Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, is a member of the Aster family and can be found through out the world. It is very nutritious, containing many vitamins and minerals.
This plant is good for so many things, and it is sad that many people want it out of their lawns and gardens.
Here are just a few things that dandelion helps and supports:
- loss of appetite
- intestinal gas
- muscles and joint aches
- urinary tract infections
- promotes urination
- improves blood circulation
- detoxes the liver
- tones skin
- aids in eyesight
- liver disease
Read more about dandelion in my blog post “Dandelion: The Queen of Weeds… and other things“.
I foraged this plant in central Minnesota.
NOTE: 1 oz bottles and a dropper
I use the folk method for making all my tinctures, which uses no measurements except sizing things up with your eyes. So I put the plant material in a jar and then fill with alcohol.
Tinctures are meant to be used as medicine in small amounts. Add 10-20 drops to your tea, juice, water or directly into your mouth when needed.
Dosages for children are not provided in most herbals. To determine the correct dose you need to consider the size of the child, the ailment, the power of the herb you intend to use, and the adult dosage.
Young’s Rule for determining dosage uses the child’s age divided by twelve plus the age. The dosage for a 4 year old:
4/12+4 = 4/16 = 1/4 of the adult dose.