small bee enjoying a Taraxacum officinale (dandelion)
All parts of the plant contain a somewhat 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 (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.
vernacular names for the dandelion include 'wet-the-bed' and 'pissy-beds', which refer to the belief that just touching part of a dandelion can cause bed-wetting. Dandelion fruiting heads are familiar to children as dandelion clocks, which are used to 'tell the time' by the number of blows taken to remove the fruits (for this reason dandelions are often known as 'blowballs' in the USA)
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