Herbalism | Dandelion (Lion’s Tooth)

Dandelion, which is also known as “lion’s tooth” (scientific name: Taraxacum officinale) comes with numerous health benefits! It has also been associated with many magical folktales.

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Health benefits

Dandelions are plentiful and tend to be considered invasive weeds with no purpose. However, dandelions have numerous health benefits that most of us are unaware of!

These flowers contain important vitamins and minerals — vitamin A, C, E, K, folate, and trace amounts of vitamin B. It also has iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. As well, it’s full of powerful antioxidants.

It has been shown that dandelion can reduce inflammation, aid in blood sugar management, reduce cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Studies also show a connection between the flower and liver health.

One rat study showed evidence of dandelion protecting against liver damage (source.) Another study shows a link between dandelion and the protection against Diabetes Type 2 (source.) And this study shows the effectiveness of dandelion against obesity (source.) Alongside, many other studies show proof of protection against many types of cancers (1, 2, 3)

Dandelion can help with digestion, improve bone health, and boost the immune system.

When taken topically, dandelion can provide many skin benefits — protection against UVB radiation and sun damage, regeneration of skin cells, and protection against acne. Infused in a cream, salve, or oil, it makes a great skincare product.

Dandelion can be consumed in many ways, internally. If you want to incorporate it into your daily routine, try capsules or a tincture. It can be eaten raw or cooked, garnished on meals or nibbled on its own. My personal favorite is dandelion tea — specifically, roasted dandelion root — it tastes so amazing, very earthy and rich!

As with all herbs, use with caution, avoid or ask your doctor first if you are on prescription medication.

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Folklore

A common legend among children, and many adults too, is to pick a dandelion puff and blow on it while making a wish. It is said that if the seedlings spread with ease, that your wish is likely to come true. But if you have to blow a few times, it signifies resistance, and you will have to work much harder to make this wish come true.

Another superstition is to hold a dandelion underneath your chin and have someone else look to see if there is yellow under your chin. There are many different interpretations to what the yellow signifies — some say money, or good luck, or true love. When I was in elementary school, we used to do this at recess, and we claimed that the presence of yellow determines “if you like butter or not” — hahaha!

Dandelion has been said to encourage lucid dreams and prophetic visions. In mythology, it is connected to Jupiter. It is also symbolized by the sun and the lion. It is gendered as masculine. In astrology, it is linked to Sagittarius and Pisces. Its element is air.

Dandelions are native to Europe and Asia. They were brought to the USA by the European Puritans, because the flower was considered a “cure-all.” Alongside, dandelion wine was once very popular and can still be made today! It was mainly drank for its medicinal benefits, rather than recreational (recipe).

It is believed that dandelion can bring happiness, creativity, bravery, motivation, and intuitive strength.

11 responses to “Herbalism | Dandelion (Lion’s Tooth)”

  1. I love eating dandelions! They are great in a salad and the whole plant can be used. I have used the roots dried to make coffee, I thought it tasted real good. I used to grow my own to make sure they were poison free, I have even grown them inside when I lived in a bigger place. Great info Laura!😀😺🌞

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    1. That’s awesome!!! 😄 you are getting some great health benefits with that!! Ooo, that is a great idea to make coffee with it — I bet the flavor goes well together! That’s cool to grow them yourself! And thanks a bunch! 🐱🐦🌼👍

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      1. I always figure people would be better off eating their dandelions rather than trying to kill them with poison. For something that is treated as a terrible weed it is one of the healthiest plants around. I always like to try eating from our wild “pantry”, so many healthy wild plants out there.😀😺🌻

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        1. It’s so sad!!! 😿 They are so useful — and tasty too! Yes, I’d like to learn how to forage but I worry about picking plants that have pesticides etc! I suppose it depends on the area and you just have to do your research! 🌻🌼🌷🌿

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          1. Yes, you do need to be careful where you do your foraging. Pesticides/herbicides can cover wide areas away from where they are used. Up here we don’t have much problems that way, there is lots of good land without poisons on them. However, I am careful too about harvesting anything, I don’t want to pull up an entire plant to get roots, I will usually stay with leaves, flowers so the plant will continue to grow. Unless it’s something like dandelions. A lot of garden flowers are edible too and can be grown in containers. Be careful growing herbs indoors though since you have cats, many that are safe for us are toxic to cats. Enjoy your day Laura!😀😺🌞

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            1. Yes, that scares me most!! Sadly I think there is a lot of that around my area. But I’m sure there is somewhere I can research that is free of it. I currently have an aero garden growing herbs which is going really well!! You are so right about the cats — they will eat ANYTHING! — gotta make sure it’s safe for them!!! 🐱😸🌿🪴

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  2. My grandparents, your great grandparents, would always pick dandelion greens early in the spring before they got bitter. They would make a salad using hot bacon dressing, a Pennsylvania German dish. Uncle Lloyd made dandelion wine. ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Oh that’s so cool!! No wonder I feel that connection to dandelions! Wow, dandelion wine… I have to try that someday! 😊

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  3. Hi Primeval Pixie! This post is inspiring as I am into a lot of different herbs and spices that help with my taking of many food items and drinks that can boost strength and also can mess with your flexibility. I have to use it all since I have sciatica and have been doing a lot of exercises to get through the days whether hot or cold. I got it from a truck wreck that gave me a compressed disc at lower part of my back close to my waist. I have to add lots of water in order to get through a day when my back is in constant pain from the cold. So yes, everything and anything is possible if you know what you need!

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    1. Happy to hear you are also passionate about herbalism!! It’s so simple to incorporate into daily meals and routines, with so many benefits! I’m sorry to hear about your accident! And Yes, that’s for sure!

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