People seem decidedly polarized regarding this happy little survivor.
Our attitude towards Dandilion depends on which part of the garden we are in at the time. In some areas it is a noxious weed but just around the corner, it's wonderful.
We use the Dandelion leaves to pick up the zing in salads occasionally, ferment the flowers to create a real 'down home' wine, pickle the buds, because we can't seem to grow capers, and use the root in our 'Liver clean' formula.
Dandelion will grow well in pots and in some ways I think that it is best kept that way as the soil is generally more friable allowing the root to grow to generous size for harvesting.
Our major use of this herb is homeopathic.
We only sell packets of 50 seeds as this is more than enough to start a very healthy crop.
50 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....1/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)
Published August 29, 1992
Name of Drug
Taraxaci herba, dandelion herb.
Composition of Drug
Dandelion herb, consisting of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Taraxacum officinale G. H. Weber ex Wiggers s.l. [Fam. Asteraceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage. The leaf contains bitter principles.
Pharmacological Properties, Pharmacokinetics, Toxicology
Loss of appetite and dyspepsia, such as feeling of fullness and flatulence.
Obstruction of the bile ducts, gall bladder empyema, ileus. In case of gallstones, use only after consultation with a physician. Contact allergies caused by sesquiterpene-lactones in the latex have been only rarely observed. Experiments and observations concerning preparations are not available.
Special Precautions for Use
Use During Pregnancy and Lactation
Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
4 - 10 g of herb 3 times daily;
4 - 10 ml liquid extract 1:1 in 25 percent alcohol 3 times daily.
Mode of Administration
Cut herb for infusions, as well as for liquid preparations for internal use.
Duration of Administration
Effects on Operators of Vehicles and Machinery