dandelion root

Dandelion Root

Taraxacum officinale – root

Known as a stubborn weed dandelion is a voracious wild plant that is a reminder that a simple and common weed can offer important gifts as both food and medicine. It has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine in the relief and treatment of several diseases.

A valuable general and liver tonic and widely available as a tea. It encourages bile production from the liver.


Primary: bitter tonic, choleretic, laxative (mild).

Secondary: cholagogue, diuretic (mild), antirheumatic.


  • Indigestion, sluggish liver.
  • Support healthy gallbladder function and bile flow.
  • Relief of constipation, skin complaints.
  • Supports normal detoxification processes for healthy connective tissue, muscles and joints.


Diuretic effect yet potential losses of potassium are supported by its potassium content.

Contains potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper, choline, selenium, calcium, boron, silicon, vitamins A, C, D and B complex, beta carotene, protein, fibre, linoleic acid, sugars, mucilage, terpenes, phenolic compounds (caffeic acid), sesquiterpene lactones, triterpenes, phytosterols, coumarins, inulin.

Contra-indications and Cautions

Generally considered to be safe however it is recommended that it not be used by people with obstruction of the bile ducts, if gallstones are present or in cases of other serious diseases of the gall bladder.