Dandelion leaves are appreciated as a salad green and vegetable, the dried root is used to produce a hot beverage that offers a bitter flavor like coffee but without caffeine.
In addition to bitter compounds, dandelion root also contains numerous vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This herb has a long history of use as a tonic and restorative. In fact, due to the actions of some of its compounds, dandelion root may increase the effects of certain prescription medications. It may also speed the metabolism of synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotics.
|cosmetic||Incorporate dandelion root infusions in skin washes when an astringent effect is desired.|
|culinary||Use in tea blends and as a coffee substitute. Dandelion root is also commonly used to prepare cleansing tonics and digestive bitters.|
|safety||Use with caution if you have a known allergy to other plants in the daisy family, such as chrysanthemum or ragweed.|