Dandelion Root Benefits & Information

Caution needed if allergic to plants of the Compositae family.

Uses

Both dandelion root and leaves are used medicinally, but for digestive complaints the root is the part you need. Dandelion root stimulates the liver to produce more bile, which in turn means better digestion of fatty food. If you find that fatty food, such as bacon or full-fat cheese, makes you feel heavy and bloated, then taking dandelion will help. Of course, fatty food is not good for us and it is best to avoid it; nevertheless you should be able to digest such food without trouble; if you don’t, then your liver may be a bit sluggish.

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How to take

Dandelion root can be taken as an infusion, decoction (stronger in taste and action than an infusion), dandelion coffee or tincture. They all have a bitter taste.

Dosage

Adults: 1 cup of decoction 1-2 times a day; or 1 cup of infusion 1-2 times a day; or 1 cup of dandelion coffee 1-2 times a day; or 3-5ml diluted with water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

Garlic Benefits & Information

Warning: Do not take large doses for prolonged periods of time or when pregnant or breastfeeding. Not suitable for children under 6.

Caution needed if taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medication.

Uses

Garlic acts against a wide spectrum of bacteria that can cause digestive upsets. It can be used for mild food poisoning, traveller’s diarrhoea, or as a preventative treatment when travelling in exotic countries. It can also be of help for some worm infestations (see post 66).

How to take

For the treatment of digestive problems you can take either fresh or processed garlic. Fresh garlic should be crushed or juiced, while processed garlic can be in the form of tincture, preserved juice, tablets or capsules.

Some people do not tolerate fresh garlic very well, so try a small amount if you have never taken it before. Young garlic is more likely to cause an adverse reaction. You can take garlic at the same time as demulcent (anti-irritant) herbs, such as marshmallow or linseed, to reduce the possibility of irritation.

Dosage

Adults: 0.5-1g of dry powder equivalent in tablets or capsules, 1-3 times a day; or 1 crushed clove, 1-3 times a day, with plenty of water; or 2-4ml diluted with water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:1; or 1 teaspoon of garlic juice diluted with water, 1-3 times a day.

Children (6-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

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