Taraxacum officinale

Other Names
 Common Dandelion, Lion's Tooth, Priest's Crown, Pu Gong Ying, Swine's  Snout, Dent de Lion.

Edible Uses

The Dandelion is very nutritious, having more vitamins and minerals than most vegetables, very high in vitamins A and C, with more beta carotine than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach, not to mention healthy doses of iron and copper for good measure. It has a long history of use as a food in many countries. The young leaves are less bitter, and flowers are eaten raw in salads, all leaves also cooked or boiled as a pot herb, flowers are often dipped in batter and fried, dried and roasted roots are used as a coffee substitute. Herbal wine is made from fermented flowers said by some to be very flavorful and medicinal.

Dandelion coffee is made by grinding roasted roots, and makes a nice substitute for regular coffee, but without the caffeine. People who can't tolerate much coffee can drink as much as they please and reap the health benefits without any side-effects. For the sweets lover, ground root mixed with warm milk and a little sweetener makes a very tasty and nutritious creamy beverage with few calories.

Medicinal Uses

The plant was somewhat of a panicia (cure for everything). New scientific evidence exists to substanciate the use of Dandilion for just about everything. Research is reveling that the plants many constituents including Taraxacin,  Taraxacoside, Inulin, Phenolic acids, Sesquiterpene lactones, Triterpenes, Coumarins, Catortenoids and Minerals, mainly Potassium and calcium, are very valuable in curing a number of disorders and illnesses. Traditionally used as a tonic and blood purifier, for constipation, inflammatory skin conditions, joint pain, eczema and liver dysfunction, including liver conditions such as hepatitis and jaundice. An infusion of the root encourages the steady elimination of toxins from the body. It is a powerful diuretic but does not deplete the body of potassium like many diuretics.

The whole plant is used as a medicinal herb internally and externally, having such medicinal qualities as aperient, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, hepatic, laxative, stomachic, tonic. Being used for the treatment of gall bladder, kidney and urinary disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, hypoglysemia, dyspepsia with constipation, oedema associated with high blood pressure and heart weakness, chronic joint and skin complaints, gout, eczema and acne. As a tonic dandelion strengthens the kidneys. Applied externally the fresh juice is will fight bacteria and help heal wounds. Externally, the white sap from the stems or roots can be applied directly to ease the pain of sores and bee stings, and is useful in the elimination of warts, acne, and calluses.

The plant has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of taphococcus aureus, pneumococci, meningococci, Bacillus dysenteriae, B. typhi, C. diphtheriae, proteus. The latex contained in the plant sap can be used to remove corns and warts.

Dandelion tea is considered very safe and effective as a general tonic that helps strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and intestines, improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis. Dandelion tea also helps to dissipate gallstones and are believed to improve kidney function, thereby improving overall health and clearing skin problems. Or for discomforts associated with an overly sedentary lifestyle, such as constipation, digestive disorders, indigestion, and general sluggishness and fatigue. Just one cup per day will yield noticeable results within the first few months. Tea may also be of benefit for many of the problems associated with diabetes and low blood sugar.

Dandelion Root Cancer Treatment

The powder made from dryed dandelion root has something in it that builds up the blood and the immune system. As long as the immune system is healthy, you don't usually have a cancer problem. When your immune system gets run down, it loses control of the cancer cells, and they start eating live cells and this is what they call cancer. When the immune system is built up so far, it gets back control of cancer cells, and they start cleaning up the mess they've made. This is why you must have a fair appetite because your body must build itself up and be healthy if your immune system is going to be strong.

This will not work for people that have lost their appetite or are on CHEMO. It is also not a cure for skin cancer and it hasn't had any luck with brain tumors. Doctors try to blast the cancer out of your body with Chemo or radiation. By doing so, it destroys your immune system and appetite. These are the most important things your body needs to beat cancer. Operations also knock the immune system haywire. This is why so many people that have operations for cancer find that a short time later it has spread somewhere else.

Start digging them up when some of the roots are 1 inch in diameter. Shake off the bulk of the dirt and slice lengthwise the bigger roots to about 1/4 inch so they will dry evenly. To dry them you can use a forced-air incubator without any water in it set at 100 degrees, or a dehydrator set around 100 degrees. If it doesn't have settings, don't use it. You can also dry in the sun if you put them in something the wind can blow through, like a small potato or onion sack. Hang them in the sun but take them down in late afternoon and put in a plastic sack and tie it. If you don't they will pick up moisture and you will be back where you started. Then put them out the next day when the sun is up. Once you have heat in the house, it's no trouble as they will dry OK most anywhere there is heat, like near a stove. The excess dirt will pop off as they dry.

When you break a root and it snaps it is ready to powder. When you make powder, try not to lose anything. Pound the roots flat, then put in an electric coffee grinder for 25 seconds and you have powder. You can also keep pounding and crumbling until you have it the right fineness. You can also use a pestle and mortar. With this you can get it down as fine as you wish.

To store, put in an air-tight jar, fill as near to the top as possible, and keep in a dry place. It can be kept up to 10 months this way.

Take a little over one half teaspoon once a day at any time and mix it with water, orange juice, etc. Do not use in soft drinks, liquor, or anything hot. When mixed, use it all. Don't let it stand around.After taking it three or four days, you may feel good, but nothing else. That is because your blood is building up. When your blood is happy, you're happy. In most cases, this will build your immune system in from three days to three weeks to the point it takes back control of cancer cells and thus the cancer stops spreading. If you have bone cancer in the spine, it will take three months to work. This is not an overnight cure. It took a while to get in that condition and it will take a while to heal. When your body has had enough, you know by getting heart burn or stomach aches or something. Then back off some. It can also means your cancer is under control and you don't need as much.

The biggest enemy for this root is Chemo. The stronger the Chemo, the less chance the powder has as Chemo tears your immune system and appetite down, two of the most important things you need to cure cancer. There is only a ten percent chance Chemo will cure you. With no chemo and dandylion root, your chances are 75 to 80%, but you must take it every day. This is food, not a drug. It shouldn't interfere with other medicine.

Going back to not washing the roots and leaving a little soil on them, it is for your own good. A good bit of immunity comes from the soil, it starts as soon as you're born. Your fingers touch something, and you put them in your mouth. A little dirt at first, and more as you grow older and start crawling. Then everything you touch goes in the mouth. When children go outside to play and when they come in, they are the dirtiest around the mouth and hand. The hands go in the mouths no matter how dirty they are. Many diseases and bacteria live in the ground, but they don't seem to cause any trouble and it does build up the immune system. Some animals can't live if they can't eat a certain amount of soil.

The dandelion root powder you can buy at a Health Food Store is not made the same way. It is not known to help cancer.

Dandelion root powder also builds up the blood so you heal much faster. You will also find you probably won't catch a cold while you are taking it full strength.

Medicinal Tea: 2 oz. of the dried herb or root in 1 quart of water, boiled for 30 min. take in ½ cup doses every 3 hours for stomach, kidney, gallbladder, and liver problems. Used as spring tonic.

Other Uses

When placed in a paper bag with unripe fruit, the flowers and leaves release ethylene gas ripening the fruit quickly. A liquid plant food is made from the root and leaves. A dark red dye is obtained from the root. A cosmetic skin lotion is made from the appendages at the base of the leaf blades, distilled in water, used to clear the skin and is effective in fading freckles.


Dandelion is a very easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils. It becomes quite large when cultivated, the leaves reaching a foot or more in length. Dandelion is often cultivated as an edible salad crop and as a medicinal herb plant. The seed is at the base of the white fluffy crown that appears when the yellow flower matures. These little seeds do not grow until the next spring. When you collect the seeds, put them in the fridge for a couple of weeks, so they think they have gone through a winter. This way the seed will grow the same year you collect them. Work up the land where you are going to plant them, spread the seeds on top of the ground, rake them in very lightly and water them.

When they grow a bit, transplant them about 6 inches apart in rows 18 to 20 inches apart. Be very careful not to damage the taproot. Transplant the seedlings before they start to send up flower heads, as when they start blooming it takes the energy away from making roots. It's a good thing to pick the buds off for the first couple of months. Just keep the weeds and grass out of them. Water if they really need it.

It is found growing naturally in pastures, lawns, waste ground, sand, rocks, even cracks in concrete. From a thick, long, tap root, dark brown outside, white and milky white inside, grow long jaggedly toothed leaves, shiny, dark to light green and growing in the shape of a rosette close to the ground. A purplish flower-stalk rises straight from the center, it is leafless, smooth, hollow and bears a single bright golden yellow, furry looking flower. When mature the small seed is attached to a round fuzzy sail, carried by the wind. Gather edible leaves and flowers anytime, roots in spring. Dry for later medicinal herb use.