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6896Re: mouse ear vs dandelion

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  • Brett Chandler-Finch
    Apr 2, 2008
      Below is a comparison of the two herbs taken from Plants for a future

      They are very similar in nature. Grieves references to dandelion in
      the article on mouse ear. The formula is a tonic that can be
      taken by both those who are sick and those who are healthy to maintain
      health. It contains Fennel, Galingale, mouse ear, dittany though I
      may or may not maintain the dittany in the formula. It is a general
      stomachic formula that is taken with food. I have to be really picky
      in the formulas I present physically. normally I only present tonic
      formulas or salves.

      Mouse Ear Pilosella officinarum
      Astringent; Cholagogue; Diaphoretic; Diuretic; Expectorant; Tonic.

      Mouse-ear hawkweed relaxes the muscles of the bronchial tubes,
      stimulates the cough reflex and reduces the production of
      catarrh[254]. This combination of actions makes the herb effective
      against all manner of respiratory problems including asthma,
      wheeziness, whooping cough, bronchitis and other congested and chronic

      The herb is mildly astringent, cholagogue, diaphoretic, strongly
      diuretic, expectorant and tonic[4, 7, 9, 21, 165]. The fresh plant is
      antibiotic[7]. The plant has been regarded as a specific for whooping
      cough[4] and is also used in treating other problems of the
      respiratory system such as asthma, bronchitis and influenza[238]. The
      herb is also taken in the treatment of enteritis, influenza, pyelitis
      and cystitis[9]. It is occasionally used externally in the treatment
      of small wounds and cuts[7].The plant is harvested in May and June
      whilst in flower and can be used fresh or dried[4, 238].

      Taraxacum officinale - Weber.

      dandelion Taraxacum officinale - Weber.

      Aperient; Cholagogue; Depurative; Diuretic; Hepatic; Laxative;
      Stomachic; Tonic; Warts.

      The dandelion is a commonly used herbal remedy. It is especially
      effective and valuable as a diuretic because it contains high levels
      of potassium salts and therefore can replace the potassium that is
      lost from the body when diuretics are used[238]. All parts of the
      plant, but especially the root, are slightly aperient, cholagogue,
      depurative, strongly diuretic, hepatic, laxative, stomachic and
      tonic[4, 7, 9, 21, 54, 165, 176, 222, 238]. The root is also
      experimentally cholagogue, hypoglycaemic and a weak antibiotic against
      yeast infections[222]. The dried root has a weaker action[222]. The
      roots can be used fresh or dried and should be harvested in the autumn
      when 2 years old[4]. The leaves are harvested in the spring when the
      plant is in flower and can be dried for later use[9]. A tea can be
      made from the leaves or, more commonly, from the roots[213]. The plant
      is used internally in the treatment of gall bladder and urinary
      disorders, gallstones, jaundice, cirrhosis, dyspepsia with
      constipation, oedema associated with high blood pressure and heart
      weakness, chronic joint and skin complaints, gout, eczema and
      acne[238]. The plant has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the
      growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Pneumococci, Meningococci, Bacillus
      dysenteriae, B. typhi, C. diphtheriae, Proteus etc[176]. The latex
      contained in the plant sap can be used to remove corns, warts and
      verrucae[7]. The latex has a specific action on inflammations of the
      gall bladder and is also believed to remove stones in the liver[7]. A
      tea made from the leaves is laxative[222].
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