it is not recommended to take it in acute conditions with blockage of the biliary tract, with peptic ulcer and gastritis. In addition, the dandelion absorbs and accumulates in itself the lead from the exhaust gases of automobile engines, which makes plants collected along roads with heavy automobile traffic unfit for human consumption and medicinal use..

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