Herb of the Month October 2017

Taraxacum officinale
Dandelion

Characteristics

• Native from northern hemisphere introduced by the early settlers
• Classified as a weed in this country
• Look for toothed leaves (lions tooth)
• Tap root
• One flower head per stalk
• Seeds spread by wind
• Germinates readily

Food as medicine

• Leaves are edible and have a bitter taste
• Leaves are more diuretic
• Flowers can be added to salads
• Dried roots can be mixed with chicory & or coffee to make a refreshing drink
• Roots have more of cholagogue action