The Dandelion (taraxacum officinale) is known by many as a troublesome weed. It can be found in bloom almost all throughout the year. Every part of the dandelion is used for either food or medicinal purposes. The leaves and crowns are used for salads and cooked greens. The flower part can be eaten and is used to make wine. The white, milky sap of the dandelion has been used to remove pimples, calluses, sores, and soothes bee stings and blisters.
The root of the dandelion is a blood and kidney cleaner and tonic, as well as a diuretic. The root can also be used as a general cleansing stimulant for the liver. If the root is dried and roasted, it can be ground up and used as an alternative to coffee. Some say it is hard to tell the difference between real coffee and dandelion coffee. The leaves can be dried and combined with the dried root to make a bitter tea.
The dandelion is good for the health of the bladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach and intestines. It is recommended for stressed-out, internally sluggish, and sedentary people. Just about anyone could benefit from having a daily cup of dandelion tea. If you are a victim of excessive fat, white flour, and concentrated sweeteners you could benefit from the tea.