Blowball, Lion’s Tooth, Fairy Clock
Dandelion is a herb native to Europe, also found throughout mild climates of the northern hemisphere. It is traditionally used in Chinese and Native American medicine to treat stomach and liver conditions, as well as this herbalists believe that it can aid in the treatment of many illnesses such as acne, eczema, high cholesterol, heartburn, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes and even cancer. Dandelion greens are an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin K and vitamin C.
Contain Powerful Antioxidants
The herb if full of powerful antioxidants, which could explain why this it has so many health benefits. Antioxidants help neutralise the negative effects of free radicals in the body – free radicals are a product of normal metabolism but too many can be destructive by contributing to disease development and accelerated ageing.
Dandelion contain a mass of beta-carotene, an antioxidant which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress. They’re also rich in polyphenols, which are found in highest concentration in the flower but can also be found in the roots, leaves and stems.
Supports Healthy Digestion
Traditional medicine has used dandelion to treat constipation and other symptoms of poor digestion. It is rich in a prebiotic fiber called inulin. Research shows that inulin has a strong ability to reduce constipation and increase intestinal movement.
It also supports the detoxification and cleansing of the digestive tract, especially from the effects of over consumption of fatty foods, coffee and prescription medicines.
May Promote Liver Health
A study has revealed that dandelion have a protective effect on liver tissue in the presence of toxic substances and stress, researchers attributed this finding to the content of antioxidants in dandelion.
The herb is also especially good at detoxification of the liver, restoring hydration and electrolyte balance. The root contains taraxcerin which increases the level of bile created by the gallbladder, helping to detoxify the liver more efficiently.
Dandelion’s common name comes from the French translation of lion’s tooth, “dent de lion”. Invented by a 15th century surgeon who was said to compare the shape of the petals to a lions tooth.
The first known written recorded medicinal use of dandelion dates back to the 10th Century, and it appeared in European history in the 13th Century when it was used by the Welsh
Dandelion can be eaten raw, however the bitter taste means many may prefer to take it as a supplement. The suggested dose for our European Dandelion Extract is 1-4 capsules a day, or as advised by a health practitioner.