Sold in half-ounce increments, this Taraxacum officinale is grown chemical free, harvested before blossoms pop up and carefully dried using passive techniques (wood stove and the use of a solar dehydrator), then chopped fine for your use.
Dandelion has long been used by many, both in North America and Europe. Its often considered to be a superfood.
Mountain Rose Herbs writes:
“Medicinal use of dandelion was first recorded in writing in the Tang Materia Medica (659 B.C.E.),6 and then later noted by Arab physicians in the 10th century. In the 13th century, it was mentioned in Welsh medicine, and has been used all over the world since. The root was enjoyed by pharmacists in Europe as a fresh juice (said to be less bitter tasting) and referred to by its pharmaceutical name Succus Taraxaci. Young dandelion leaves were traditionally eaten frequently in Europe, particularly France.2 In folk medicine all over Europe it was considered a reliable tonic which supported the digestive and urinary systems.3
In the United States, various Native American tribes considered dandelion to be a prized edible, a gastrointestinal aid, a cleansing alterative, and a helpful healing poultice or compress. The Bella Coola from Canada made a decoction of the roots to assuage stomach pain; the Algonquian ate the leaves for their alterative properties and also used them externally as a poultice.7 Additionally, the Aleut steamed leaves and applied them topically to sore throats. The Cherokee believed the root to be an alterative as well and made a tea of the plant (leaves and flowers) to calm the nerves. Further, they chewed the root to allay tooth pain.8 It is interesting to note that dandelion was used for pain relief by the Iroquois as well. They made a tea of the whole plant administering it for this purpose and also considered it be an alterative tonic.7 In the southwestern U.S., in Spanish speaking communities practicing herbalism, dandelion called ‘chicoria’ or ‘diente de leon’ was also considered a reliable blood purifier.”
Whether used for medicinal purposes or just used as a bright, soothing addition to your tea, dandelion is a welcome, pleasant addition.
As always, consult your physician if you have any concerns about using any herb, tincture, soap or salve.