Taraxacum also known as Lion’s Tooth is full of Medicinal Benefits. Some might not know this about the lawn lover’s pesky weeds. Dandelion’s have been used for thousands of years. The Dandelion has over 60 species that all have similar healing properties. Taraxacum is derived from the Greek words “taraxos” meaning “disorder” and “akos” meaning remedy. The word dandelion originated also by the Greek word “leontodon” or “Lion’s Teeth”. which is thought to be related to the tooth like shape of the leaf.
Medicinal use of the dandelion was first recorded in writing in the Tang Materia Medica 659 BC. It was also noted by the Arabian Physician’s in the 10th. century. In the 13th century is was being used in Welsh Medicine. Dandelion has been used all over the world ever since.
In the United States many Native American Tribes considered dandelion to be a great gift and a prized possession. It was used as a gastrointestinal aid, to cleanse and often for a healing compress. Native American’s used it by making tea from the leaves and flowers to heal sore throats. The Cherokee chewed the root for tooth pain and the Iroquois used the whole plant for pain as well.
Traditional Chinese Medicine says dandelion clears heat from the liver and has great effects on your lungs and stomach. It also uplifts your mood soothes emotions, nervousness and irritation , For women it promotes lactation for new mother’s and balances your menstrual cycle.
Young dandelion leaves are great for salads or steamed while the older more mature leaves may become bitter. There are many other great Medicinal Benefits in Dandelion’s which include..
Weight loss, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, bone health,fights cancer, fights anemia, cleans kidney’s, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure,lowers blood sugar, cleans liver, mood enhancer, natural laxative, natural diuretic, rich in antioxidants, promotes healthy skin, treats arthritis, treats eczema and psoriasis.