Dandelion is an all-around medicinal power- house. Its root, brewed in tea, is used to support the liver, encourage populations of healthy intestinal flora, and stimulate digestive processes through its bitter flavor. The roots can also be roasted and made into a hearty coffee-like beverage.
The root was listed as official in the United States National Formulary, in the pharmacopeias of Austria and the Czech Republic, in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia, and the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia amongst others. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar strongly promotes this herb, saying that it is "invaluable to women going through menopause." Dandelion root's benefit to the digestive tract is twofold as it contains inulin and is also a bitter digestive tonic which tones the digestive system and stimulates the appetite. It calms heat and also hot emotions and is thus helpful in those that are irritated.