Dandelion: properties, uses and contraindications

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Dandelion, or dandelion, is a plant widely used in phytotherapy in particular for its purifying qualities against the liver. But the advantages of taking Taraxacum officinale do not stop there, so let's discover all the uses but also the contraindications of this natural remedy.

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Il dandelion, or dandelion, is a plant widely used in herbal medicine. What are its properties? What are its uses? And does it have any contraindications? Particularly known for his purifying qualities for the liver, the Taraxacum officinale hides many others.

So let's find out all the uses and properties of dandelion, but also the contraindications of this natural remedy.

The dandelion belongs to the Asteraceae family and has been known and used for its since ancient times purifying and detoxifying properties. The active ingredients are concentrated in particular in the roots and leaves, but also the yellow flowers of this plant can be collected and used to prepare, for example, infusions or herbal teas.



The roots and leaves of dandelions are rich in bitter principles very useful to support the work of the liver, one of the organs responsible for detoxification of our body. The dandelion therefore helps to support the liver and gallbladder, simultaneously stimulating the kidney work which, through the urine, will carry out the substances that are not needed.

It is therefore about a natural purifying remedy but also a diuretic highly appreciated and used in case of water retention or in times when you feel like it detoxify the body a little especially during the season changes. In this case, of course, the use of dandelions should be associated with a healthy and balanced diet rich in raw fruit and vegetables without forgetting to do some physical activity to help the body purge.

The dandelion is a also good remedy for those with high cholesterol since it helps the liver to eliminate excess fat, it also prevents the formation of gallstones. This plant boasts then digestive and slightly laxative qualities as well as being useful for strengthening the action of our immune system.

Finally, Taraxacum officinale is rich in substances useful for our body such as vitamins, mineral salts and antioxidants.


Dandelion can be taken in the form of herbal tea, in mother tincture or even in tablets. To prepare a purifying and diuretic infusion based on this plant you can follow a simple recipe by reading HERE. On the other hand, you can find them easily in herbal medicine detoxifying or purifying herbal teas for the liver in which there is dandelion alone or in a mix made up of several herbs. It is recommended to drink a couple a day.

With regard to the tinctureinstead, usually 30 to 50 drops of dandelion are recommended to be taken a couple of times a day for a limited period which can be one or two months to be repeated cyclically with a long break in between. It is always better to seek the advice of your trusted herbalist rather than take this do-it-yourself remedy.

Dandelion tablets are more concentrated, generally we recommend 1 or 2 a day between meals. In any case, each product, also based on the concentration of active ingredients present, provides indications on its use that must be reported on the label. Also in this case it is always better to ask your doctor for advice.


Among the most frequent contraindications of dandelion there is undoubtedly that of being able to create a situation of gastric hyperacidity. To avoid if you suffer from gastritis or peptic ulcer. Absolutely not recommended during pregnancy or lactation, dandelion is to be taken with caution and only under medical advice even if you are taking certain types of medications. Like many other natural remedies, in fact, it can interact with some medicines, in particular painkillers, blood sugar regulators or diuretics. To be avoided even if you are allergic to plants of the "Asteraceae" family.

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