The dandelion herb benefits cover a range of conditions, though many people do not consider this plant to be of much use and spend hours trying to rid it from gardens.
The leaves of the plant are packed with vitamins and minerals which can support the functions of the body. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
Benefits of dandelion include:
- Supporting liver health by encouraging toxins to leave the body and cleansing the bloodstream.
- As a diuretic, dandelion gently encourages the body to rid itself of excess water. As such, it can support the function of the kidneys, liver, and gallbladder as it removes toxins from the system. By doing this, it can reduce the symptoms of bloating that many women suffer during menstruation. This can also help to lower blood pressure when it is caused by water retention.
- Help with weight loss by aiding the liver to break down waste products and flush them out of the system. In this way, it can also be beneficial for those with cellulite.
- Antioxidant properties are another of the dandelion herb benefits
- As a digestive aid, the benefits of dandelion are evident in improved digestion and reduction of gas build-up as well as reduction in heartburn. Dandelion can calm any inflammation of the digestive system to ensure it functions well.
- Aid with anemia by keeping the blood stream clear of toxins and encouraging the well being of the organs.
- Cholesterol reducing
- Nutritional support for the elderly and pregnant women
- Studies suggest dandelion herb benefits may include anti-inflammatory properties
- Can help with skin conditions such as eczema by breaking down steroid hormones which can aggravate such disorders
- A cooled infusion of the fresh leaves and root can be used as a facial wash to soothe inflamed skin and aid healing.
- Dandelion root benefits also include use as a natural hangover cure by stimulating bile production and removing toxins from the body.
Dandelion Leaf Tea
Dandelion tea is an easy way to administer this herb. Many people will use it as a substitute for coffee, as it has a robust flavor but does not have the caffeine.
Its slightly bitter taste can take a while to get used to, but can be sweetened with honey if needed. Tea made from the dandelion root has this bitter taste, while dandelion leaf tea is much lighter. Dandelion is often blended with other herbs which have a similar effect.
Capsules and tinctures are also available, though fresh dandelion leaves can just be added to various dishes like salads for another simple method of adding it to a diet.
Dandelion Side Effects
Excess acid in the stomach may react with dandelion and cause some stomach pain. It is generally safe to use with prescription medications. Rare dandelion side effects also include diarrhea.
Anybody who has an allergy to chamomile or iodine should avoid using this herb, and anybody being treated for a gallbladder infection should not take dandelion herb.