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(Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion is a natural diuretic and digestive aid. Its high mineral content may help prevent iron-deficiency anemia. This herb also reduces high blood pressure, probably due to its diuretic action. Dandelion is rich in potassium, which works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance and normalize heart rhythms. This vital mineral is often flushed from the body by synthetic diuretics. Dandelion enhances liver and gallbladder function and has traditionally been used by herbal healers to treat liver disorders such as jaundice (a condition caused by an excess amount of bile in the blood). Dandelion is rich in lecithen, a substance researchers believe may protect against cirrhosis of the liver. 

Possible Benefits:

  • Helps rid the body of excess water and salt.
  • May decrease high blood pressure by ridding the body of excess fluid, thus reducing the amount of fluid the heart must pump to circulate blood.
  • Good for the digestion.
  • Protects against liver and gallbladder disorders.
  • May protect against iron-deficiency anemia.

How to Use It:


  • Capsules: Take 1 up to 3 times daily.
  • Extract: Mix 10 to 30 drops in juice or water daily.

Personal Advice:

A combination of dandelion root, ginseng, and ginger root has worked wonders for people suffering from low blood sugar, along with a sound nutritional diet. A cup of this special blend (using either extracts or dried herbs) 3 times a day will do the trick.

Loves Me… Loves Me Not

Before the days of Ouija boards, the feathery seed balls of the dandelion were used by young maidens to determine if their true loves were really true. A maiden would blow on the dandelion three times, if at lease one of the fuzzy seeds remained, it was taken as an omen that her sweetheart was thinking about her.

Source: Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible. Photo source.

If you have impaired liver function you should avoid dandelion. Please do not use it to treat jaundice.

If you are on other medications, do some research before using dandelion. Dandelion interacts with a number of commonly used medications, causing effective over- or under-dosing, because it’s metabolized by a particular pathway in the liver, and the liver can only get so much done at once via that pathway. So it will compete with any other medication that’s metabolized via the same pathway for the liver’s time and energy, so to speak. Result: those meds may stay in your system for longer and in higher quantities than they were designed to do (overdosing), or, conversely, may not make it into your system fast enough or in sufficient quantity to be effective (underdosing).

I’m not comprehensively against herbal medicine. But herbs that work, work because they contain active compounds, just like regular old allopathic Western medicines made by Big Pharma booga booga booga. And active compounds tend to have side effects as well as desired effects; what you’re getting is nonstandardized and the seller has little accountability; and damaging misinformation is rife out there. In a lot of indications, and for a lot of herbs, it doesn’t matter much one way or another, but in areas where there’s a very low safety margin for error, it’s not a great idea to play with a modality that, for the most part, inherently involves non-standardized dosing. This liver stuff is an example of an area where herbal medicine can fuck you up.

See also: milk thistle.

#rant mode #PSA

This.  Of course, nothing beats a dandelion green salad in the beginning of Spring.  The leaves are edible and tasty with some fresh strawberry vinegrette and goat cheese.  

Butt Appreciation Post



I like a lot of butts. So I decided to post them all. :) Enjoy.


1. Benedict Cumberbatch (obvs)

2. David Tennantimage

3. Matt Smith

4. Andrew Scott

5. Jensen Ackles

6. Jared Padalecki

7. Misha Collins

8. John Barrowman

9. Tom Hiddleston

10. Jason Isaacs

Look at those booties. Damn.

Amazed at the fact that this is still going.




Many cancer patients can be overwhelmed with the physical and emotional difficulties of their disease, and the loss of their hair from chemotherapy treatment certainly doesn’t help. Henna Heals, a rich community of nearly 150 henna tattoo artists worldwide established by a team of 5 women in Canada, helps women with cancer feel confident and beautiful again by drawing elegant henna crowns on their bare heads:

The intricate patterns that the artists create with all-natural henna paste are a unique and empowering substitute to the hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair to chemotherapy. “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” claims Frances Darwin, the founder of Henna Heals. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”

The traditional South-Asian temporary tattoos, which are made with 100% natural home-made henna paste, last for around two weeks and have no harmful side-effects. Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and does belly painting for mother-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to compensate the cost of the henna crowns they make for cancer patients.

I could yell ‘cultural appropriation’ right now but I don’t wanna because, fuck yeah, this is a great idea. And I’m gonna tell you why. 

In India, where I come from, in the Hindu community, henna is associated purely with religious or matrimonial ceremonies. During religious festivals, women wear it as a sign of not just celebration, but purity. Again, during weddings, the bride wears henna up to her elbows and up to her ankles, and, traditionally, there is a ‘mehendi (our word for henna that is applied on the skin) ceremony’ where the women dance and sing bawdy wedding songs and bless the new bride with fertility. The darkness of the mehendi is supposed to predict how deep the bond with the new husband will be, because, traditionally, marriages are arranged, so its a bit of a gamble, and women are forced to read signs into every little thing. A practice that is supposed to be for decoration then becomes a way to grade the new bride’s purity, chastity and the future happiness of her marriage. The same association with chastity and purity applies during religious ceremonies.

Whenever I apply mehendi at a someone’s wedding, I always feel a niggling of GUILT, and ANXIETY - for not being the ideal Hindu woman; for being neither chaste, or pure, or even remotely spiritual. And mehendi, despite its prettiness, is also associated with a certain rigid idea of womanhood, motherhood and femininity. I say BREAK THAT.

That’s why this beautiful, beautiful idea is a great way to unhinge leaf-paste (because that’s what it is!) from all sorts of medieval ideas about how women should be womanly. If it helps set anyone free, helps anyone feel pretty and proud, I say go for it.

Because that’s what this is - reclaiming an art practiced in a female space, democratizing it, opening it up, applying it on anyone and everyone, free of moral and value judgement. Bringing it back to the delight possibly felt by women in Asia millenia back when they giggled ‘Ooh, hey lemme draw a flower on you with that cute leaf-paste’. Reclaiming it for us, and for all our uses, in all our different lives. This makes me fiercely happy.

This is really beautiful.

Henna also has properties that strengthen hair and skin.  So the henna that is on their scalps, will get into the folicle and start enforcing the nascent hair…strengthening the newly forming shaft so she’ll have absolutely fucking strong and radiant hair when it grows back.



the worst is when you’re reading a really good book that follows multiple characters’ stories and you love it 90% of the time until it periodically switches back to that one character’s story that you just could not care less about and it’s like an entire chapter of internal groaning while waiting for the plot to switch back to a character you actually care about

Swan Song,  Roland.  FUCK HIM.

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