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Dandelion Flower Health Benefits

In the west, we consider dandelions to be weeds, but in many societies, this beautiful flower is considered an important medicinal herb. It also tastes great!

The following list of benefits is only for the yellow flowers.  The root and the leaves have even stronger properties and are more fully researched.

Possible Health Benefits:

1.  Source of antioxidants.

2. Relieve pain from headaches,  backaches,  and menstrual cramps

3. Relieve stomach  cramps.

4.  Relieves depression.

5. A chemical compound known as helenin  may be the cure for those with a problem of reduced vision in the dark.

6.  Flowers also contain Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 which are also good the eyes.

7.  In 1956, Chauvin demonstrated the antibacterial effects of dandelion pollen, which may validate the centuries old use of dandelion flowers in Korean folk medicine to prevent boils, skin infections, tuberculosis, and edema and promote blood circulation.

Interesting Facts and Trivia:

  • Botanical name is taraxacum officinale
  • Was brought to the United States originally from Europe and Asia, and was transported for its health benefits.
  • In French they are called pissenlit – literally ‘bedpissers’, an homage to the plant’s diuretic properties.
  • Other names of this plant are:  Blow Ball Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Pissabed Priest’s-crown, Puff Ball,  Pu Gong Ying,  Pu-kung-ying,  Swine Snout, Telltime, White Endive, Wild Endive
  • The syrup is sweet, yet tangy, with strong herbal, honey-pollen, and citrus notes.

Make into an herbal tea by steeping several in hot water.
Homemade wine can also be made from the flowers I hear.

What Diana does with the flowers:

Dandelion Flower Pancakes
Dandelion Flower Syrup
Dandelion Flower Cordial

When there are dandelions around first thing in the spring it is time for a Spring Cleanse

By | 2016-05-08T19:21:34+00:00 June 4th, 2012|Nutrition, Wild Food|6 Comments

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A certified Nutritional Consultant, Randy has been teaching health and personal development principles for over 30 years and has personally helped individuals with over 10,000 Body Health Assessments.


  1. Georgina Sarpong January 6, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Can oil be extracted from dandelion flowers?

  2. Randy Fritz January 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

    It is possible to extract oil from the blossoms but I have never done so myself. Does you or anyone else know how?
    Dandelion blossom oil has been used as a folk remedy for painful, swollen joints, as a healthy breast and body massage oil.

  3. Steve April 29, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks so much for the valuable information. We have just started drinking dandelion root tea and have noticed we grow our own right here 🙂

  4. Aurelien Marti April 21, 2017 at 11:07 am

    The name dandelion comes from the french “dent de lion” meaning lions’ tooth, another french name for the plant now out of fashion.

  5. Elyse April 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    To create dandelion oil, just infuse olive oil with dandelion blossoms for 4-6 weeks. Then put into jars. You can also add beeswax to make a salve and Vitamin E drops as a preservative.

  6. Linda May 16, 2017 at 7:47 am

    How many blossoms does it take to be of any benefit?

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