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Dandelion Taraxacum officinale Key Constituents: Vitamins A and B.  Leaf: calcium, potassium, iron, carotenoids, coumarins. Root: potassium, calcium, phenolic acids, taraxocoside, inulin. Actions: diuretic, cholagogue, bitter, tonic, hepatic, alterative, aperient. Energy: Cooling, pungent, drying. The name is derived from the Old French dent-de-lion, meaning “tooth of a lion” or “lion’s teeth”, also known as cankerwort, monk’s head, priest’s crown, swine snout, wild endive and witch gowan.  A perennial in the aster family and found….EVERYWHERE.  Though often considered a “weed” and unwanted, the dandelion was used as food and medicine by at least 22 Native North American tribes for tonic effects,...

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