I could not pass up telling you about the amazing secret life of the natural dandelion.
Before you start killing dandelions on your dandelion lawn, did you know that the dandelion benefits include a highly prized herb?
This lowly plant, disdained by nearly all homeowners and landscapers alike, is probably one of the most versatile healing herbs you could ever possibly find. It has been described as “a plant for which we once knew the use for but we have forgotten”.
Dandelion Health Benefits:
Dandelions are a rich source of vitamin A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as potassium, zinc, and fair amounts of iron and manganese, which contain a higher mineral content than similar leafy greens such as spinach. One cup of dandelion leaves amounts to 112% of the daily-recommended dose of vitamin A, 32% of vitamin C, 535% of vitamin K and 218 mg potassium, 103 mg calcium, and 1.7 mg of iron. Wow!
When ingested, dandelions are also an excellent source of vitamin H, which aids in weight loss reduction. The leaves and roots of the dandelion, or the whole plant, are used fresh or dried in dandelion teas, capsules, or extracts.
Dandelion supplements are available in a variety of Natural Health Food stores. But why go for dandelion supplements when you can pluck them right from your own very yard!
Dandelion Medicinal Uses:
Dandelion mead (the flowers, roots and leaves), have been used for centuries in traditional medicine & medicinal teas. In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver detoxification.
The Native Americans were known to have used a dandelion decoction (liquid made by boiling down the herb in water ~Dandelion Tea) to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset. They also used the natural dandelion as a diuretic and for inflammation reduction.
Chinese medical practitioners have used the dandelion tool to treat digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow). In Europe, herbalists incorporated it into dandelion remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.
Today, dandelion roots are mainly used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function.
The fresh root or its preparations are thought to be more potent than the dried root itself. Additionally, dandelion leaves are believed to have a diuretic effect as they increase salt and water to stimulate the excretion of urine from the kidneys. There is also evidence that this property of dandelion leaves may normalize blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Wait, that’s not all, because the natural dandelion flower is also edible. You can use the flower and leaves in salads and there are dandelion tea benefits as well.
The roasted, ground roots can be used as a caffeine-free dandelion coffee. The flower, additionally, makes a terrific jelly. And who hasn’t heard of Dandelion wine? The flower petals, along with other natural ingredients, have been used for century’s to make dandelion wine. What great stuff! And of course, so natural! Dandelion Recipes Here!
Dandelion Side Effects:
The uses of dandelion are generally considered safe. However, there have been rare incidences of upset stomach and diarrhea, and some people are allergic to the plant. People with an inflamed or infected gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts, should avoid using the natural dandelion in any form what so ever. Please experiment with a small dosage at first before ingesting and consult a herbal practitioner if any symptoms should arise.
If this has interested you so far, forget about dandelion supplements. The next time your child plucks a batch of dandelions to present to you as their prize, why not teach them the dandelion herbs benefit, by sharing a refreshing cup of dandelion tea instead of letting the dandelions wilt in a vase upon the dining room table. “OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES” to quote an old expression.
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