Dandelion Leaf Can Purify Your Blood and Body Organs

By Joy Mary

The first line of a little known song asks the question, “How many dandelions this year will grow?” Indeed, in some parts of the North America hills are yellow with dandelion flowers in the spring. Most are either ignored or poisoned as a nuisance.  If we had known what this article will reveal, we might have gathered them instead of treating them as a curse.

The name dandelion comes from the French phrase ‘dent de lion,’ meaning ‘lion’s tooth.’ This refers to the jagged-edged leaves of this weed. The fancier scientific name is Taraxacum officinale. Unlike calendula (marigold) which is not the same annual flower found in American gardens, dandelion the herb is exactly what you think of growing in your yard or on a hillside. What makes this common weed so great?

All the dandelion plant is useful. The roots can be eaten as vegetables or roasted and ground to make a type of root “coffee.” A quick look through the internet reveals the flowers are used to make wine, in cooking (dandelion flower cookies?), a syrup, jam, and an oil to rub on sore joints. But the leaves have the most diverse list of uses.

First, dandelion leaf is an excellent source of sodium, iron, vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and especially calcium. Dandelion might have been one of the “bitter herbs” mentioned in the Bible. The leaves add bitter flavoring to salads or can be cooked like spinach. The best leaves are those bright green ones that appear before the dandelion flowers in the spring.

One of dandelion leaf’s greatest claims to fame is its ability to purify the blood and body organs. It is a wonderful liver cleaner and increases the output of the liver, the flow of bile into the intestines and the activity of the pancreas and spleen. This makes it a great treatment for hepatitis, yellow jaundice, and other liver related problems. By purifying the blood, it helps with some types of anemia. The acids in the blood that build up with weight loss are destroyed by dandelion. It also helps with low blood pressure, and builds energy and endurance.

Dandelion is good for female organs. It enriches breast milk in nursing mothers and this, in turn, benefits both mother and child. It is good for women both before, during, and after pregnancy. Women suffering from premenstrual syndrome may find that the diuretic action of dandelion helps relieve some of the symptoms. In short, dandelion is safe and healthy for men, woman, children, and even animals.

Dandelion flowers are an excellent source of lecithin, a nutrient that elevates the brain’s acetylcholine. As a result, it may help retard or stop regression of mental ability caused by Alzheimer’s disease. Lecithin also helps the body maintain good liver function as mentioned before. Dandelion also opens the urinary passages as part of its cleansing work.

Native Americans used it to treat kidney disease, indigestion, and heartburn. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses dandelion to treat upper respiratory tract infections, including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Dandelion leaves and flowers are best when freshly picked. If this is not possible, the leaves can be refrigerated up to five days when wrapped in a plastic bag. Be sure to wash the leaves thoroughly before using. Leaves may also be frozen for longer periods of time. You can also dry the flowers and leaves yourself and store them in a dark, dry, and cool place. Use them in the bath to treat yeast infections, or to make your own Dandelion Tea (steep about 1 tablespoon of dried leaves in 1 cup hot water). Dandelion may also be purchased in capsules, tinctures, and powdered form.

Dandelion is generally regarded as safe, but some people report allergic or asthmatic reaction to this herb, especially those with allergies to ragweed or daisies. Traditionally dandelion is not recommended for patients with liver or gallbladder disease but some feel this advice is erroneous.

There are more benefits of cut dandelion leaf to be discovered. Visit More Than Alive, an online store for bulk herbs and a trusted resource where you can get cut dandelion leaf and cut dandelion root and learn about the great advantages your body will receive from this and many other herbs.

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13 Responses

  1. peter quansah Says:

    Am Ghanaian base in Ghana and want to more about DANDELION LEAF. Hope to hear from soon thanks

  2. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Peter,

    Thanks for writing. Glad to hear from you. I started back flying to Germany about once a week in November 2009, about eight and a half hours over and ten hours for the return flight (with six hours time zone change), and I work back the next morning after I arrive. That keeps me pretty busy. I look for dandelions wherever I go in the world and usually find plenty. Do you have many where you live? I am a German-language qualified flight attendant and one day would love to fly to Ghana. Dandelions have many nicknames. What do you call dandelions where you live?

    What exactly would you like to learn about the dandelion leaf? I like to eat dandelions on a daily basis. This afternoon I ate a slice of dandelion bread I made with the blossoms and stems, and for breakfast enjoyed some leaves, roots, and crowns I chopped up in cereal.

    Sorry it took me so long to answer! Hope you are doing well, and I would like to know what you would like to learn most about the dandelion leaf.


  3. que Says:

    i am told ur tea can stp swelling testicals is this true

  4. Ruth Says:

    Thanks for writing, Quinton. Does anybody know? Ruth

  5. Max Says:

    Hey! so my friend needs to detox in one day and i was wondering if drnking this tea once would do that for her. If it will please let me know!! thank you so much!

  6. Ruth Says:

    Hey, Max! I’m so glad to hear from you! Thank you for asking about the well-documented detox properties of drinking dandelion tea, which many people prize for detoxification. A beauty about healthy dandelion detoxing is its potassium-sparing properties – a remarkable asset, and it provides valuable vitamins and minerals. I would love to hear her results! Ruth

  7. Rebeka Yun Says:

    Hi Ruth, I’m glad that I found your website, it’s very helpful about dandelions, I used to hate them alot because they’are always in the front yard. But recently I learned about them, I love very much, I pick them and eat, I used it before but it was dried so couldn’t tell how they look like, so now no more spray, never knew weeds and plants I have are medicines to help me stay healthy.
    Thanks, Rebeka Yun

  8. Ruth Says:

    Hi Rebeka,
    I am so happy to hear from you and love what you wrote!
    A wild, beautiful way to stay healthy!
    Your friend Ruth

  9. Matt Says:

    I just made a tea from dandelions in my backyard and it helped my stomack feel better! thank you very much for the info!

  10. nguyen vu Says:

    Dear Ruth,

    I just started taking 3 capsules of dandelion leaf per day and also taking 2 cups of dandelion root tea per day about 7 days ago. I have been bloating from water during PMS and ovulation and now also in the pre- menopausal stage. I can honestly say I have been so depressed with all the bloating especially on my face and the puffiness around my eyes area. This dandelion herb is a Miracle, the puffiness around my eyes are 80% reduced and the bloating is very well controlled, I am beyond happy!!! I want every women who have suffered through this to know that this is really AMAZING.

    I do have 1 question for you, I do notice some tingling sensations with my nerves, I read up and some have mentioned that I might be getting TOO MUCH potassium, probably from the dandelion root tea, because each bag says it contains 1500mg, and one should only be taking around 4000 mg per day maximum. Could you please verify and advise me if I should continue at the same amount or cut back??? Currently I am taking 3 dandelion leaf capsules at 150 mg each, total 450 mg, and 2 dandelion tea bag at 1500 mg each, total 3000 mg. This puts my total at 3450 mg without adding any food.

    Thank you so much for your time and help, I really look forward to hearing from you, you are helping many of us out there, all our appreciations.

    nguyen vu

  11. emmanuel Says:

    i blend dendelion and keep it in a refridgerator. what i do with it is that i take it every evening after work.

    is it advisable to keep the blended substance in the fridge for about two weeks and if not then for how long?

  12. Jessica Says:

    I just made some fresh dandelion leaf tea from the garden with dried raspberry leaf added. Wow that helped me so much. I like it better that way than eating the leaves in a salad. I’d like to know more about the flowers, and curious about dandelion bread.

  13. Laura Says:

    Hi Ruth, I was wondering if you knew if there is lecithin in dandelion tea? I know there is some in the flowers, but would you be getting lecithin if you just drank dandelion tea? Also, which is more beneficial, capsules or tea? Thanks!

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