The leaves and the root of the dandelion plant are widely used for its herbal benefits. It is a source of vitamins A, B complex and C, zinc, sodium, selenium, silicon, protein, phosphorus, potassium, glycosides, triterpenes, tannins, inulin, volatile oils and fiber. "It is extremely versatile, as the whole plant can be used for medicinal purposes as well as for culinary uses. All parts of the plant have a mild stimulating effect. It is one of the oldest medicinal herbs. The young leaves can be used as a highly nutritious salad and it is considered a blood cleanser due to its diuretic and digestive aid."
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