Dandelion / Taraxacum Officinal
Habitat and Growing Conditions: Can be found EVERYWHERE.
Pertinent Information: Alterative, cholagogue, diuretic, stomachic, laxative, tonic. Use the whole plant. The leaves are best in the spring, the roots are best from June to August. Dandelion does great things to and with the liver. It can clear and stimulate the liver which aids the liver in eliminating toxins from the blood, and because it is mineral-rich it does not strip the body of important minerals (especially potassium) in this process (!)
Personal Experience: I love medicinal plants that can be found everywhere easily! I sometimes make a dandelion leaf salad and drink dandelion leaf tea several times a week. Usually it’s mixed with one or a few of the other herbs I drink regularly (nettles, raspberry leaf, red clover, skullcap). The first time I had dandelion root tea I was blown away by how delicious mineral-rich it was. I very much plan on making a soup broth out of it once I have enough gathered.
References: Holistic Herbal, David Hoffman, 196; The Way of Herbs, Michael Tierra, 127- 128; A Modern Herbal, Mrs. M. Grieves, 249- 255