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Dandelion: Priests Crown, Swine's Snout, Pis en Lit (Fr).Taraxacum Officinale; N.O.Asteraceae (Compositae)

Parts used medicinally: roots, both fresh and dried, and the young tops. All parts of the plant contain a bitter milky juice latex) but the juice of the root being still more powerful is the part of the plant most used for medicinal purposes.

Medicinal actions and uses: Diuretic, tonic and slightly aperient. It is a general stimulant to the system, but especially to the urinary organs, and is chiefly used in kidney and liver disorders.

Bees and other insects: The dandelion is an important plant for honey bees. It furnishes considerable quantities of both nectar and pollen in the early part of the year when the fruit blossoms are over. It has been observed that ninety three different kinds of insects are in the habit of  frequenting the plant; attracted by the copious nectar.

Dandelion Tea: Infuse 1oz of Dandelion in a pint of boiling water for ten minutes. Decant, sweeten with honey and drinkseveral glasses in the course of the day. Efficacious in bilious infections. Also much used in the treatment of dropsy.