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Saturday, 15 June 2013

The humble dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

The humble dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, uprooted by gardeners, is one of the plants most commonly used by Herbalists!

Taraxacum officinale (dandelion)

Research supports the use of the leaves as a diuretic. This effect has been used to reduce high blood pressure, but, whereas conventional diuretics can cause potassium loss, with associated side effects, this does not occur with dandelion as the leaves are rich in this mineral.

The root has been used by Herbalists throughout history as a digestive aid, to help constipation and to improve some joint and skin conditions. Studies increasingly support this use.

Dandelion is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D and minerals, including potassium, iron, copper, calcium and zinc

Taraxacum officinale (dandelion)

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