Most gardeners know dandelion as a noxious weed, getting in the way of prettier, more delicate plants. And while it’s true dandelion is not of Nature’s prettiest creations, it is a fierce fighter in the battle to stay healthy.
Dandelion For Liver And Kidneys
One of the derivations of the plant’s name is the similarity the vicious looking leaf bears to lion’s teeth, and in a number of countries dandelion is called lion’s tooth!
But it’s only when your liver starts to play up, most people come to appreciate the true value of dandelion. In herbal medicine the principal function of dandelion is to care for the liver.
It does this by promoting the formation of bile and by removing excess water from the body in cases of severe water retention resulting from liver problems.
While influencing the liver, dandelion purifies the blood thereby assisting with conditions such as acne, itchy, scaly rashes and eczema. Long-established herbal practice had advocated the daily ingestion of fresh dandelion as a “spring-cleaning” agent for the body.
Dandelion is one of the best sources of potassium, vital to proper kidney function and muscle tone. It makes an ideally balanced diuretic that may be safely used with great frequency whenever such an action is needed.
Fluid retention, due to heart problems, can also be countered with dandelion. The herb contains several supportive substances such as choline which will help cope with cholesterol distribution and is useful as a slimming device, diuretic and laxative.
How To Use Dandelion Herb?
If you suffer from chronic skin disorders, mix 20g dandelion, 20g sweet violet, 15g stinging nettle, 10g red clover, 10g burdock, 10g calendula, 5g rosemary; infuse one teaspoon of the mixture in a cup of boiling water, allow the mixture to cool before drinking. Perform this ritual three times a day – morning, noon and night.
If you suffer from liver disorders, mix 25g dandelion, 25g sweet violet, 25g knotgrass, 25g agrimony, 25g shepherd purse, 25g chicory; take four cups daily with a quarter glass of white wine with each cup.