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Perennial herbaceous winter plant with yellow flowers which resemble the small spring daisy flowers. Very common edible wild grass that grows in fields and cultivated land. It is found throughout Europe, North America and northern Asia, and generally grows in the northern hemisphere.
The scientific name Taraxacum officinale was given to the plant because the herb reportedly healed disorders, disturbances and all pain of the body. The plant was known also as the “lions tooth” because of the serrated leaves (which is why the English common name “dandelion” was given to the plant). In the past the root was pulverized and used to prepare a decoction offered as a coffee substitute.
- Rich in vitamins A, B, C and D, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium.
- It is one of the most powerful diuretic, tonic and detoxifying herbs.
- The dandelion reduces the appetite and helps the metabolism of sugars and fats.
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