In our childhoods, dandelion was the flower that made wishes come true — and in a way this bloom does exactly that. Dandelion as a herb can cleanse, balance, and hydrate our bodies and we all know that we’re more likely to create our fullest lives from this type of foundation. Dandelion root has long been used in traditional medicine and traces back to 659 BC in ancient China. It has also been used in Ayurvedic, Native American, Arabic, and European traditions as a potent herbal remedy.
At THE FULLEST, we have found that when this many ancient cultures use a herb — it works, period. However, modern science also has supported the benefits of dandelion root as a healing support and in this article, we dive a little deeper into its clinically backed and traditional properties.
Dandelion Healing Benefits
Dandelion as a Powerful Liver Cleanser
The liver is the organ that helps our bodies detox toxins from foods to our environments. In modern life, it can often be taxed but it’s also highly regenerative and with a little support can heal itself. One way to give your liver some love is with dandelion as its high antioxidant makeup can reduce oxidative stress on the liver. It has also been shown in early studies to prevent damage caused by alcohol toxicity.
Dandelion is Nutrient Dense
Dandelion greens are a great source of calcium and one serving a day can give you 21% of your daily needs according to the Institute of Medicine. It’s also high in vitamin K which makes this combination a huge support for bone health.
Dandelion Helps with Hydration
This herb is also full of potassium, a mineral and electrolyte which main function in the body is to keep our cells at an optimal fluid level. Potassium is also an excellent support for keeping our blood pressure healthy.
Dandelion Assists with Gut Bacteria
The root of dandelion is also excellent for our digestion. High in a soluble fiber called carbohydrate inulin, it can help with our intestinal health and support the growth and maintenance of healthy gut bacteria.
Dandelion Detoxes Estrogen, Sugar, and Toxins
Dandelion contains chicoric and chlorogenic acid — two chemical compounds that studies suggest can assist with healthy blood sugar and insulin levels. It also helps remove excess estrogen in the body that in turn helps with hormone regulation as well as supporting the liver’s overall detoxification processes.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Dandelion Into Your Life
Dandelion is also a plant that can be used from root to petal. Dandelion greens are a great addition to salads. The root of the plant is often dried and used as a tea (its slightly bitter flavor also makes it a great alternative to coffee). Another remedy that allows herbs to be absorbed into the body is pelvic steaming.
We love this practice to help us detoxify and tonify our female anatomy and have included dandelion in our Womb Protector™ pelvic steaming herb blend along other powerful plant allies to support our cycles, skin, and overall well-being. If you’re interested in starting a practice of pelvic steaming make sure to check out our Womb Protector™ Ritual Bundle.