Dandelion is one of those herbs that have different medicinal properties in various parts of the plants. It is native to Europe and Asia and both the roots and leaves are used therapeutically in herbal medicine.
Overall, dandelion is a good detoxifying herb. Both the leaves and roots have similar properties, but each have their different strengths. The leaves are a well-known herbal diuretic and is often used to help with problems such as water retention, urinary tract infections and hypertension (high blood pressure). The root however offers great liver support, encouraging it to fulfil its detoxifying role and it acts as a mild laxative too.
It is seen as a common weed over here in the UK and you can probably find it in every location you go to. It arrives in spring, which coincides with its use, as spring is generally a good time for one to ‘detox’.