6896Re: mouse ear vs dandelion
- Apr 2, 2008Below 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. 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. The plant has been regarded as a specific for whooping
cough and is also used in treating other problems of the
respiratory system such as asthma, bronchitis and influenza. The
herb is also taken in the treatment of enteritis, influenza, pyelitis
and cystitis. It is occasionally used externally in the treatment
of small wounds and cuts.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. 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. The dried root has a weaker action. The
roots can be used fresh or dried and should be harvested in the autumn
when 2 years old. The leaves are harvested in the spring when the
plant is in flower and can be dried for later use. A tea can be
made from the leaves or, more commonly, from the roots. 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. The plant has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the
growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Pneumococci, Meningococci, Bacillus
dysenteriae, B. typhi, C. diphtheriae, Proteus etc. The latex
contained in the plant sap can be used to remove corns, warts and
verrucae. The latex has a specific action on inflammations of the
gall bladder and is also believed to remove stones in the liver. A
tea made from the leaves is laxative.
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