Remedies for healing
The dandelion is one of the best known and most commonly used medicinal plants. Although Paracelsus does not mention the Taraxacum in his writings, a report on this effective medicinal plant shall be given. The dandelion is one of the most important plants for drainage and is used in folk medicine for liver and biliary disease, to stimulate diuresis and in spring cures. The fresh leaves are prepared as a salad. The dandelion activates the detoxification through the liver, kidneys, and intestines. It helps in metabolic weakness, loss of appetite, indigestion, stimulates liver and bile, and acts in gout, muscle and joint rheumatism. The dandelion leaves and dandelion roots have a very strong blood-purifying effect. They help with skin diseases, eczema, lichen, ulcers, and sugar disease. In addition, the dandelion enjoys a good reputation as a slightly laxative remedy and anodyne for the treatment of hemorrhoids. In particular, the root has a cleansing, solubilizing, lancing, diaphoretic and strengthening power.
The ingredients of dandelion are: carotenoids, phytosterols, choline, tannins and the root also contains the alkaloid Taraxin and the bittern taraxacin.
Collected are just the roots or only the buds before flowering or flower in the heyday. The root is dug during spring from mid-March to mid-April and mid-August to late-September.
Most effective is the fresh pressed juice, of which 2 to 3 tablespoons are taken a day for at least 3 to 4 weeks.
As tea, 1 to 2 teaspoons are used in 1 cup of the infusion; 2 to 3 cups are drunk in sips daily with a little honey in the tepid tea.
Dandelion syrup: “3 to 4 heaping handfuls of dandelion flowers cooked well in 2 liters of water, skimmed; into the hot juice 1 ½ kg of sugar and the juice of 2 lemons is mixed. Stirring continuously, boiling the liquid again until a syrupy, stringy mass has developed. This is filled in wide-necked bottles. The flavor of the syrup thus obtained is, if carefully prepared, nearly indistinguishable from honey. It acts as a tonic, is blood purifying and langging.” Willfort, p.340
Willfort, Richard: Gesundheit durch Heilkräuter. Rudolf Trauner Publishing House, Linz; 23rd edition 1986