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GAELIC NAME :  Caisearbhán

LATIN NAME : Taraxacum officinale.

COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Blowball Cankerwort Lion's Tooth Priest's Crown Puffball Swine Snout White Endive Wild Endive Piss-a-bed


HABITAT : Found, to the dismay of many, almost everywhere.

DESCRIPTION : The dandelion is a perennial plant. The oblong or spatulate, irregularly dentate or pinnatifid leaves grow in a rosette from the milky taproot, which also send up one or more naked flower stems, each terminating in a single yellow flower. The familiar puffball that succeeds the flower is a globular cluster of achenes, each of which is fitted with a parachute-like tuft.

PROPERTIES : Aperient Cholagogue Diuretic Stomachic Tonic.


Uses:  The leaves made into a tea acts as a diuretic and can help eliminate gall and kidney stones, it also replaces any potassium that might be lost.

The root, when dried, roasted and ground like coffee, is used to make a coffee substitute, much like chicory root. 

The fresh sap can be used for removing warts. It must be applied fresh each day for several weeks for the wart to drop off, but is a painfree way of getting rid of them.

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A Field of Dandelions

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GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Jupiter.
DEITY :  Diancecht Brigit

POWERS : Divination
Wishes Calling Spirits

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To find out how long you will live blow the seeds off the head of a Dandelion. You will live as many years as there are seeds left on the head. To tell time: blow three times at the seed head. The number of seeds left is the hour.  

Call on Diancecht while using for healing, especially urinary problems. 

Call on Brigid for Divination.


Used by 'Fairy Doctors' and herbal healers to cure a variety of maladies, particularly liver complaints.  The Leprechauns often played tricks on mortals using fields of flowers such as dandelions to confuse them.

The Leprechaun and Jack Fox


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