Botanicals - Dandelion Leaf
Product of Hungary
Latin Name: Taraxacum officinalis
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Must be infused in boiling water prior to consumption.
The name dandelion is a derivation of the Old French, dent-de-lion, literally "lion's tooth", because it was thought that the toothed leaves of the dandelion resembled lion's teeth. For urinary problems, Culpeper recommended a decoction of the ‘leaves in white wine, or the leaves chopped as pot herbs with a few alixanders, and boiled in their broth, are very effectual.’ The same use was mirrored in Parkinson’s ‘Theatrum Botanicum’ published in 1640.
Dried leaves can be used to make teas and tisanes; they can also be added to soups and salads. Fresh leaves release ethylene gas, which can slow down the growth of nearby plants; it can also encourage fruits to ripen. Leaves can also be used to make a liquid feed for the garden.