DANDELION is a diuretic and encourages detoxification through the increase of urine. Therefore it has an effect on the kidneys.
Dandelion Latin name: Taraxacum officinale
There must be few people who do not recognise this plant, and who have not puffed the seed ball away on the wind on hot summer days. The name is thought to come from the shape of the leave which look a bit like lions teeth (if anyone has ever got that close and lived to tell the tale).
It in the French for teeth: 'dent', hence: 'dent-de-lion'. Another traditional name in French 'Piss-en-Lit' reflects an old English name not often used now: 'wet the beds'. This suggest it's how it has cleansing properties. It is a diuretic and encourages detoxification through the increase of urine. Therefore it has an effect on the kidneys.
Unlike many diuretics which can leach potassium out of your system, it is high in potassium, replacing what is lost. It is also a well known liver remedy, encouraging healthy liver function which in turn supports the body in excreting body wastes. An infusion of the root is a gentle and effective remedy for constipation, and safe enough for children.
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