Taraxacum officinalis L., Asteraceae
Dandelion root is a tonic, known to cleanse liver, blood, and the digestive system. It strengthens the gallbladder and the stomach in their functions. Dandelion root tisane has a rich, full-bodied, almost black tea taste. For root and bark tisanes, it's best to pulverize the desired quantity of plant material in a coffee grinder or food processor, then prepare the infusion, and strain the liquid through a coffee filter.
Dandelion roots are rich in vitamins and minerals. After studying the potential anti-cancer properties of dandelion root for two years, Siyaram Pandey and his team of researchers at the University of Windsor in Ontario have received an additional research grant in April 2012 to study the efficacy of dandelion root in fighting cancer.
We wild-harvest dandelion root in the spring and fall in the wilderness of northern Saskatchewan.