Dandelion is probably the most known herb in the world. It is said to have originated in Western Europe and in the Mediterranean.
Dandelion comes under the category of a bitter herb. It is believed that the bitter principles stimulate the initial phase of digestion, this involves the release of salivary and gastric juices. It is also involved in stimulating the release of bile from the liver and gallbladder.
The medicinal properties of the dandelion herb are numerous, however American herbalists use this herb primarily for its blood purifying abilities and diuretic effects. Dandelion is known to cleanse the blood and increase bile production and is often given for anemia, jaundice, arthritis, rheumatism and other toxic conditions.
The leaves contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon.
The substances eudesmanolide and ermacranolide are the active constituents in Dandelion and are unique to this plant. This plant produces a mild diuretic effect and reduces serum cholesterol levels. Dandelion root is used to improve appetite, minor digestive problems, and works as a milk laxative.
Some modern naturopathic veterinarans and physicians believe that it can help detoxify the liver and gallbladder. Clinical trials have shown Dandelion to be effective in treating pneumonia, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. It also helps with kidney function, pancreas, spleen, stomach, osteoporosis, abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, cirrhosis of the liver, fluid retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism and warts. Dandelion may even aid in prevention of fungus infections, and external and internal malignant growths. It is also used to treat skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis, and arthritis conditions.
Yes, you may harvest and use the dandelion that grows in your yard however, ONLY if you have not used any chemical pesticides or fertilizers on where they are growing or the surrounding areas.