Leaves and roots.
Dandelion is high in vitamins (especially the B group) and minerals, giving it a tonic effect on the body. It also contains bitter elements, which stimulate the liver and digestive system, is useful for constipation and has a diuretic effect.
Dandelion has been used for centuries to treat conditions such as constipation, water retention, iron deficiency anemia, rheumatism, liver, gallbladder and kidney problems. Dandelion is known to be a blood purifier, a tonic for the pancreas, spleen, kidneys and stomach as well as during pregnancy. It is also thought to reduce cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and can be used a digestive aid.
Dandelion leaves are often eaten in salads and the roots can be used as a coffee substitute. A decoction 4 – 10 gm dried leaf to 250 ml water or 5 – 10 ml of fresh leaf juice will help to stimulate the appetite and have a diuretic effect. Use other extracts according to label instructions.
* Avoid dandelion if you have gallstones or stomach ulcers.
* Some people may have an allergic reaction to dandelion.