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You may think you already know the Dandelion but as with all of mother nature’s treasures, it could yet surprise you. Often derided as a simple garden weed, it helps to remind us that ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently put it, “A weed is simply a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” In the case of Swanson Dandelion Root, how true that is. The Taraxacum is a large genus of flowering plants from which T. officinale and T. erythrospermum are borne.
We know them because we have seen them in our gardens, across meadows and through fields for most of our lives. We know them because when we were young we liked to blow at their heads and watch their seeds float off on the breeze. We know them because we were told they were little more than pesky roots.
We thought we knew them. The name Dandelion actually comes from ‘dent-de-lion’, French for ‘Lion’s tooth’, referring to their pin-shaped airborne seeds. They have been used to make everything from wine to honey substitutes and are edible in their entirety.
Swanson Dandelion Root, has harnessed their most nutritious point - their rhizomes. Which, as it happens are absolutely bursting with vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as minerals like iron, zinc and potassium.
It is that incredible armoury of vitamins and minerals which makes Swanson Dandelion Root such a unique and potent herbal remedy. A fact that was not lost on generations of folk remedies of the past.
Native Americans used to boil the Dandelion in water to create a brew which they believed would treat kidney disease, skin problems, heartburn, inflammation, and appendicitis. In Europe, we would eat the Dandelion whole to battle problems like fever, boils and diarrhoea - as it turns out, that last one might have been a bit of an error.
Swanson Dandelion Root is actually something of a diuretic and like most diuretics, its beneficial value comes from its ability to flush out our kidneys and liver and cleanse us from within.
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