This long established and common plant can be found all over the world and is a part of several long established medical systems. Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Western Herbalism all attribute this plant with various attributes. Here at Indigo Herbs we have incorporated Dandelion into Dandelion Leaf Cut Tea and Dandelion Tincture so that all may enjoy all the benefits that this botanical ingredient can bring.
Dandelion was first mentioned in Chinese herbals as late as the 7th century. It was also used by the Arabian physicians of the 10th and 11th centuries and in Europe it first appears in the Ortus Sanitatis of 1485. In the West, the root and leaves are distinct remedies while the Chinese use the whole plant which they call Pu Gong Ying and is used as a galactagogue (an agent that induces the flow of breast milk). Dandelion's common name was apparently invented by a 15th century surgeon, who compared the shape of the leaves to a lion's tooth, or dens lionis. As a food, Dandelion is still used today to supplement salads and is known for its very high nutritional and vitamin content. The roots are also utilised as a substitute for coffee whilst the flowers can be made into wine.
In the temperate regions of Asia, North America and Europe this plant can be commonly found between cracks in the pavement and in the lawns of frustrated gardeners. Reaching a height of no more than 12 inches, having long deeply serrated leaves and bright yellow or white blooms, the common Dandelion is a wonder that has hundreds of different species in its genus. Thought of nothing but a pest this plant can utilised to bring a bounty of vitamins and purification to your daily diet.