Dandelion mother tincture: preparation, properties, benefits and use

The mother tincture of dandelion is used for its purifying action on the excretory organs, especially the liver. Let’s find out more.

Properties of dandelion mother tincture

Taraxacum officinale contains triterpene alcohols (taratol, taraxerol, beta amyrin, armidiol); sterols (stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol); vitamins (A,B,C,D); phenolic acids (caffeic, p-hydroxyphenylacetic), amino acids, inulin, pectins, choline, bitter principles (dandelion), mineral salts. These active ingredients give the plant purifying, bitter-tonic and digestiveproperties.

Dandelion mother tincture is used to stimulate digestive and liver function; promote the regularity of intestinal transit and the drainage of body fluids, because it is able to activate the excretory organs (liver, kidneys, skin) used for the transformation of toxins (sugars, triglycerides, cholesterol and uric acids), in the form most suitable for their elimination (feces, urine, sweat) and thus detoxify the body.

The bitter principles contained in it, stimulate the secretions of all the glands of the gastrointestinal system (saliva, gastric, pancreatic, intestinal juices), producing asecondary laxative action and diuresis; while thanks to inulin, it exerts ahypoglycemic action,stabilizing blood glucose levels.

The hydroalcoholic extract is therefore indicated in all those pathological situations both external and internal that require ahigh purifying action,in support of the liver, kidneys and skin. Its use is therefore indicated in case of liver insufficiency or congestion,inflammation of the bile duct, hepatitis, jaundice, gallstones, cholecystitis, hepatocholecystopathies, constipation, rheumatism, acne, cellulite, edema, cholesterol, obesity from water retention, gout, diabetes.

Description of the plant

Dandelion grows everywhere on meadows, on the edge of roads and in uncultivated places, from the plains to the alpine area up to over 2000 m. Perennial herbaceous plant, it has a large taproot from which develops, at ground level, a basal rosette of leaves equipped with short and underground stems. The leaves are simple, oblong, lanceolate and lobed, with toothed margin without stipules.

The stem,which evolves later from the leaves, is a hollow, hairless and milky scape, carrying at the apex a yellow-goldeninflorescence, called peep. The flower head is formed by two rows of membranous bracts, bent back and with the function of a calyx, enclosing the receptacle, on which hundreds of flowers are inserted, called flosculi.

The fruits are achenes, provided with the characteristic pappus:a tuft of white hairs, originating from the modified calyx, which, acting as a parachute, facilitates the dispersion of the seed with the wind, when it detaches from the flower head.

How to prepare the mother tincture of dandelion

The “drug” (used part) corresponds to the flowering plant harvested in spring. The mother tincture of dandelion is prepared with a drug weight ratio: solvent of 1:10 and alcohol content of 45% vol.


Mother tinctures have no contraindications except those of the plant itself, diluted in a little water can be given to everyone, the alcohol contained in them is thus diluted, so it is harmless.

Internal use: 50 drops in a little water three times a day before or between meals.

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