- It is also known as 'wet the bed' in France, alluding to its diuretic action.
Part used: The root and the leaves are used
- Keep them in your mouth for a while before swallowing
- They are often used separately as the root has more effects on the liver and gut whilst the leaves are used mainly for their mild diuretic effect
- Name: Taraxacum officinale.
Commonly known as dandelion
- Chemically speaking, different bitters may have slightly different structures but they all share the bitter action on the digestive system, and they all taste bitter! The best way to take bitters is to ensure that you actually taste them
- Chronic kidney stone formers will benefit from the diuretic effect.
Finally, because dandelion has the effect of stimulating liver, kidneys and gut, it is a great detoxifying herb and may therefore be a useful part in any illness where a detox may be beneficial
- However, Swiss Herbal Remedies dandelion tincture is a mixture of the 2, giving you the extract of the whole herb.
What is dandelion used for? Dandelion is one of the oldest known medicines and has been used worlwide since he dawn of time.
Dandelion as a bitter - The word bitter refers to substances found in some herbs that have the ability to stimulate digestion
- If you have trouble digesting fats, dandelion can help.
Dandelion as a diuretic: Dandelion leaves have been shown to have a diuretic effect in many studies
- The interesting thing is that dandelion has loads of potassium as well, unlike drug diuretics that can drain this mineral and lead to heart problems
- Dandelion will therefore help to relieve oedema and fluid build up, swollen ankles etc and can be used anywhere the orthodox 'water tablets' (diuretics) are used
- It is also great for just general weight loss and detox purposes.
- They stimulate the taste buds and that causes messages to be sent back into the brain and thence down to the gut, firing it up
- The reason for this is that bitters work by a reflex action
- Dandelion as a liver herb - Dandelion stimulates the flow of bile
- Bile is produced to break up fats into small, digestible particles so that they can be efficiently digested and absorbed
- It can be very useful for the treatment of pre-menstrual fluid retention
Triterpenes, carotenoids, flavonoids and phytosterols are found in the leaf. In the root are found bitter principles, inulin and phytosterols.
An important feature regarding the constituents of dandelion is that the herb is full of vitamins and minerals. It is an excellent nutrient source and is indeed used as a salad vegetable. Dandelion contains appreciable quantities of Vitamin A, vitamin D, B complex, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, and phosphorus.
Do not take dandelion if you have a gallstone stuck (impacted) in the bile duct.
Take 20 drops of Swiss Herbal Remedies dandelion tincture, three times daily, before meals. Mix with a little water.
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