Dandelion: Health Benefits
A Prolific Powerhouse
Popping up in the most inhospitable crevices and overtaking unattended lawns Dandelion is a powerhouse of nutrients, with each part from the root to the flower having a potential health benefit.
Dandelion: a history
Dandelion is native to Europe, but it is also found throughout the mild climates of the Northern Hemisphere. Historically, ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used dandelions as food and medicine. In Traditional Chinese Medicine dandelion also has many healthful applications and has been used for millennia. History suggests dandelions were carried to North America on the Mayflower as a medicinal herb. Today, dandelion is still used in Mexican and other North American medicinal practices.
Dandelion’s etymology originates from the French name “dent-de-lion,” referencing the leaves’ lion’s-tooth shape. Common in culinary applications, you can find dandelion leaves used as salad greens or in soups, brewed in wine using the aerial parts while the dried roots can be made into teas and coffee substitutes.
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DANDELION IN PRACTICE
In Western Herbal Medicine, herbs and botanicals are separated into countless categories representing a specific action or purpose. For detoxification support, practitioners turn to alterative, choleretic and hepatoprotective herbs. Dandelion root would be considered a choleretic herb which are said to increase detoxification via bile production and outward flow. Herbal traditions also hold that liquid squeezed from the Dandelion stem can also be used topically as a skin toner.
Whether you are seeking to support your body with detox herbs or to enjoy a savory cup of Mushroom Hero, dandelions and their roots are functional ingredients here to help. Next time you see a plethora of dandelions cropping up in your yard, consider viewing them a useful friend and not a weed to be plucked.
Dandelion Detox is a sophisticated mash-up of traditional Chinese slimming teas and detox herb tea blends from Western herbalism. Dandelion root is an herb that is traditionally known to support detoxification. Cinnamon energizes the blend, while a hint of citrus provides quenching replenishment to restore balance.
A balanced combination of tangy berries, sweet roots and aromatic herbs infused with the vitality of ginseng. Burdock and dandelion roots add nutty accents and are known in traditional herbology to have a cleansing and recharging energy. This adaptogenic blend has an intriguing aromatic depth and refreshing raspberry mint finish.
Don your cape and prepare for this powerful blend of reishi and maitake mushrooms, rich cocoa nibs and detoxifying roots. In East Asian herbal medicine traditions, reishi mushroom is known as a powerful adaptogen that alleviates stress and promotes vitality for the whole body.