The Dandelion ~ Taraxacum officinalis
The Dandelion comes into flower in Spring, flowering from April to November. It is a storehouse of minerals especially rich in iron, copper and potash. Copper is essential because it activates zinc in the body and then naturally occurring helps heal wounds, fertility, and white blood cell production.
It also contains more vitamin A and C than most other vegetables and fruit.
Dandelion is a good source of support for the liver (hepatic system) and trace elements, (potassium, magnesium and calcium).
Dandelion should not be fed to mares in foal.
Traditionally in Spring, the young leaves have been used in salads to stimulate and cleanse the digestive system, the blood and the kidneys.
The leaves have a proven reputation in relieving fluid retention whether due to heart oedema or an excess of sodium and, therefore, can help to relieve high blood pressure.
The high iron content of both leaves and root helps to combat anaemia. The root is used as a liver remedy especially useful in relieving bilious disorders.
It is also used for its vitamin C content in supplements used to treat COPD.
Encourage the dandelion to flourish in your pastures; it is non-poisonous and entirely beneficial. A few leaves shredded into a mash feed can only improve your horse’s health.