Why don't people like dandelions?

(Taraxacum officinale)

While children love the dandelion as a dandelion, many garden owners revile it as a weed. The indestructible and adaptable plant defies the summer heat and also grows out of the smallest asphalt crevice. Their insensitivity, tenacity and vitality can be interpreted as a good omen for human use as a medicinal plant and in the kitchen: the dandelion is a special herb that has it all in the truest sense of the word. Healers already appreciated this in ancient times.

How does the dandelion help against colds?

When it comes to the use of colds, from the diverse range of effects of the dandelion herb, above all, its direct action against cold pathogens, as well as the support for the defense against colds, should be emphasized. There are also anti-inflammatory properties. The preparation of the herb is therefore also an important component in ImupretĀ® N.

What ingredients are found in dandelions?

The dandelion has a rich spectrum of ingredients that can not only have a healing effect, but are also very interesting with a view to a healthy diet:

  • essential oils and tannins: anti-inflammatory, antiviral or antimicrobial effects;
  • Mucilages: calming the stomach and intestines
  • Bitter substances: stimulation of biliary activity and digestion;
  • Minerals (potassium, calcium, sodium, sulfur;)
  • Trace elements (iron, manganese, zinc);
  • Vitamins (A, C, E): immune boosting;
  • Prebiotics (inulin): immune boosting;
  • Carbohydrates (e.g. fructose).

What is the medicinal effectiveness of dandelions based on?

Why the dandelion is sometimes referred to as a "miracle herb" is shown by the composition of its active profile:

  • antiviral, antibacterial;
  • anti-inflammatory;
  • pain reliever;
  • digestive, appetizing, bile-forming;
  • urinary;
  • stimulates blood circulation;
  • stomach and intestinal soothing, antispasmodic.

The richness of the dandelion in bitter substances is particularly important from a medical point of view. In the human body, they promote the production of saliva and stomach acid as well as digestive hormones and enzymes. This stimulates the appetite, gets the metabolism going and increases the production and drainage of bile. The improved absorption of nutrients such as vitamin B12 and iron helps against tiredness and listlessness.

A particularly beautiful example of the gentle healing power of nature in contrast to synthetic drugs is the diuretic effect of the medicinal plant, which is scientifically based on its high potassium content: while on the one hand the urine flow increases, important minerals are supplied to the organism at the same time. In contrast to chemical-synthetic drainage tablets (diuretics), a mineral deficiency is not to be feared as a side effect.

For which ailments and diseases is dandelion used?

We have already mentioned one of the many areas of application: the common cold. However, the medicinal plant is typically also used in

  • Loss of appetite;
  • Disruption of the flow of bile, restoration of liver and bile functions;
  • Indigestion, dyspeptic symptoms such as bloating and gas;
  • to stimulate urine excretion (diuresis) and flush the urinary tract, e.g. for urinary tract diseases, rheumatism and to prevent kidney stones.

In addition, the dandelion is recommended in folk medicine for circulatory disorders, as a light laxative, for dry skin, for warts, for states of weakness and to promote convalescence and performance. Similar to ginseng, dandelion is also valued as a general tonic.

What forms of preparation are there?

The healing powers of the dandelion can be used in a wide variety of preparation forms, such as liquid or dry extract, tincture, cold water extract, fresh plant juice, plant juice or tea. The product range is diverse, including dandelion coffee and dandelion wine. In general, regular use over 4-6 weeks is recommended.

You can also make many preparations yourself. The plant material should then be obtained fresh from the trade in organic quality or as a drug from the pharmacy. Harvesting in your own garden is of course also possible. Picking in meadows, on the other hand, is rather discouraged, as heavy dandelion growth is an indicator of over-fertilization and the quality of the content could possibly be impaired.

When producing high-quality dandelion preparations yourself, however, it is difficult to process the material gently, which is necessary in order to preserve the valuable ingredients as much as possible. Here the products from the trade are a better option, whereby products containing dandelions are not only available in liquid form, but also as paste or powder.

What is dandelion used for externally?

In folk medicine, the dandelion is not only used internally, but also externally, for example for skin problems, poorly healing wounds, corns, calluses and warts. The focus here is on the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral effects of the medicinal plant. In the case of insect stings or bites, their pain-relieving and / or itch-relieving properties are particularly relevant.

For the treatment, the milky sap from the stems is applied to the affected areas two or more times a day for several weeks. If wetting with the stem juice does not seem sufficient, you can use a blender with a little water to make a pulp from the whole plant, and e.g. B. Use for an envelope.

What should be considered when using it?

Relevant side effects and interactions are not known for dandelions. It may lead to stomach problems due to acidity caused by the bitter substances. Contact dermatitis is possible in sensitive people with frequent contact with the milk juice. Because the dandelion has a diuretic effect in high doses, it is better not to take it in the evening.

Is the dandelion poisonous?

Nothing speaks against dandelions on the menu - on the contrary! With its rich content of vitamins and minerals, it is a healthy and easily accessible food. It just depends on what you eat: the dandelion flowers are easy to eat, they do not contain any toxins. It looks a little different with the milky juice in the stems. This can cause slight symptoms of poisoning - but only if large quantities are consumed. The milky sap is only doing its duty because it is supposed to protect the plant from being eaten by wild animals and infections.

Which parts of the plant are used?

In the case of the dandelion, all parts of the plant can be used for naturopathic purposes: the roots as well as the fresh herbs. However, there are differences in the content of active ingredients, whereby the season also plays a role. While the leaves are harvested and dried before they bloom, the roots are usually collected in autumn, as they then contain less bitter substances than in spring and, instead, plenty of inulin. In the autumn, up to 40% of the carbohydrate content is inulin, while in the spring the fructose is strongly represented with up to 18%. This is particularly relevant for people with diabetes, for whom inulin can serve as a blood sugar-neutral starch substitute in dandelion vegetables.