Dandelion -Taraxacum officinale
The flowers have anti inflammatory and pain killing properties, an infused oil could be part of pain killing salve. They also have antiviral properties when taken internally.
The root contains high concentrations of inulin and can be eaten as a cooked vegetable.
The leaves have few medicinal properties, however they do have high nutritional content.
If you have not been exposed to this plant before then do skin patch tests for each part of the plant you wish to use because some people do experience allergic reactions, mostly to the pollen and sap.
The leaves also contain high levels of oxalic acid which can cause kidney stones.
Antacids, blood thinning medications, diuretics, diabetes medications, medications broken down in the liver, ciproflaxen, lithium.
Because dandelion can worsen the side effects of lithium it is best to avoid dandelion flowers and roots completely while on this medication.
If an allergic reaction is suspected wash area with soap and water and monitor to ensure it doesn’t worsen. If taken internally and an allergic reaction is suspected contact emergency services and explain, an antihistamine may be recommended or a trip to the emergency room depending on severity.
If a drug interaction is suspected contact emergency services immediately. Dandelion can worsen the side effects of Lithium and may be the hardest to detect as a drug interaction.
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