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Dandelion Leaf (organic)



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Product Description

Botanical Name: Taraxacum officinale

Plant Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family)

Botanical Description:
Dandelion, scientifically known as Taraxacum officinale, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia but naturalized throughout North America and other parts of the world. It belongs to the Asteraceae family, which also includes sunflowers and daisies. Dandelion typically grows in rosettes with long, toothed leaves that form a basal cluster close to the ground. The plant produces hollow, leafless stems topped with bright yellow composite flowers that resemble miniature suns. After flowering, the flowers give way to spherical seed heads composed of numerous tiny seeds attached to fluffy parachutes, which are easily dispersed by the wind. Dandelion is known for its deep taproot, which can extend several feet into the ground and is rich in nutrients.

Dandelion has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine, culinary arts, and folklore. It has been valued for its potential health benefits and nutritional value and has been used as a medicinal herb, food source, and natural dye for centuries. It is commonly consumed as a leafy green vegetable, herbal tea, or dietary supplement.

Leafy Greens: Dandelion leaves can be harvested and used as a nutritious leafy green vegetable in salads, stir-fries, soups, and stews. The young leaves are tender and mild in flavour, while the older leaves are more bitter and robust.
Tea or Infusion: Prepare dandelion leaf or root tea by steeping dried dandelion leaves or roots in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Strain the infusion and drink it as a refreshing herbal tea that may support liver health, aid digestion and promote fluid balance. Dandelion tea may be consumed regularly as part of a balanced diet and lifestyle.
Tincture: Prepare a dandelion tincture by macerating dried dandelion leaves or roots in alcohol (such as vodka or brandy) for several weeks. Strain the tincture and store it in a dark glass bottle. Take dandelion tincture orally by diluting it in water or juice according to the dosage instructions provided on the product label or by a qualified herbalist.
Capsules or Tablets: Dandelion supplements are available in capsule or tablet form for convenient consumption. Follow the dosage recommendations provided on the product label or consult with a healthcare practitioner for personalised guidance.

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