Though widely considered a weed by many, the plant has a variety of culinary and medicinal uses. For example, in the UK alone, it is a popular soft drink paired with burdock. Its flowers can famously be made into a wine, while its vitamin packed leaves are edible and used as a vegetable. The dandelion has also been made into flower jams, syrup and non-caffeinated coffee substitutes. Besides its mildly laxative properties, the dandelion increases appetite and improves digestion. Its milky sap are also thought to be useful mosquito repellents and as a folk remedy in the treatment of warts.