Dandelion greens are a member of one of the largest planet families, one that also includes daisies, sunflowers, and thistles.
Time to put the "dandelions are annoying weeds" thoughts to rest. Its roots, sap and leaves are powerful ways to help heal the body, ranging from improving liver function to combating skin conditions such as eczema (1). In fact, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, "Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn and upset stomach." (2)
So many people can't wait to get rid of them once they start growing on their lawn, since dandelions are often seen as unwelcome weeds. Some of you may also recall the Rolling Stones song named "Dandelion" that came out during the summer of 1967. It was possibly the last time that dandelion was truly put into the spotlight, but new hope has now emerged that could very well make it the most wanted weed around.
The dandelion is a common plant with a widespread distribution throughout the world. Perhaps that in itself is a hint from Mother Nature that everyone could benefit from the use of this plant. It was first mentioned by Arabian physicians in the 10th and 11th centuries, when it was referred to as Taraxacum, derived from the Greek “taraxos” meaning disorder and the “akos” meaning remedy.
Synonyms: Blow Ball, Common Dandelion, Fairy Clock, Huang Hua Di Ding (Yellow Flower Earth Nail), Lion's Tooth, Lion's Teeth, Mongoloid Dandelion, Pee in the Bed, Pu Gong Ying, Pu Gung Ying, Pu Kung Ying, Puff Ball, Taraxacum Leaf
Genus species: Taraxacum officinale, Taraxacum mongolicum, Taraxacum sinicum, Leontodon taraxacum
Type: Perennial herb
Part Used: Aerial parts