Dandelion is a ubiquitous plant that has attained its name from French dents-de-lion, the tooth of the lion. The idea behind such a fancy name is that the vibrant yellow-colored flowers represent the lion while the serrated leaves depict its teeth.
This tap-rooted, herbaceous perennial belongs to the family Asteraceae.
The serrated leaves are 2 to 10 inches long while the color of its flower dangles from yellow to orange that stays open in day time but closes at night. Its taproot can amazingly penetrate the soil up to 10 to 15 feet.
From root to fluff, the plant is brimmed with a myriad of fringe benefits. It believed to treat gastrointestinal and liver problems. Also, it has been seen that this vibrant plant can manage acne, eczema, diabetes, high cholesterol, and cancer too. Above all, it is famous for its purported anxiolytic properties along with the strengthening of bones and prevention of urinary tract infection.
The whole plant of dandelion is abundant with a plethora active ingredients, including, bitter glycosides, triterpenoids, tannins, volatile oils, inulin, vitamins A, B complex, C, Calcium, Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Zinc.
The history of Dandelions is as old as humans. Its use is documented by ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians where it was initially used as a diuretic and for improvement in the functionality of the digestive tract. Later on, with the advancement of the world, the uses of Dandelion got recognition and more benefits got associated with it that revolutionized its profile.