11 Health Benefits of Dandelion Leaves and Dandelion Root

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What's better than a plant that gives wishes when you puff its fluff? A plant that provides health benefits! Dandelion is an excellent food and medicine!

Dandelion is most often thought of as a pesky weed that likes to take over our lawns and gardens. They overwhelm meadows, soccer fields, and are the bane of golf courses. They even pop up in cracked sidewalks and pavement. Dandelion is invasive and pervasive. Lucky for us, it's also an excellent food and herbal medicine that anyone can find, grow, and put to use.

Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It's a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. Dandelion also contains protein, more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.

If you collect them wild, try to choose ones you know have not been subjected to pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. The ones in your lawn are not usually the best. Pick them instead from a mountain meadow or abandoned lot. Seeds can be bought or you can gather them from the familiar puff balls you see each summer. Seeds grow readily in your garden, planter boxes, or pots. Dandelion leaves can also be found fresh in some health food markets or as a freeze-dried herb. Dandelion tea, capsules, and tinctures are also available.

Digestive Aid

Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion, especially of fats.


This weed-like superfood is a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water by increasing urine production. In French it is called pissenlit, which translates roughly to “wet the bed.” This inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system too. Dandelion also replaces some of the potassium lost in the process.


Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance. It also increases the release of bile.


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Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. It is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A as beta-carotene and increases the liver's production of superoxide dismutase.



The ability to combat cancer is not a claim made lightly, but dandelion seems to show promise in study after study after study. Dandelion may slow cancer's growth and prevent it from spreading. The leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer.


Recent animal studies show dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Most of this is done through its ability to control lipid levels.

High Blood Pressure

As a diuretic, dandelion increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fiber and potassium in dandelion also help regulate blood pressure.


Animal studies have shown how dandelion lowers and controls cholesterol levels while improving cholesterol ratios by raising HDL.


Dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation to help with gallbladder problems and blockages.


Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.

Immune System

Studies also show that dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi.

Dandelion leaves, flowers, and roots are all edible. They have a slightly bitter flavor that can be minimized by harvesting them in the fall or spring. The young leaves are tenderer and less bitter, making a great addition to raw salads. Cooking dandelion cuts the bitter flavor of both the leaves and the roots.

Dandelion is generally considered safe in food and medicinal levels. Some people may have allergic reactions to dandelion. Anyone with an allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, or daisy should avoid dandelion, and anyone pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs should talk to a health care professional before adding something new to their diet.

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  • I purchased a book called the puppp cleanse from a site pupppcleanse.com. The book mentioned Dandelion Root as one of the treatments for the pupps rash. I am not sure how much Dandelion Root contributed to my rash clearing up, but know it help. This is some good stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  • Since root dandelion produces bile and I don't have a gall bladder anymore is it no good to take it

  • Is there any known negative side effect of drinking dandelion tea every day? Or should I only be using in for like a 7 day cleanse every month?

  • I had used Dandelion root capsules (550 mg) every day to get rid of excess water as I worked out. It shed a lot of my weight over the course of a year wherewhich was more than a hundred pounds. However, I was set back with a ( hopefully unrelated ) medical emergency and was in the e.r. when the doctor ran a blood test. I was nearly arrested for having dangerous levels of "opium" in my blood. I don't use drugs. The doctor let me provide the proof that it was my dandelion root and all is well today. This brings me to ask how long it says in the blood as I am soon expecting to be drug tested for a new job ?

  • Hi,
    Thanks for the useful information!
    I have pancrea and liver cyst.
    May I know if dandelion can help?

  • please can dandelion be added to any fruits to reduce its bitterness. eg. Pinapple juice and still get its health benefits?

  • Hi There,

    Well in old Ireland and I have used it many times being Irish. The stem milk is used to get rid of warts and if you rub the leaf after getting a sting of a nettle it cures you instantly. It was just a normal thing you spit on the leaf rub it on the area you have got stung.

    Warm Irish Wishes,

  • I have RA and am Curious whether Dandelion Root Green Tea Will affect the RA in any Negative way? Thanks!

    • In reply to Joel Dundas's comment

      I have RA too and it seems to help. You know what else really helps? A change in diet. Remicade free for 4 years after making some changes. Check out: www.drmcdougall.com. It seems RA is caused by Leaky Gut syndrome and candida. Large proteins enter the blood stream through tears in the stomach lining, confusing the immune system which attacks animal food proteins, then your own joints. Go Vegan (boring) but it helps.

    • In reply to Joel Dundas's comment

      I have RA too and it seems to help. You know what else really helps? A change in diet. Remicade free for 4 years after making some changes. Check out: www.drmcdougall.com. It seems RA is caused by Leaky Gut syndrome and candida. Large proteins enter the blood stream through tears in the stomach lining, confusing the immune system which attacks animal food proteins, then your own joints. Go Vegan (boring) but it helps.

  • can you please tell us how to prepare roots, to make tea or coffee thank you

  • I have a history of kidney stones caused by oxalates. Do you happen to know if dandelion tea is high in oxalates? Thanks in advance for any information you can provide!

  • How can dandelion root be used topically to address inflammation? (Specifically the scalp)

  • hi!please I'd like to know if dandelion can be used to treat Pelvic Inflammatory Diseases?

  • Hi i have been chopping up roots and roasting them for coffee it smells amazing and tastes great. What is more effective tea or coffee?

  • I was suffering not too long ago from some horrid foot cramps when I flexed my toes (the toes would lock in distorted positions). Also I suffered from hot flashes, night sweats, and borderline to low iron levels. Since I started taking dandelion root 2 capsules /day I have suffered no more. Also my fingernails went from constantly breaking/chipping/peeling and wouldn't grow to now being thick and healthy looking. I even started my daughter on one capsule, sometimes daily, to help her as well.
    Will the dandelion leaves help with hair growth?
    Also if I get ginger & turmeric pills at 300mg, how often can I take them?
    How much coconut oil can I take a day?

    • In reply to Fran's comment

      It sounds like you might have a thyroid problem. Probably hypothyroidism.. Go get a hormonal profile test!

    • Moderator

      In reply to Fran's comment

      Many things can influence hair growth. Protein is important, along with many other vitamins and minerals. A balanced diet will help more than anything. I take ginger and turmeric daily. I also take a tablespoon of coconut oil a day.

  • Hey

    Is dandelion root tea beneficial if I am only drinking one cup a day? I drink green tea in the morning and drink a cup of dandelion in the afternoon. Just curious if I should increase to two cups or if one will still be beneficial.


  • Hi Charlie: thank you for the impressive and educative article. I learned a lot from it and also from the feed backs of other readers. My question is: do you happen to know any herb or natural supplements that can help with post menopause syndromes, majorly insomnia? Thanks again. Nancy.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Nancy Lee's comment

      Thank you, Nancy. There are many herbs and supplements that can help with post menopausal symptoms, like red clover, flax, black cohosh, wild yam, and dong quai. If you are really interested in something for insomnia, I'd look at chamomile, passion flower, melatonin, saint john's wort, or valerian root.

  • My wife has swelling in her legs associated with her SLE Lupus. She has been trying a mild water pill for about a week with great success, but I don't think this is a long term solution. Is dandelion a good option and are there other safe supplement options you would recommend?

    • Moderator

      In reply to James's comment

      Work with her doctor, but I do believe dandelion tea would be a beneficial way for her to hydrate and avoid swelling. She may also want to look at other anti-inflammatory teas like ginger and chamomile.

  • Hi everyone ,i am glade that i found this article, this weekend i wend to do my shopping as usual and i saw Dandelion and i was wondering what is it good for , so as curious i am i bought it without knowing anything about it. when i found your article about dandelion i felt so relieved . so i have a quick question if someone can help me , so my father is diagnosed being in the last stage of renal impairment so we are trying everything we can to help him with herbs and healthy medicine tho help his kidneys to get better do please is there anything you can help me with . any advice any suggestion as long as it's herbs because he doctor is not allowing him to take anymore medicine . please anyone can guide me . your help is very much appreciated thanks you

    • In reply to kahina's comment

      Nettle is excellent for kidney repair...research this herbal tea for consideration...


    • Moderator

      In reply to kahina's comment

      Dandelion is worth a shot, especially if the doctor is advising you try herbs rather than medicine at this point. I suggest you use it as tea, to be gentler on him. Ginger, turmeric, coconut oil, and other natural anti-inflammatories may be helpful too. Make sure his doctor knows what natural herbs you are trying. Good luck to you.

    • Charlie well say., i find turmeric is super products., even Doctors., believes it help to reduces cancers and healings is surprises to all., my friend suppose to have three months., andrena cancer spreads to all., lungs.throats.stomach.,livers.,and much to the doctors surprised., suppose to go to heaven., jan this year.,but till now., my friend ask doctors., is it the works of chemo., but doctors say., no.,you are one in millions didnt died till now., the honour., iget from., is the Doctors say., with immediate effect., all cancer patient before chemo., must take turmeric withinone month., thisis from Adelaine., australia.,

  • What do you think is the best form to take dandelion? Tea, capsule, drops...?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Robin's comment

      Whatever form works for you and your life. I prefer tea and capsules, but that's just because my taste buds don't like the bitter drops. :)

    • I was told by an herbalist not to sweeten the "bitter herbs" When the brain sends signals something nasty is coming in that is part of the trigger for the "detox" effect. Like it is saying to the liver get to work and get this out of here. So now I do not mind the bitter taste as I know it helps make things work together.

  • please sir can l drink dandelion and garlic plus warm lime juice in the morning before meals ?

  • Sir,
    Can I take dandelion to reduce weight, as I'm very overweight. But I'm already taking parsley tea, so can the two be taken together for fast reduction. Also I'm taking maintenance doze of depression and coz of DAT my weight is 120 kg. Kindly guide me, as I'm not even married. Plz help out.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Swati d's comment

      Dandelion may be helpful for weight loss, but there is a lot more to weight loss than one supplement. I think you should talk to a nutritionist and a fitness trainer if possible. It will take changes in the way you eat, stress reduction, and exercise to meet your goals. I wish you all the best. You can do this!

  • I just found your article. I'm a total believer in the dandelion. For the past few months, I have been detoxing with iodine, selenium, along with other minerals. Everything was going great until a couple of weeks ago. I developed a pain in my lower right abdomen. It would get so bad even my shirt rubbing against the skin would hurt. I wanted to try something natural before I went to the doctor (I know that's not recommended but it's what I do personally). After a week of drinking 3-4 cups of dandelion tea a day, the pain was gone! I'm very grateful. Currently, I'm planning on making my own dandelion tea as well as incorporating the plant in to meals.

    • In reply to Holly's comment

      Thanks Holly! I am having pain where the liver is and have started making dandelion root tea (3 days now) and was wondering how long it may take to get rid of the pain so it's good to now it took you a week. (I do understand everyone is different.)

    • Moderator

      In reply to Holly's comment

      I tend to avoid doctors too. Shhhh! Sometimes it's the right choice for me, but sometimes it isn't, like when I broke my ankle and hiked ten miles on it the next day. :) Ouch! I'm very glad dandelion is doing good things for you.

  • Why was my post deleted and my question not answered?

  • My son was placed on dandelion extract by a natural path. He has a very sensitive stomach, so much he is on a feeding tube. He also has mitral and tricuspid moderate regurgitation in his heart. He is 2.5 and we were told to give one drop orally before a meal. As I read the bottle it t says 40 percent brandy. Is this safe for a child?

  • Hello, I have an artificial heart valve and take warfrin. Also take meds for acid reflux. Is it safe to drink Dandelion root tea

    • Moderator

      In reply to cathy's comment

      No, Cathy, you should not drink dandelion tea without talking to your doctor. Dandelion is rich in vitamin K, which can interfere with warfarin. You would need to be testing your levels with your doctor to be certain you were staying safe and healthy.

    • thank you for the answer , I to am on warfarin and was diagnosed with lung cancer, I completed the radiation treatments, but still have 3 more chemo treatments, which afterwards they want to give me the pill they gave president carter for his brain tumor, I was in real hopes of finding something more natural and less aggressive on my system


  • Does tea or supplement work better...

  • i was told by a doctor that there is something growing in my colon he said its very small but should be cut out ...that means cutting out a peice of my colon THAT IS DRIVING ME CRAZY can dandelion help me to get rid of this pulp in my colon not sure yet if its canserous

  • I am a pancreatic patient since last 10 years and now it is under control with the help of homeopathy treatment. During clinical investigations there is no such irregularities observed in the Pancreas. But it occurs occasionally if I stop homeopathy medicines and the amylase, Lipase level comes beyond normal limits and severe pain develops. During ultra-sonography there is inflammation of Pancreas as a result severe abdominal pain develops. Can I consume the product of dandelion root to get relief from Pancreatitis as I got information from website that dandelion root is very much effective for such pancreatic disease. I need your valuable sugessions.

    With regards.
    Sagar De Choudhury, Age 22 yrs.

    • In reply to SAGAR's comment

      Hi SAGAR,

      I am a pancreatic patient since September of 2015. I am interested in what homeopathic treatment you have been doing. It is encouraging that you are a 10 year survivor!


    • Moderator

      In reply to SAGAR's comment

      I'd say it is probably worth a try, Sagar, but start slow and see how it interacts with your other supplements and medicines and work with your doctor as you do so. It is supposed to be supportive of pancreatic function. Other anti-inflammatory herbs may be helpful too, like ginger and turmeric. I wish you luck!

  • my mother in law has been detected with stage 2 breast cancer and is being treated by chemotherapy. can dandelion roots be helpful.. how can i get them to treat her?

    • Moderator

      In reply to priyanka's comment

      There are many herbs that can be helpful at this moment, but you have to be very careful with chemotherapy as they can affect the treatment in a myriad of ways. You want to work closely with your doctor while exploring the aid of herbs. Turmeric, ginger, dandelion, and many more may be helpful under close supervision.

  • I was diagnosed with an immune disorder called lichen planus - vaginal. I also have psoriasis, a small p patch on my hand and I have had both knees replaced due to arthritis. I was told immune disorders come in threes. I have gone wheat free and gluten free in my diet and eat lots of greens and very few foods with sugar. What are my benefits of taking dandelion for the lichen planus. It is very painful and the most my physician can do is prescribe steroid cream for it, which I am choosing not to take. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    • In reply to Jeanette's comment

      I have this problem as well .. and i started using a baby diaper cream called Sudocream... which is rich in Zinc Oxide which helps heal all skin conditions. Apply it 3 times a day for a few days.. u will see the difference..All the best.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Jeanette's comment

      Dandelion and other anti-inflammatory foods may be helpful. I would also suggest coconut oil (both internally and externally), ginger, turmeric, and a good probiotic too as those can sometimes help with autoimmune disorders. Do what exercise you can handle and try to eat healthy. I wish you luck!

  • Will the roasted dandelion root still be beneficial to my dog if I tear open a tea bag of roasted dandelion root and use the contents to mix in with my dogs flaxseed oil and cottage cheese mixture? Or will the contents of the tea bag only work if liquid is added? Please, also include any info you know of about giving my dog both the dandelion root and milk thistle at same time. Plus how much dandelion root and how much milk thistle? I sincerely appreciate any help with this.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Kristen's comment

      I'm not the best when it comes to judging dogs' needs, Kristen. I think you might be better off making the dandelion tea and putting that in your dog's water bowl, but you could use a little dandelion, from a supplement or from a tea bag, in with food. A teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight each day would be fine. I did find someone with a good breakdown of milk thistle dosages here: http://www.canine-epilepsy-guardian-angels.com/milk_thistle.htm Both are well tolerated by dogs. Good luck!

  • My mom has a lot of dandelion weeds in her yard that I plucked and am planning on using. I have washed them thoroughly and hope they will be okay to use. I'm wondering if you have any recipes you'd recommend.

    I have had commercial organic tea with dandelion in it. A detox tea. Can I make my own tea with these leaves and stems? I didn't save the roots. If so, how?

    I also found a recipe for a crust less quiche that looks good. Some of the leaves are larger and a bit bitter, though I am not one to shy away from anything green.

    Also, I have had recurring bladder and vaginal ph issues lately. Will dandelion be beneficial? Also, does it help with PMS?

    Thank you! Have enjoyed your witty responses

    • Dandelion can be very helpful with cramps/bloating associated with PMS. I've never noticed an effect on my mood though.

    • Moderator

      In reply to heather's comment

      Good to know. Dandelion doesn't have much in the way of phytoestrogens. Red clover may have an effect, but dandelion wouldn't.

    • Moderator

      I also didn't mean to ignore your last question. Dandelion increases urine production, so it can be very good for bladder issues, but the other one has me a little stumped. Sorry.

    • Moderator

      Your yard weeds work fine as long as you haven't been getting heavy handed with pesticides. You can definitely make tea. You can steep fresh leaves and stems in hot water or you can dry them and use them in the tea bags you can fill or tea infusers. I also like dandelion in soups, eggs, and stir fries. I mince them with herbs and sprinkle them into my tomato vegetable soups, omelets, and more. In stir fry and other dishes, I use larger slices of the leaves. Fresh leaves work well in salads too. You can also eat it like spinach, steamed with some lemon and coconut butter, but I've never been much of a fan of even spinach like that. Popeye would be so disappointed in me. Hope that helps. I also have no clue where you think I have been witty. I pride myself on always being straight forward and professional. ;)

    • soak your greens in apple cider vinegar it kills germs and makes any fresh fruit vegie last way longer in your refrigerator without wilting or rotting

    • Moderator

      In reply to DEB COEMAN's comment

      Thank you, Deb!

  • Hi, I loved this(your) post about Dandelions! But, I am writing for my beloved Aussie Shepherd, Johnny. 3 weeks ago he was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and when I got him to the Vet, he could barely walk and his gums were blue. My Vet put him on Lasix 50mg and 3 times a day and told me that he may, have a couple of months to live, if I were lucky!
    I researched for hours and days on ways to save my best friend and discovered Dandelion, which by the way, my yard is covered in!
    Anyway, I have Johnny on a raw meat diet with bones, the vitamins he needs and I am working on taking him off of the Lasix, which will eventually lead to Kidney Failure. I am of course slowly replacing the lasix with All Dandelion.
    My question is, how much is too much for him? I have been giving him about 5 small fresh leaves twice a day and still have Johnny on two lasix a day, because of his cough. I bought a juicer and plan on juicing the leafs, but I don't know how many to juice? I want to juice more and not give him lasix at all, but I want to make sure that I juice enough or not too much? He weighs 65 pounds, and by the way is already doing much better and so am I from eating it too! :)
    Oh, and I am thinking on juicing 1 cup of the leafs and twice and day, but I am not sure if that is enough?
    Sincerely and thank you, Penny.

    • Moderator

      Oh, Penny, I am so happy that you've found my little article and loved it. I also love that you're using the info to help your dog through a tough time in his life. You have some great questions and I feel terrible as I'm not going to be much help. I have a dog of my own and I try to keep him healthy, but I don't really know enough to recommend dosages. I do know you can roughly use a teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight in their food, but I have no clue when it comes to juicing. Probably close to the same, a couple teaspoons in his water each day. Keep your vet informed and I wish you both the best!

    • Thank you so much for your kind reply Charlie!
      I have my dog Johnny, down to one Lasix twice a day, from three and his cough is gone, yay!
      But now, I have a question for me. Since Johnny's medical bills and the cost of Lasix has hurt me financially, I have thus, replaced veggies bought from the store, to me eating not just Dandelion, but also Burdock, Plantain and Red Cover. Do you think that is safe for me to eat them everyday?
      Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
      Sincerely, Penny.

    • Moderator

      Dandelion and burdock are pretty safe for daily eating, Penny. Plantain can have some blood thickening effects, so you shouldn't eat a ton of it if you are taking blood thinners or prone to blood clots. A few times a week should be fine and cooking it does reduce some of those effects. Red clover flowers are safe to eat fairly often. The leaves should be eaten less frequently. They tend to have a few phytoestrogens and trace amounts of cyanide. A few times a week for those should be fine too. I'd also suggest purslane. I love it in salad, soup, sauteed, or even pickled. Good luck!

  • as much as I'm an herbal medicine user and scientist I have to disagree with half of your article... Animal studies don't mean they will work with humans. That has been more than proven in the past. Dandelion is an amazing diuretic if you use the leafs. The roots have a complete different pharmaceutical effect on the body focusing on the liver. Which I should mention has nothing to do with electrolyte imbalances. As you also mentioned it's very important that all patients check with there MD, DO or ND before incorporating any herbs to their regimen.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Luis's comment

      Thank you, Luis! I actually love it when people disagree with me as it means they are using their heads. Animal studies should always be taken with a huge grain of salt and even human trials need caveats. Thank you again for reminded people to work with their healthcare professionals when trying any natural remedies. I cannot say it enough.

    • dear sir:

      it always amazes me when folks are asked to consult with their health professionals. I worked for many years with doctors and have yet to meet one who understood nutrition, let alone what is considered holistic, homeopathic, or natural. take a pill is their mantra.

    • Moderator

      In reply to tytyvyllus's comment

      It's something I always have to say, even if I agree with you.

    • Must we always go to the MD for our needs and approval? These are the guys that are just taking our money just to write down prescription that are from very little effective to killing us slowly.

    • In reply to Pengchon's comment

      I never though to go to my doctor for approval for I am the customer and I need to approve of him. it is sad, however, how little they know of herbs and plants and what they consider radical alternative treatments. when my daughter was little she was diagnosed with a uti and her pediatrician prescribed sulfa, not on my watch I said am I giving my child toxins and went to the store and bought a watermelon and steeped the seeds into a tea. when I returned he was amazed at how well the sulfa worked until I handed him back his prescription.

    • Moderator

      In reply to tytyvyllus's comment

      Good for you!

    • Moderator

      In reply to Pengchon's comment

      Sometimes an MD really does come in handy. They aren't infallible though and ultimately they work for you and they sometimes need gentle reminders of that.

  • thanks for the article. i love that the entire plant can be used. i have the leaves and flowers in my freezer. a few leaves are great in salad and a couple of flower heads with boiling water poured onto make an attractive herbal tea.

    my fav part is the root .....which i wash, chop, dry out in the oven and then put in a cafetierre with boiling water. this i pour into a cup and serve with warm coconut milk which i also make myself. i would never go back to coffee!

  • How about the stem of the flower, is it edible? If so, what are some ways it can be used?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Anthony's comment

      The stem is edible. It can be a little bitter and fibrous though. It works well in tea or you can cook it to make it more palatable. Saute it with other veggies or cut it into small pieces and add it to soups.

  • Hi ,

    Where can I get Dandelion tea, I am from Philippines, is it available here?


  • I've personally gotten amazing results with dandelion. Anyone interested in herbal remedies should definitely check out the ebook 10 super herbs that will change your life forever. You can download it for free here: tensuperherbs.com. I bought a few of the herbs from the book and my life has changed completely

  • I have a question and not a reply. Can I freeze the tea and use the cubes in morning smoothies a=with the same benefits or does freezing change any properties? Thank you

    • In reply to Shannon's comment

      It is still best to drink it pure tea. You can chill it and drink it like a cola on an empty stomach (two hours after meal or 30 min before meal). Give it time for our body to absorb the tea (15 to 30 min) before eating solid foods ( it is easy for the body to absorb liquid). I feel that's more effective way of cleansing.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Shannon's comment

      Sounds like a genius idea to me, Shannon. You shouldn't lose much in the way of benefits or nutrition.

  • hi I love your article!
    I'm a visual artist, live in miami. Please check my side. most is digital but I'm going more 3d, and involving more with the community.
    I'm working on a art installation relating dandelions, I will plant organic dandelions.
    can you please tell me where your good all this information?, can you recommended me a good book.
    I hate to sound like a crazy artist with out a reliable information. ( I can't say I read in Wikipedia.
    next to my installation I want to put book or information about this amazing "weed"

    I appreciated all the help. thank you

    • Moderator

      Thank you, Lorena. I wish you luck with your installation. I don't have any good books for you, but you can try your local library. I'm sure someone there can guide you to many books on dandelions. You can also use Google Scholar to look up articles and studies. Hope that helps.

  • Hi,

    I have chronic gastritis which causes chronic diarrhea. I also have cholesterolosis (strawberry gallbladder), and I am symptomatic.. I've been to three gastroenterologists and all of them advised against removing my gallbladder since the tiny polyps aren't large enough to develop into being malignant..

    Will drinking Dandelion Tea make loose/watery stools worse?? Will the upper right quadrant of my abdomen (near the ribs and back) have more pain, or will the tea lessen it over time?

    Thank you.....

    • Moderator

      In reply to Rick's comment

      The tea can have a laxative effect on some people, but it can also pull excess water from digestion, relieving the problem. You won't really know how it affects you until you try it. I'd also look at natural antibacterials and antiparasitics, like coconut oil, grapefruit seed, pumpkin seed, silver, ginger, turmeric, oregano, thyme, and clove. At the same time take a good probiotic. This may help with the chronic gastritis. Cholesterolosis may lessen, but this is unsure as doctors don't really know the cause. Good luck, Rick!

    • Hi Charlie,

      Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it..


  • Hi there Dandelion tea and there is Dandelion root coffee.

    can someone tell me, which is better or any difference between the 2?


    • Moderator

      In reply to Badrul's comment

      Dandelion tea is usually a mix of the root and leaf. Dandelion coffee is the roasted root. Both will have benefits, though the tea probably retains more of the benefits. It mainly comes down to your personal preferences and tastes.

  • I've been eating the greens for years early 80's and sometimes you might find the flower wine.
    I was told that the Italian dandelion are better tasting, but why? Soil and sun conditions, air from the Mediterranean?

    Who knows?

    WIshthe stores would carry the greens, fresh, I've only found them once here in 8 years.
    Canned, they have them, but not for me, forget it.

    And yes, the social media bar on the right is a real pain and can be turned off, it you can get the site tech to do it.

    Other sites have removed it after complaints.

    • In reply to Phil's comment

      My local Stop and Shop grocery store carries the Dandilion Greens.

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      In reply to Phil's comment

      Italian dandelion isn't a true dandelion, but a chicory species that has similar leaves to dandelion. That may be why they taste so much better. I wish stores would carry the greens too, Phil, but people keep treating this gem like a weed. Too bad really. I'll pass on your suggestion. We're looking at updating our website soon and that should help.

  • Are there different varieties of dandelion, and does it make a difference?

  • First, to the web designer: the vertical bar of the social media icon-links covers part of the text, unless we use the original tiny font, unreadable to many people. Not necessary since it has the horizontal icon bar for sharing.
    The best way to eat Dandelion is in a salad, bitter yes, but tasty. I can't stand lettuce, it has no taste and not great nourishment. Don't ruin it with salad dressings use a bit of organic olive oil, lemon or apple cider vinegar (unfiltered, with the "mother" in it.) and finely sliced raw organic onions (onions could be non-organic because are low in pesticides.).
    I don't advice juicing either this plant or spinach because of oxalates, a salad will keep the daily amount right and flavorful. Cecile Alexander, author

  • I ve really benefitted from this article. It opens my eyes to different ways of keeping up with our health.Am so glad I visited this site. I now have knowledge of different ways to keep our health running good. Knowledge is Power.

  • Ive been looking for a nutritional breakdown for dandelion root coffee (I wanted to add it to my diet diary in cron-o-meter), but Im not finding a proper breakdown for dandelion root (only the greens).

    Im particularly interested in its mineral content, but everything Im reading though lots of praise etc is vague (and no references).

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      In reply to Heligany's comment

      Sorry, not something I have for you either. Uncommon foods don't get nutritional breakdowns made for them very often. I would assume though that it isn't a huge source of minerals in the coffee or tea form. You are getting zero to a couple calories and very trace amounts of minerals.

  • Does dandelion help balance estrogen and progesterone levels?

    • In reply to Francesca's comment

      I would try red raspberry leaf for that

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      In reply to Janette's comment

      Great suggestion, Janette! Thank you!

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      In reply to Francesca's comment

      Dandelion can help lower estrogen when it is too high, but the foods you want to focus on depends very much on where your levels are and where you need them to be. If estrogen is low, then you need to focus on phytoestrogen foods that can raise it, like flax, soy, and legumes. If progesterone is low, you need to focus less on estrogen-rich foods and increase certain vitamins and minerals, like B, C, zinc, and magnesium. There are many herbs for each situation too. Talk to your doctor, figure out what you need, and make a plan from there.

  • My doctor did not know about dandelion; i had to inform him of the benefits I have been getting from this super food. I have consistently eaten dandelion mixed with water cress and arugula with lemon juices dressing for some time and has relieved vague pains of my abdominal areas because of fatty liver. My question is can one eat too much dandelion. I mix organic dandelion greens in my nutri-bullet with frozen fruits and raw walnuts, almond milk and water, and flavored protein powder. Dandelion is great with kale and frozen fruits too. I have learned that eating high amounts of kale is good for one’s thyroid. Is it also good to eat high amounts of Dandelion; or not?

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      In reply to Brian S's comment

      Sounds to me like you are doing it right, Brian. I suppose dandelion can be overused in pill and tincture form, but it's considered safe in food amounts. You're using it as a food in salads, smoothies, and meals with other foods, so you are totally doing what you should. Mostly people with an allergy to it need to worry. As long as you aren't having any allergic reactions, drug interactions, low blood sugar, gastrointestinal problems, or increased bleeding, you are fine. Keep in touch with your doctor and let him or her know if things change.

  • How can I buy dandelion tea and where?im here in Kuwait.

    • In reply to Stacey's comment


    • In reply to Stacey's comment

      Stacey I want to be friends so we xan share ideas together ok. Thank you

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      In reply to Stacey's comment

      Check your local health food stores, Stacey. You should find plenty in Kuwait.

    • I have consistently eaten dandelion mixed with water cress and arugula with lemon juices dessing for some time and has relieved vague pains of my abdominal areas because of my fatty liver. My question is can one eat too much dandelion. I mix organic dandelion greens in my nutri-bullet with frozen fruits almond milk and water, and flavored protein powder. Dandelion is great with kale and frozen fruits too. I've learned that eating high amounts of kale is good for one's thyroid. Is it also good to eat high amounts of Dandelion; or not?

  • question. I have been drinking this tea every day to help with my liver. I also have kidney stones due to high calcium. Is it a good idea to drink this since it has a lot of calcium? I am allowed to have cheese (which she was gonna take away, but that wasn't happenin!), but I have to watch my sodiums and animal proteins.

    • Moderator

      Dandelion is in the mid-range for oxalates, the calcium that contributes to kidney stones. It's one of those foods that contradicts itself. It is supposed to be helpful for kidney stones by increasing bile production, decreasing inflammation, and increasing urine production, but it does have a small amount of this one compound that may contribute to stone formation. It should be fine, as long as you work with your doctor and keep an eye on how it affects you.

    • Hi there- just quick to say, that I know you want to keep eating cheese but here is something to consider. Cheese really is very very bad for you as it cloggs up your arteries as it is high in cholesterol and sat fats. Also have you thought of where it comes from....

      Would you consider watch Gary Yourofsky's best ever speech on Youtube.... I think it may really open your eyes a little to what is going on ....... its quite an excellent speech and covers the whole topic of why not to eat cheese, among other related things......

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      In reply to fi's comment

      Sorry, Fi, even though I'm a huge advocate of plant-based living, I do have to tell you that cheese, especially good quality grass-fed cheese, isn't as big of a devil as it has been painted. There is no link between saturated fats and heart disease. I encourage coconut oil use and consumption for that reason. Cheese does have other issues, such as thickening of mucous and allergens, but the "artery clogging" rhetoric doesn't really fly any longer.

  • I have been recently been diagnosed of hiatus hernia,I have started drinking blended dandilion and garlic...can I continue, thank you, Jerry

  • Hello! i have a gallstones and i'm searching for other alternative ways to cleanse my gallstone since it's just a small calculi stones and i don't want to remove my gallbladder. Is it possible to drink dandelion tea for 1 month? thanks

  • this will cure uric acidic

  • i have been drinking dandelion leaf tea for almost three weeks now, about 1-1/2 cups each morning, a tablespoon steeped in very hot water for about half an hour. then i add honey. a naturopath recommended it for edema in my ankles. so far, it hasn't made any difference in the swelling and/or otherwise acted as a diuretic, but i am going to keep drinking it because it seems to have many health benefits. i drink it with a sort of health supplement (about the size of rum balls) made of slippery elm bark, trader joe's almond meal, homemade coconut pulp flour, unflavored gelatin, raw unfiltered manuka honey, raw unfiltered regular honey, ceylon cinnamon, raw sunflower seeds, raw sliced almonds, and raw blanched almonds. i made these instead of making slippery elm bark into a drink because it gets so thick. i figure the warmth of the dandelion tea will help the slippery elm bark reach its proper state in my digestive tract, do you think so? i just can't stand to drink it alone. but the dandelion leaf tea tastes good enough to drink. the naturopath also recommended the slippery elm bark, and that is why i wrangled a way to fit it into my diet.

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      In reply to Gayla's comment

      There can be many reasons for swelling, Gayla, so dandelion may not be the right choice for what's causing you edema. I'd recommend adding ginger to your tea to ease inflammation and pain. I'd also try arnica or coconut oil topically on your ankles.

  • Gday could you please tell me how i use dandelion root ground
    Thanks kindly

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      In reply to Shell's comment

      Ground dandelion root works really well as a tea. You just pour boiling water over the powder in a tea cup or mug, let it steep several minutes, add a touch of your favorite sweetener, and drink it.

  • I'm Michael Blake Abraham I found that. Dandelions_ cured me back in 2009. I told the hospital in my home town.I asked my doctors to spread the word and do there research I think I may have found a cure for cancer. LATER ON I GOOGLED IT AND FOUND THAT IT WAS ACTUALLY TRUE. Do you know if I can get any accredation. I never heard back from those doctors i told. I would love some recognition I tried it myself a number of times and everytime i try it I feel like super man. I have put a lot of input in the plant. What about me?I need some applause lol

  • can dandelion lower blood pressure

  • Can you take dandelion root supplements and licorice root. At the same time ??

  • Hi! I'm 34 weeks pregnant and two weeks ago started with an incredibly itchy rash on my belly. Turns out I have PUPPP which begins there and then spreads over your whole body. Some people get it so terribly bad, I'm so scared it's going to spread! Doctors say there is no cure and it usually clears up a few weeks after delivery. I researched online and discovered Dandelion Root works for many people in curing it. My doctor looked at me like I was crazy and handed me a prescription of Hydrocortizone. Lol. Not surprised ;). I just bought some roasted dandelion root tea. I plan to drink it three times a day. My question is roasted versus not roasted. Is there less benefit to roasted? Also, most say they used capsules...I don't swallow pills well, so I'd prefer tea. Is that just as strong?

    Also, is dandelion root tea safe for children? My daughter is 2.5 and is asking for some :)

    Thank you so much! Can't wait to show the doctors my cured belly next time I see them! ;)

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      In reply to Meaghan's comment

      Roasted usually has a more pleasant flavor, but it won't drastically affect how well it works as far as I know. How is it working for you, Meaghan? It is safe for children as long as you treat it like a food and not a medicine. Let her try a little and see if she likes it and then let her have a little on occasion, but not too often. Dandelion may cause her to wet the bed more often and hamper potty training if you let her have too much. Good luck with everything.

    • Thanks so much for replying! Drinking a cup of roasted three times a day. So far no change, but I've read that it takes a bit to work. I'll be sure to update you in a week or two :)

    • In reply to Meaghan's comment

      I hope that it helps you. I have heard of your condition and it must be miserable and with 4-6 weeks left they would be the longest. I've been drinking dandelion for a week now just for my edema flare up and it's pretty much knocked it on the head. I drink roasted dandelion and chicory instead of coffee, I am even so bold as to put cream in it and the cafe next door makes my mocha with it instead of coffee for me. Dandelion seems like an incredibly useful herb! Best wishes!

    • In reply to Shanan's comment

      nuts .com has the best dandelion root as well as other super powder s

    • In reply to Shanan's comment

      Where can you find dandelion root? I am 16 weeks post partum & breast feeding. I have the worst case of edeama in my lower legs feet & ankles. I started exercising 2weeks ago thinking that this would get rid of it. No such luck. Please help

  • can the dandelion tea bags be applied to the breast topically and still have the same effects?

  • we eat a lot of dandelion with hot dressing on it. I also drink the tea just about every day. we use it in salads also I get a lot and we clean it and cut it up and put in freezer bags and freeze it. we just had some of it today.


  • What is the effect of the dandelion plant on an elevated PSA and what effect does it have on prostate cancer?

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      In reply to Deb's comment

      As far as I know, Deb, dandelion is very beneficial for prostate health and PSA levels. There are many sites out there claiming dandelion might cure prostate cancer. I don't think I buy those, but I do think it could help. Work with your doctor as you or your loved one starts a new food or supplement and good luck to you.

  • My dog had a cancerous mass removed and a friend advised giving him dandelion root. Is there a difference between giving him a pill or the actual plant ground up

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      In reply to Pam's comment

      There isn't a huge difference between the two. If you use an actual plant, you will want to make sure it is not sprayed with pesticides. You can mix it into your dog's food, about a teaspoon per 20 pounds of your dog's weight. You can also make a dandelion tea and let your dog drink it in place of water once it has cooled. About 1/3 cup per 20 pounds weight in the case of tea. Work with your vet to make sure your dog's liver is working well and also make sure your dog has easy access to the outdoors. Dandelion is a diuretic and he or she will have to go to the bathroom more frequently. Good luck and I hope your little one feels better soon.

  • I wanted to know if dandelion tea will help you get rid of fatty liver. Thanx

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      In reply to svetlana's comment

      Dandelion tea will certainly help support liver function, but it won't do much for a fatty liver all on its own. Eating well and exercising will have to be a part of this as well. Good luck, Svetlana.

  • Hello Charlie, please I ordered for a dandelion tea bag because of my experience with constipation which makes me visit the loo only trice a week. I also drink a lot of water but when I have the urge to pass stool, it is slow in coming out, and i will need to take between 1ltr to 1.5ltr of water while in the loo for the stool to be moved (In fact I drink max of 9ltrs of water per day - 3ltrs each for morning, afternoon, and evening)... I have read a lot about side effects of conventional drugs, so I have completely avoided that root, but I want to use dieting and herbs to eliminate the constipation, which has lasted for over six months. But you mentioned that Dandelion is not good for intestinal conditions... Please can you expatiate? I tried eating carrots, apples, but these two got my feces impacted and I had to eliminate them, including rice, potatoes, meat, chicken, milk, chocolate, refined sugar - I neither drink (in fact, I have never drank) alcohol nor smoke.

    For the past one month I have been eating a lot of black eyed beans with Quaker Oats with natural honey, cooking pumpkin leave and spinach with fish (Mackerel), for fruits, I squeeze lime and oranges and drink with the bit. Although the above diets helped soften my stool a bit, I noticed I still had to stimulate myself to pass stool with water... Could it be the Oats still causing the constipation? Can you please point out which of the above diets could still be causing the constipation... Please suggest herbal remedies (preferably a tea that can act as a stool softener and a cleanser of my bowels) that I can get in the U.K. South East coast that have no side effect... I am currently studying in the UK, although I am permanently based in Nigeria. Thanks!

    • In reply to Bassey's comment

      If I were you I would definitely try the tea made from dried barks of Buckthorn (Cascara Sagrada). Upon my knowledge, this is the strongest cathartic laxative on our planet. Until know nobody managed to produce any chemical drug with such a strong laxative properties.
      Bark of Buckthorn has been used by native Americans as a laxative for centuries and its European cousin Alder Buckthorn was and still is used in Europe. I never tried it because I never had problems with constipation, but I know people who were using it with very good results. I would just try it for several weeks and see how it helps, after all it is a shrub, just one of many other gifts given to us directly from Mother Nature.

    • In reply to Zoltan's comment

      Friend had bowel movement problems and Dr told her to eat 2 kiwi fruit each morning to soften stools chefs use it on meat as enzymes tenderise the meat.

    • In reply to Bassey's comment

      you need to be bap(ed) the hospital where I worked has a long term care unit where constipation was a chronic issue. a nurse with a history of working with the elderly shared a 'treatment' that worked amazingly well. a combination of bran, applesauce, and prune juice mixed together (it has an awful look and a pleasant taste) and taken in the evening and in a few days everyone was regular again. the exact recipe can be found on line at the people' pharmacy under, I believe, nurse's pudding.

      hot water, a couple tbsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a small amount of cayenne pepper also works but it must be taken in the morning before anything else is consumed.
      and I would lay off any sweetener which tends to constipate people anyway; yes, even honey.
      good luck.

    • Moderator

      In reply to Bassey's comment

      Sounds like a real conundrum, Bassey. I'd suggest you work with a doctor to make sure you don't have any underlying illness that is contributing to your constipation and dehydration problems. I can offer some suggestions that may help though. Fiber is great, but sometimes too much can contribute to problems as you've found out. I'm a fan of softer, soluble fiber. Chia seeds are one of the best sources of that. They absorb a ton of water to keep your intestines well hydrated. Green tea, prune juice, aloe vera juice, fenugreek, and fennel all may help as well. Fenugreek and fennel can be used whole as additions to your food or as tea. You can chew on fennel seeds after a meal to help digestion and freshen breath. There are many teas on the market that are just to help soften stools and stimulate a normal bowel movement without side effects. Smooth Move is one that relies on senna. I often make my own tea for digestion with turmeric, fennel, ginger, and cinnamon. Good luck!

    • Thanks Charlie, I will look these food items up, with the aim of adding them to my diet... Cheers!

    • In reply to Bassey's comment

      Bassey, i have a friend who suffered with chronic constipation. I read somewhere of a protocol which called for grounded flax seed and kefir for 3 weeks, in the morning, on an empty stomach. By the second week he was going to the bathroom every day. Try it, it wouldnt hurt.
      Week one: half a glass of kefir with 1 tablespoon of flax seed powder.
      Week two: increase amount of kefir plus 2 tablespoons flax seed powder.
      Week three: increase kefir plus 3 tablespoons flax seed.
      This treatment is also meant to clean your entire colon. Once you finish the treatment, you may continue to do so with the amount of kefir and flax seed desired.

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      In reply to Monica's comment

      Thank you for sharing this, Monica.

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      In reply to Bassey's comment

      Always welcome, Bassey.

    • for constipation , drink dandelion tea 1/2 hour before you eat , then make sure you eat radishes , black or red, they are full of fiber , also kimchi or saurkraut, sweet potatoes also full of fiber , apples, olive oil everyday , and warm water with lemon ,stay away from sugar , and drink a lot of water , that will help you a lot , i had that problem before and now since i ve eaten that way no more problems , good luck

  • I have stage 4 kidney disease will dandelion help or is it safe to use.

    • In reply to hendy's comment

      Hi Hendy,

      I have exactly the same as you. Beside targeted therapy pills I am using the following:
      - Chinese herbs prescribed by my TCM doctor
      - Black seed oil
      - tea made from dandelion roots and leaves
      - anticancer diet - no red meat, no fatty food etc..

      I started taking black seed oil and drinking dandelion tea about 3 months ago. During these 3 months I also reduced the prescribed amount of targeted pills to 1/3. The results are beyond expectations, the size of cancer nodules have shrunk by about 40% during these 3 months. Taking 3 teaspoons of black seed oil mixed with organic honey also significantly reduces the nasty side effects of targeted therapy pills.
      During almost 2 years since they removed one of my kidneys there are no new metastases, (except the ones found 2 years ago). I am 100% positive, this is the result of Chinese herbs.

    • In reply to hendy's comment

      Hello Hendy,

      If you are on facebook, look up the group Solitarius. I know of two people on there that naturally cured themselves of stage 4 cancer. Their stories are amazing!

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      In reply to hendy's comment

      Supplements become tricky once you reach this level of illness, hendy. You will really want to talk to your doctor and make sure your potassium levels, and other electrolytes, are balanced while using dandelion. There are very few side effects, but it's still a good idea to be safe. Good luck!


  • The recommended dose is 3 capsules daily....I wanted to start with one to see hoe it will wor. Will I still get the benefits of daddelion root?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Sue's comment

      That's how I start out any new supplement, Sue. You'll still be getting some benefits while you see how you like them. :)

  • When I was a teenager I busted the inside of my mouth playing football at a neighbors. I had braces and my inner gums where badly cut up. His Mom gave me a small paper cup of home made Dandelion wine and had me swish it around in my mouth and spit it out. My gums stopped bleeding and most of the pain went away. I have since tried to make my own but never figured out how. But the result was nothing short of amazing.

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      In reply to Jim's comment

      That is very cool, Jim. I wish I'd had some when I had a similar experience with braces while skateboarding for the first time.

  • I have just tested positive for Hepatitis B, after a test my liver seems fine for now. i need a natural herb cure for it, is there any way i could prevent the virus for attacking my liver? dandelion i hear is very good,is there additional plant that i can put together to get rid of the virus.

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      In reply to Salam's comment

      You'll want to work closely with your doctor as you try natural treatments, Salam. Drink plenty of water and eat fresh, watery fruits as your hydration is important. Ginger helps protect the liver and reduces some of the nausea you will feel. Dandelion and milk thistle are both good for the liver. Turmeric is related to ginger and has some of the same benefits. Coconut oil is a natural anti-viral that may help keep the virus from damaging your liver. Good luck, Salam!

  • Does roasted dandelion root have the same health benefit (eg for liver cleansing) as does the raw unroasted root?
    Many thanks

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      In reply to Kay Rosen's comment

      Yes, Kay. There might be some denaturing of proteins, but there should still be plenty of the same benefits left in the roasted roots.

  • What the effect on people with intestinal issues

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      In reply to caswell's comment

      Dandelion can increase acid and bile production. This isn't the best thing for those suffering from ulcers or bowel obstruction. You need to use some caution when adding new foods to your diet, especially with medical conditions.

  • My Italian family has been eating dandelions for many generations, my grandparents say that danelions got them through the depression!! I am into juicing and harvest some everyday to juice I love them

  • Charlie, I have a liver cyst. I'm meeting with my GI to discuss results next week. I bought dandelion root pills & radish leaves. Are these safe to take to reduce bloating & stomach discomfort? Can you suggest anything else?

    Thank you,

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      In reply to Alan's comment

      You'll want to work closely with your doctor as you try new foods. Dandelion, milk thistle, and turmeric are three that I would try in your shoes. I'd also point you toward this article http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/liver-cleansing-foods/ for a few more foods to try. Ginger could help with some of the pain, discomfort, and bloating too. I wish you luck, Alan.

  • Ohh..amazing article.. (Y)
    I have been searching for a=some more articles...and found some of them very interesting...i would like to share those articles with you.. :)




    Hope you find them interesting.. :)

  • Which is best for fat burn? Milk thistle or dandelion? Can they both be taken? I have to take a lot of med.and I take pains and have inflammation?I also have high cholesterol.
    Thanks Dawn

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      In reply to Dawn's comment

      Neither one of these really burns fat, Dawn. They can help with weight loss as they aid detox and toxins contribute to fat storage. They are low calorie and also help digestion of fats and carbohydrates, so they can help keep weight off. They improve liver function which can help with cholesterol. I believe milk thistle has more evidence related to weight loss, but you certainly can use both. Work with your doctor to find the best fits for you. Good luck!

  • I haven't found anything online talking about differences between drinking dandelion root tea and taking a supplement. Is one better than the other? I do have dandelion root tea. It smells good, like roasted sunflower seeds, but it tastes like garbage. I was wondering if the supplement would work just as well, or even better or worse? Thanks so much!

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      In reply to Kristin's comment

      I like the flavor of the tea, but you can definitely take the supplement if you don't like the taste. I make my tea out of the leaves though, not the root. I use the root in soups instead.

  • Hi Charlie,

    Thank you so much for writing this up. I came across your article as a Facebook friend displayed it.
    I have a few herniated discs, and will get sciatic nerve pain as well as pain in my feet caused from the herniated discs. I also have arthritis in my knees and will be undergoing surgery for bilateral knee replacements this year. I do have some arthritis in my hands and feet as well. If I take anti-inflammatory pills, they will make me swell worse, so apparently I am allergic to them, which is too bad because they would help my arthritis pains.
    This all amounts to varieties of aches and pains. I have pain medication, but am not too happy about the side effects. I remember coming across an article that talked about Nettle tea helping
    some types of pain, but it did not give any type of instructions on how to make it, such as how much to use, how to prepare it, etc. I plan to try dandelions ASAP, hoping that since they are natural, I will be able tolerate them, and they won't make the swelling from my arthritis worse.
    Could you provide instruction on how much to use of the dandelions, and which parts - the leaves or the flowers, and also; how many nettle leaves I should include if I were to try to make a tea, or to grind them up in my coffee grinder (do I need to roast them for awhile first, to dry them out completely? I'm guessing so). Please provide step by step, from the time I harvest them from my land until I'm drinking them. Thanks a lot!

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      In reply to Kris's comment

      Nettle is roughly 1 cup leaves to 2 cups water. You don't need to pack down the leaves either. You really don't have to measure. You can make the tea stronger by steeping it longer, even if you only have a few leaves. Be careful harvesting nettle. You do not want to touch it until it is cooked. You can also eat them once they've cooked long enough. You can make tea with dandelion leaves or flowers or both the same way. I use mainly leaves, probably about a half cup to 2 cups water. No need to roast anything unless you want to make dandelion coffee. Then you roast the root. For pain relief, I also suggest you look into ginger, turmeric, and coconut oil. Good luck, Kris!

  • I heard that dandelion is good for your sex drive. Or even Viagra is this true

  • I have been taking dandelion tea for a while and I know it is good for me... When you understand, respect and follow your knowledge and guidance about nature you cannot go wrong...I grew up in the countryside in Spain...I used to know which herbs and grass to eat...I was little and I lost that knowledge with time but I used to pick them up from the hills and eat them raw...They had a bitter/crispy taste and I loved eating them. I also used to eat the stems of roses...They are really of great taste and very nourishing...Thanks for this site Charlie which I just happened to see today when I searched for more information of the benefits of the dandelion so that I could send the link to a friend that needs help with the liver, kidneys and other ailments...God bless you and your efforts in helping others...

  • Can you consume dandelion capsules. If you nolonger have a gallbladder?

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      In reply to amanda's comment

      Yes, Amanda. The gallbladder concentrates and controls the release of bile during digestion. Once it is removed, you get a continuous flow of less concentrated bile. Dandelion stimulates a release of more bile from the liver, so it is a good thing to add to your meals, especially meals that contain more fat, so this digested properly. Dandelion also continues to have benefit for your kidneys and liver.

  • My doctors wants to prescibe Lasik to reduce fluid and lower my BP. I read all of the side effects and want to find an alternative. I will have to intake more potassium and get my electrolytes checked in a few weeks. I vote no and want to try the dandilion tea or suppliment. Should I start out one cup a day, early in the day? Or one capsule early in the day?

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      In reply to Denise's comment

      You will want to work closely with your doctor as you work on naturally reducing your blood pressure, Denise. I would start out with one cup of tea each morning and find one of the free blood pressure machines in your area to check daily. They aren't as accurate, but they can still give you trends. Some pharmacies or grocery stores have them. You can add capsules if you don't see much of a trend down or drink a second cup in the evening. You will also want to walk briskly for 10 to 30 minutes a day. You can also try breathing exercises in the morning and night, meditation, or yoga. Coenzyme Q10 can help. Potassium rich foods like sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and bananas may help too. Watch your sodium intake. Eat one square of dark chocolate a day. And avoid caffeine and stress. These are just some ideas, but your doctor will have more. Good luck to you!

  • I love me some dandelion soup YUMMYYYYY!!!

  • How can you use it topically. For yeast on the skin, typically infections. I would love to start a regimen drinking tea. I take Oil of Oregano drops that have helped with STAF infections. I'm looking for other alternatives.

  • My Grandmother born 1903 ,fed us children dandelion greens salads approximately 14 times a week....we were healthy and she lived to 100 lived alone, cooked and cleaned until her dieting day....there is truth to it and I still eat it today and LOVE it!!!

  • Hi,

    I have low blood pressure, is it ok to drink dandelion tea?

    Thank you

  • Hi there! Thank you for this wonderful info! Going to give dandelion a try. I'm wondering, do you use the stem at all? Other than salad and teas, I'm probably going to juice them, and wondering if I should throw the whole plant in after giving it a good wash.

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      In reply to Karen's comment

      The stem is a little bitter, Karen, but you can still use it. I tend to use just the leaves and flowers myself, but the entire plant is edible.

  • May be for the past 30 years or so, I relish dandelion 3-4 times in spring. Leaves are boiled and then fried with tomato and garlic, pepper and salt. Now I just watered my garden and will collect the last harvest tomorrow. But this time I will not boil it and will straight away fry it as usual.

  • Can hepatitis be cured with dandelion

  • Hi, am suffering with gonorrhea, would taken this as tea help? Am a boy of 22 years.

    • Moderator

      Gonorrhea may be helped to some degree by many natural remedies, such as dandelion, but it rarely clears up with natural remedies alone. You should talk to a doctor.

  • I had to get lithotripsy to explode my kidney stone and still had some pain from the procedure. When I drank dandelion root tea, almost all of the pain completely went away! I definitely would recommend it to those who have had kidney stones and/or urinary tract problems. I also didn't mind the taste.

  • Hi, I live in New Zealand and we have three types of dandelion, the thin leafy, the thick leaf, and tall kinda prickly that has the white milky stuff type with small flowers etc, so i know the thin leafy type is ok to eat what about the other two?


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      In reply to Karen's comment

      As far as I know, Karen, all types of dandelion are edible, but there may be some differences in flavor and bitterness. I would stick to the common dandelion more with the thin leaf as I know these are delicious. There are also some false dandelions that won't provide the same benefits, but most of these are edible as well.

  • I just started eating dandelion last spring. I cook it like spinach, with a bit of garlic, and then scramble an egg into it and eat it for breakfast or lunch. It gives me so much energy and makes me feel so alert and good. I thought maybe the effect was just coincidence the first time, but noticed it again and again. I haven't tried the dandelion tea or coffee yet but will try it this year. My friend's grandma used to make pancakes with the flowers and I remember they were really good.

  • I just went out and dug up some dandelion and made myself a salad. I really have no health problem except for diabetes II, as if that's not enough. I plan on cooking the roots. Stay tuned. I'm hoping it will somehow lower my glucose level.

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      In reply to Phyllis's comment

      Sounds like a delicious salad, Phyllis! Let us know how the roots turn out. You may want to look at adding more cinnamon to your diet as well.

  • Hi Charlie,

    Will it be healthy if I will alternate the dandelion tea with the nettle leaf tea?

  • Hi my daughter is suffering with excema on her arms. Would taking this as a capsule help? Shes 13 so wont drink the teas!! Or could you suggest something else? Im sick of buying cream after cream. Thanks

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      In reply to Grace's comment

      You can definitely use it as a capsule, Grace! I'd also give coconut oil a try externally. I've seen many people have success with it. Good luck to you and your daughter.

  • Hi. I have gallbladder stones. Is it safe to use Dandelion on daily basis?

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      As long as you are sticking to the doses found in food, dandelion is considered safe daily, Alice, but you may want to talk to your doctor and let him or her know what you are trying. Good luck!

  • Hi I have just started to drink Dandelion tea. I have just found out , my gall bladder is full of stones. They won't take my gall bladder out until u have another attic .

  • is it good for a person having hepatitis to blend dandelion leaves to drink?and is there any other leave attach to it?which leaves

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      In reply to isaac's comment

      You should always consult your health care professional, but I see no reason why not, Isaac. It is a food, like lettuce or spinach, and it has some good cleansing properties.

  • is it good for me to blend dandelion leaves and drink if there is hepatitis and how should i use it. is it any other herb attach to it

  • Hi, is Dandelion tea ok to drink at night before bed, thanks, Fiona

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      You will want to drink it at least a couple hours before bed, Fiona. It is a natural cleanser, so you may feel the urge to use the bathroom shortly after you use it. In French, this herb is called pissenlit which translates to more or less "wet the bed". It is great for detox, but probably not right around bed time. Stick to chamomile and other relaxing teas just before sleep.

    • I just had to tell you that the word ''pissenlit'' I haven't heard in years !! I am French, but never speak it much anymore...but that is interesting. I also love reading about the goods of dandelions..Thanks

    • Moderator

      Thank you, Lorrie. I'm glad you liked the throwback to your French roots. :)

  • diabetes II htn high cholesterol. my diet habits need work

    • Moderator

      In reply to barry's comment

      http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/13-ways-to-counter-diabetes/ Talk to your doctor, Barry, about diet and include more of these in your life.

  • making my own double a size capsules of ground roastet root. was taking 4 a day but found that using a coffee grinder allows me to fit the same amount into 2 caps. i also take 2caps of cinnamon and 4 caps of turmeric plus 1-2 hits of high cbd mj in the evening. my goal is to get off of my "co-pays" all together. i like that i can harvest dandilion in my yard. no pesticides.

    • Moderator

      In reply to barry's comment

      Thank you, Barry. I use a coffee grinder for my herbs and spices too. I love the fresh ground flavor of things like cumin, celery seed, pepper, mustard, and more.

  • Comprehensive information on benefits. But of which part of dandelion you make the tea? And how is the root consumed, apart from making coffee?

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      In reply to Ivan's comment

      Good question, Ivan. You can make tea from any part. The flower tea is very refreshing, especially chilled and lightly sweetened. I'm a fan of the leaf tea mostly. The dandelion coffee is still technically a tea too and you can make it without roasting them first. The roots can also be eaten like other root vegetables. You can boil them or saute them pretty well after you clean and peel them. The greens are much more easy to use in recipes though. I like them in salads and soups.

    • So the yellow flower you can brew for tea ? I bought tea bags. I have been enjoying it with lemon juice and concentrated cranberry juice and drinking it cold. Love it. I thought maybe the dandelion drink shouldn't be taken all the time. I just might quit drinking coffee then :)

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      In reply to Elaine's comment

      Most definitely, Elaine! The flower makes a great tea. Sometimes I will combine the flower and leaves. I like the combination of lemon and cranberry you have going on. Sounds delicious.

  • I can tell you that I got rid off of my malign mole on my shoulder.And it took only few days to see
    the benefits...after a month it was gone.
    And if I think that my dermatologist was almost in panic saying me that it has to be operated ASAP!
    I was afraid because I've heard some bad news about those that have their moles taken away by surgery. So glad now I listened to my instinct and not my dermatologist.
    I drink the tea regularly...making some intervals and drink the green tea.

  • So what is the best option...tablets before each meal or teas? I have heard and read good things about it. With my various conditions, my family doctor believes this could help. Thanks.


  • We eat this stuff all the time (twice weekly) as it is a very popular Greek dish. Boiled, drizzle a bit of olive oil and lemon juice can be eaten hot or cold. The best thing about it is we just pick it from our lawn .

  • I always take dandelion everyday

  • Dandelion tea smells like carmel but tastes quite bland lol but im into teas so i dpnt mind. My fav is Echinacea, it tastes like spinanch to me and i love it.

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      In reply to beebe bell's comment

      I do love that smell and admit I am a little disappointed when the flavor doesn't match it, but it's so good for me that I get over it fast. :) Thank you, beebe!

  • I have been using dandelion for about a week. I am a coffee junkie and wanted to try dandelion coffee.
    I went for a walk along a river and pulled some nice ones, took them home, cleaned them and made salad with the leaves. The roots were chopped very small and placed on a baking tray and broiled to a
    nice dark color, ground in a coffee grinder and used in place of coffee. I am very impressed with the taste and I know my liver is happy that I, for the most part stopped coffee. The amazing thing to me was that a week earlier I could not walk around the block without severe hip pain. My hip has been bad
    for months. Yesterday, looking for some healthy size plants I walked 4.8 miles with zero hip pain. It
    has to be the anti-inflamatory properties in the dandelion. WOW!

    • In reply to Ben's comment

      I too am a coffee junkie. Drinking 6-12 cups per day. As much as I love coffee, I want to give it a break an drink my dandelion tea. I am pleasantly surprised with the bitter nutty flavor and aroma it has.

    • Moderator

      Glad to hear it, Cynthia. That is a lot of coffee!

    • Moderator

      In reply to Ben's comment

      Thank you, Ben, for sharing how well dandelion is working for you. I'm glad to hear it.

    • So, if I have dandelion growing in my yard and flower beds, and I don't use any chemicals, I can use all of the parts of it, as Ben was doing? I would love to try roasting the root for a coffee type drink. And can I use the leaves then for juicing?

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      In reply to Susan's comment

      Yes, Susan, to all of that. I grow them in my flower beds. You may need a masticating juicer to get anything out of the leaves, but I see nothing wrong with juicing them. Enjoy!

    • Donna please do not use a plant that has been sprayed as there will still be residual pesticide. Although I guess the capsules you buy at the store would be tainted also. I would suggest letting it go to seed and then replanting. cancer is a fungus, and can be treated with a wide variety of natural antifungals. Oil of oregano, dandelion, cat's claw, black seed, garlic, cinnamon, boswellia, goldenseal, peppermint, turmeric, wormwood, green black walnut hull hulls, cloves, neem, pau d'arco are ones that I personally use. But these must be used on a rotation. I now rotate a different herb out each day. The longest you should use 1 herb continuously is 3 days max. Otherwise, the fungal organism will build up resistance to it and it will then become ineffective. Best of luck to you!

    • HI, Question...I found a plant growing along side of the road in front of a subdivision that is sprayed, Now with that said, it seemed to not be affected by the spray. I pulled it up & brought it home & planted it. It is growing very nicely. Now, can I eat the new growth? That has not been sprayed...treating breast cancer naturally...thanks

  • I hav been taking dandelion root for aching burning legs ..only been taking it for a week & they feel loads better !!

  • About 9 months ago i started to include dandelion leaves & flowers; moringa leaves; scent leaves in my salad, eateo every other day.
    Are there any health hazards with such combination?

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      In reply to Edwin's comment

      All of these are considered safe in the portions found in food, like you are doing, Edwin. If you'd had any allergies or reactions, you probably would have noticed by now. Sounds like a delicious salad to me!

  • Is dandelion good to restore liver functions for heavy drinkers? Please tell me so, I know my friends can benefit from this!

    • Moderator

      In reply to hyip's comment

      Dandelion strengthens and cleanses the liver, but it is a good idea for your friend to seek out a health care professional. Heavy drinking can cause some serious harm. Your friend should also be looking at cutting back or quitting at the same time. Dandelion isn't going to counteract heavy drinking alone.

  • I have been using the tea and it seems to be quite good.

  • Can you still take it if you have no gallbladder?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Em's comment

      As far as I know, Em, yes you can take it without a gallbladder. It improves liver function, which is a good idea if you have had your gallbladder removed. But, having said that, you still should consult a health care professional before changing up your diet.

  • How much can you eat in one setting? Can it be consumed and a daily basis?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Carol's comment

      There is no exact limit, overdose amount, or any harmful effects known from daily use, but you should always eat anything in moderation. A few leaves a day or a cup of tea a day isn't a bad thing to add to your diet, as long as you don't have any gallbladder or intestinal problems. Stay hydrated too. Though it is always a good idea to consult your healthcare professional before drastically changing the things you eat.

    • So are you saying you shouldn't take if you have gall stones?

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      In reply to Bonnie's comment

      If you have gallstones, Bonnie, then you can probably still use dandelion, but you need to be more careful, talk to your doctor, and go easy with it while you see how your body will react. Dandelion can be part of a gallstone purge, but the irritation of the stones can also cause inflammation, infection, and other problems.

  • I am huge fan of Dandelion Root tea. Upon researching the benefits of drinking Dandelion Root tea, I started incorporating the tea in my daily food plan. I encourage others to consider making Dandelion Root tea part of their day as well.

  • What is the lengh of time you can take dandelion capsules/tea for. Is it days, weeks months. Can this be dangerous if taken over a long period of time?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Maureen's comment

      There is no set amount of time, Maureen. Dandelion root is a mild diuretic, so you do have to make sure you stay hydrated, but long term use is considered safe as long as you do not have gallbladder or intestinal disorders.

    • i have gallstones, and i just bought some dandelion capsules as well as milk thistle capsules, why is the dandelion capsules not good if one has gallstones?

    • Moderator

      In reply to Sally Ann's comment

      Both those can help clear up gallstones, Sally. I caution people to be careful though since the process of clearing up the gallstones can be painful and the irritation caused by dandelion can lead to infection and further problems. Start small, see how you feel, and keep your doctor informed.

  • its helpful to stop my cough

  • I am convised that I can now take Dandelion very often and as advised to ensure a healthy and longer life.

  • what is the herbal medicinal plant for a diabetic patient and a liver patient

    • Jerusalem artichoke provides diabetics with insulin.... do further research

    • Moderator

      In reply to tory's comment

      Jerusalem artichokes provide inulin, which is not insulin, but does seem to help control blood sugar and minimize the need for insulin. There aren't very many studies on it yet, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence. It has been used as a traditional remedy for diabetes for a very long time.

    • Iam diabetic ,i need this answer very much

    • Moderator

      You may want to read this article, Newlove: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/13-ways-to-counter-diabetes/ Dandelion leaves could benefit you as well. Talk to your doctor and make a plan that includes healthy foods like these.

  • Dandelion seems to be a longevity herb.It has a number of health benefits.
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