The dandelion dots the landscape of many North American yards. This weed, which can be a pain for gardeners and homeowners, also may have amazing medicinal qualities as an herb.

The dandelion is a member of the sunflower family. There are over 90 species of dandelions. Dandelion has been known by other names, such as yellow gowan, clock flower, cankerwort, wild endive, Irish Daisy, puffball, lion’s tooth, swine snout, and bitterwort. The herbal name for dandelion is Taraxacum officinale.

For many years, dandelion has been used to cure a variety of ailments, including liver, kidney, gall bladder, and joint problems. Some believe that Dandelion can help with eczema, poor digestion, and diseases of the liver. Dandelion is a stimulant to the urinary organs, and can be used as a diuretic (the leaf) or a hepatic (the root). Chinese herbal traditions suggest taht dandelion can help with other conditions, such as jaundice, hepatitis, and problems with swelling of the eyes. Both Eastern and Western traditions believe that dandelion may help with urinary tract infections.

Dandelion contains important minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron, potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Dandelion root also has sterols, volatile oil, choliine, asparagin, glycosides, inulin, and tannins. The leaves contain more Vitamin A than even carrots. The leaves also contain Vitamins B, C and D.

Dandelion tea may help with digestion and relieve constipation. It aids the liver in its detoxification role in the body. Some have described the flavor of dandelion tea as coffee-like.”

In terms of pregnancy, it is believed that the vitamins and minerals present in Dandelion tea can help to avoid birth defects. In addition, the diuretic properties of dandelion tea may aid the mom-to-be with constipation. Chinese herbal tradition suggests that Dandelion may help with sore breasts, and may also help to increase milk production in the new mom.”

Drinking Dandelion Tea While Pregnant