Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale)


         Dandelions were used by Native Americans as a blood purifier, for general promotion of good health, and to fight illness in general. The root of this wild flower is that part which is prized in holistic medicine. When I harvest it wild in Florida, I remember to take no more than 30% of what's growing, out of respect for future generations, and I always spread the seeds. So I pull it up by the root, knock off the excess dirt, and then peel it down to the bare main root. From there, you use a knife or potato peeler to scrape it clean until you're left with nothing but bright, clean, fresh root.


The root is boiled in use by traditional cultures. This is known as a "decoction". Oh yeah one more thing! In my opinion you should never harvest Dandelion plants before the seeds are ready. I quickly wanted to touch base on what I consider to be an aspect of collective consciousness and Dandelion symbology. According to dreammoods.com's interpretation of Dandelion symbology, it is a dream symbol for " pleasant and joyous surroundings." This makes sense to me because they just have a child-like feel to them. When I think of this plant I imagine being in a big field of gass playing and frolocking as a child.


Dandelion grows all along the sides of highways and interstates in Florida, and other surrounding regions. Its a shame that they are cut down, or looked at as "weeds". To the Native Americans, they were a gift, and their prescence left them with much gratitude, as well as a healthier body and soul. I too share this love for nature. If you're lucky enough to stumble across some, then acknowledge and appreciate its value, prescence, and life. You can read a large number of academic journals on the phytochemicals that this herb creates via scholar.google.com and other database. In some regions of the world like Germany, herbalisms is accepted mainstream, and plants like this are utilized in main-stream practice!


General applications in alternative healing practices involving Dandelion include:

- detoxification and immune support

- conditions of the gastrointestinal system

- aching joints

- skin conditions

- infections

- bile and liver problems


The idea that an herb growing along the side of roadsides could help to induce the healing process is considered a myth by many. It's my belief though that these gifts were put here by the most intelligent, exquisite chemist in the known universe, god. It seems to me they are designed to use the energy in sunlight, the water and air in the biosphere, and a digital program written into their DNA, to repeatedly produce the same astonishing phytochemicals, which are in fact specific arrangements of specific atoms combined to make specific molecules. It's clever stuff my friends!


Just as we human beings perform task in our daily lives without being fully aware of the underlying biological circuitry behind our daily activities, the Dandelion plant also seem to have underlying biological circuitry that's designed to produce potential pharmacological constituents behind the scenes. Herbs such as Dandelion seem to have surpassed human chemist in terms of achievements and knowledge related to chemistry, and most likely without even intending to compete ( in my opinion ).


Simon Powell once made a comment about nature which had to do with Dandelions. I really like what he said and that was "You want an aerodynamic seed dispursal system?, You got it!" That's exactly what's been created with the way the seeds spread too. They are designed to symbiotically travel with the gentle breeze already provided by the larger system at hand, the biosphere. The relationship that life has with its environment is crucial for the survival of both life and the organic systems of nature that sustain that life. The innate knowledge of how to produce the same pharmacological compounds time and time again sense birth, along with reproduction distribution system that works via the earths air, are both signs of an intelligent relationship between both life and its environment.

Organic Dandelion Root Scientific Name: (Taraxacum officinale)


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