Herb of the Day – Dandelion Leaf – Fluid Retention be gone, Old Piddlybeds!


Dandelion Leaf (Botanical Name: Taraxacum officinale) has many many picturesque names….priest’s crown, Irish daisy, monk’s head, blowball and lion’s tooth.

Dandelion was first mentioned in Western medicine in 1485 in the “Ortus Sanitatis”, although an oriental version of the herb had been used in China since the 7th century. This herb is extremely good at increasing urination, hence the French name, “pissenlit” and Old English, “piddlybeds”.

Dandelion leaf is now very common in European medicine. Although it is a diuretic, as its leaves contain so much potassium, it helps to compensate for potassium lost with increased urination. Dandelion leaf is also very good at easing bloating, which is reason enough to enjoy it!

Benefits:

  1. Extremely rich in potassium
  2. Tonic action on the liver
  3. Gentle laxative
  4. Good for fluid retention
  5. Good for combating pre-eclampsia
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