You no longer need to puff the dandelion fluff to make a wish, dandelions could literally make your wishes come through!
It’s not very well known that dandelion is not just a weed, but an excellent food and herbal medicine as well. Plus, anyone should be able to find it, grow it, and put it to use. How convenient is that?!
Dandelion is rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. It’s a good place to get B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even some vitamin D too. Dandelion also contains protein, more than spinach. It has been eaten for thousands of years as a food and as a medicine to treat anemia, scurvy, skin problems, blood disorders, and depression.
contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.
boosts immune system and fights off microbes and fungi
strengthens bones and protects it from aged related damage
helps cure liver disorders and promotes digestion
aids in weight loss
dandelion juice is useful in treating acne
reduces risks of cancer & urinary tract infection
stimulates insulin production & lowers blood sugar levels
dandelion milk is useful for treating skin diseases
dandelion juice lowers high blood pressure, and
dandelions can also be used as a vegetable and is a good source of fiber.
Dandelion leaves, flowers, and roots are all edible (just make sure you pluck them from chemical free soil). They have a slightly bitter flavor that can be minimized by harvesting them in the fall or spring. The young leaves are tenderer and less bitter, making a great addition to raw salads. Cooking dandelion cuts the bitter taste of both the leaves and the roots. Dandelion should also be available in supplement form from your local Health Store.
So, next time you go on your walk, try and find some dandelions for your dinner tonight!
NOTE: Taking dandelion may cause side effects.Please speak to your doctor or dietitian if you think you need to adjust your diet.