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(Taraxacum officinale)
Common names: Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion's Tooth, Priest's Crown, Piss-a-Bed, Priest's Crown, Puffball, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive.


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Parts Used: The entire plant. Methods Used: Water extraction.
Spiritual Uses: None identified to date.

Physical Uses: This herb has been used in Folk Medicine since prehistoric times. Native Americans as well as many other peoples around the world used it as both food and medicine.

Used in teas, it is considered effective in relieving indigestion, constipation, and fever.

The root is infused along with celery seeds to relieve the stiff joints of chronic rheumatism. Used by the ancients as a diuretic when mixed with equal parts of Broom (Cytisus scoparius) flowers.

The fresh root is ground and made into a tea to support liver and gall bladder function.

An appetite stimulant and a tonic for the skin. Use in baths and facial steams. A natural diuretic that may relieve edema.

The roasted root is used as a healthful substitute for coffee.

Dandelion wine is a rural standard while the nutritious young leaves have long been used as a favorite spring salad green.




  1. Boil 1 cup of water.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of chopped, dried, bruised root. Stir and cover.
  3. Allow to steep for hour.
  4. Strain out the root and discard. Allow to cool.
  5. Dosage: 1 cup 3 times a day.


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