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Dandelion Herb

Updated: October 23, 2015 4:00 am

Dandelion is a common plant of sunflower family. Dandelions have been used as food for centuries. They make healthy hot greens for the daily leafy vegetable, as you cook spinach or you can even add them to your salad.

This flowering plant is used in herbal medicines very effectively by many cultures. The smooth, straight, hollow flower stalk rises from the centre of the rosette of leaves. The dandelion bears a bright yellow flower that soon becomes a feathery ball of seeds which are blown far and wide by the wind. The meaning of Dandelion in French is Lion’s tooth. The name in Telugu Simahadanti too reflects the same meaning and is referred to the jagged irregular leaves of the plant. In Hindi it is known as Sinhaparni.

  • Dandelion greens have more vitamin A than almost any other vegetable. Vitamin A helps in fighting cancers of epithelial tissue, including mouth and lung.
  • They are also high in potassium which makes uncultivated greens bitter to taste. Potassium rich in foods, particularly in balance with magnesium helps keep blood pressure under control and reduces risks of strokes.
  • Dandelion greens are an effective liver cleanser and are valuable in helping the flow of the bile.
  • Dandelion tea is an excellent drink for helping the liver and gall bladder and also in cases of rheumatism or gout. The greens stimulate the glands.
  • Besides cleansing the liver the body will be relieved of many toxic conditions that indicate eczema skin, rashes etc.


  • In a research the extract of the dandelion root is found to have inhibited the growth of carcinoma cells in particular tumour after one week of administration. It is used in many cancer and anti-plaque preparations.
  • Dandelion flowers prevent boils, skin infections, tuberculosis and oedema. The juice of the stalk is applied to remove warts.
  • Several compounds which make dandelions bitter may partly be responsible for the dandelions tonic effects on digestion, liver, spleen, and gall bladder and are highly anti fungal.
  • Everyone can benefit some nutritional value by eating dandelion green or drinking them regularly.
  • When stomach is irritated and where active treatment would be injurious, the decoction of dandelion is administered three times a day will often prove a valuable remedy. It effectively increases appetite and promotes digestion.
  • There are many testimonials from those who have benefited from the use of dandelions in the treatment of what ailed them.


Tender, fresh, young green leaves that are still attached to a portion of the root are likely to be succulent. When leaves are separated from the base they wilt rapidly. Seed stems are an indication of age and toughness. Age and damage is also indicated by wilted, flabby, yellow or tough leaves. Avoid dandelions that show excessive dirt or insect damage.

If you suffer from any health problem, kindly seek the advice of your physician before using any of the dandelion products or above given dandelion remedies.

By Nibhanapudi Suguna

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