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There are about 100 species that grow to about 12 inches found throughout the world. 
The Leaves contains Vitamins A, B, C, D and bitter glycosides, carotenoids, lutein and viola xanthin, terpenoids, choline and potassium salts, iron and other trace minerals. Its Vitamin A content is much higher then what’s found in carrots for the same volume.  The root contains carbohydrates including inulin, pectin, phenolic acids, vitamins, potassium bitter glycosides called taraxacin, tannins, triterpenes, taraxol and taraxsterol, phytosterols, volatile oil, choline, and asparagine. 

For long period use make sure to increase your intake of potassium-rich foods such as apples, bananas, carrots, oranges, and potatoes because of its diuretic properties. Dandelion should be used cautiously if you suffer stomach ulcers, gastritis or block bile ducts, as it will cause overproduction of stomach acid. The milky latex sap in the stem and leaves of fresh Dandelion may cause an allergic rash in some individuals. 

Medical Uses
Liver and Gall bladder inflammation and congestion reducing: Gentle liver tonic made from steeping the roots in a cup of hot water and drinking 3 times daily before meals for up to 3 or 4 weeks. It is beneficial in the treatment of gallstones, hepatic and post-hepatic jaundice and cholecystitis. 
Joint Inflammation reliever: Eat the fresh leaves in a vegetable salad daily. 
Digestive problems due to lack of stomach acid and excessive water retention treatment: Drink an infusion tea when needed.

Also eating the fresh leaves in a salad with your main meal. Taraxacin found in the leaves and roots are beneficial to bile secretion and have a Diuretic effect, which helps with the elimination of urine. Many women experience pre-menstrual water retention. The familiar symptoms of bloating and weight gain, breast tenderness, and irritability. 

Warts Removal and Skin inflammations and Insect Stings reliever: Rub the white sap from the roots on the wart and skin around the wart or skin rash or inflammation. 

Other Properties: Helps improves fat and cholesterol metabolism in the body and acts as a blood purifier and also used for ailments, such as eczema, cancer and hepatitis. 

Infusion Recipes: For medical uses always harvest young plants no more then 2 years old, as the roots become too old and bitter. Also harvest the leaves before the flowering begins as nutrients are lost. Only the leaves and roots are used for its medical properties. 

Take dried or fresh leaves and root of about 5 to 10 grams (about 2 to 4 teaspoons) depending on dosage needed and steep in freshly boiled water for up to 10 to 20 minutes to allow the leaf juices and root sap to mix into the water.

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