The medicinal properties of Dandelions (Taraxacum) have been known for millennia. The active ingredient is taraxacum (from which the plant derives its scientific name), which is found in the whole of the plant.
This is a recipe for making a dandelion decoction, which uses the roots of dandelions. Prepared this way, the root is a liver tonic, reducing inflammation and congestion. Whilst we’ve never tried it, a dandelion root decoction is supposedly a good hangover relief. Be careful though as too much can have a laxative effect!
Take a couple of teaspoons of dried dandelion root and put it in a saucepan. Ordinarily we try to avoid collecting plants for their roots as once you’ve dug them up you’ve effectively killed the plant. But some are so common and so abundant that collecting a few shouldn’t have too much impact. Try to dig them up in good quality soil as it is likely to make the digging easier and also the roots should be bigger.
Add a cup of water, bring it to the boil and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a cup.
The resultant liquid is quite bitter, but aim for 3 cups a day.