Many people look at dandelions as annoying weeds that take up space in the yard. However, they provide a number of health benefits that should push them into the category of ‘beloved plant’. There are a number of ways to use dandelions to improve your health and even treat certain chronic health problems.
These roots may grow just about everywhere—you should always either grow your own or find a place that doesn’t have chemicals to harvest yours. The main nutrients found in dandelions actively and consistently work to improve health, while others provide the needed fuel for your body to improve its own functions.
Dandelion Health Benefits
A cheerful looking plant, the dandelion provides a wealth of beta-carotene to allow your body to continue converting vitamin A. In addition, it provides a lot of other nutrients, including phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C, fiber, calcium, iron, zinc, and magnesium. It offers more protein than spinach and gives the body B complex vitamins, vitamin D, and trace minerals.
Dandelions can be used to treat a variety of common ailments, from kidney detoxification to digestion support. They can be eaten, mixed into drinks or turned into medicinal ointments to provide relief to a wide range of physical problems.
- Dandelions contain compounds, for example, that aid in blood sugar and insulin regulation. This means dandelion can help keep your insulin levels regular and at a healthy range.
- Dandelions fight high blood pressure by providing high levels of potassium and fiber.
- It can help lower cholesterol levels, keeping them in check and increasing good levels.
- It is an anti-cancer weed that provides valuable antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fatty acids.
- Dandelion can protect your gallbladder, as well as reduce inflammation throughout the body and cure gallbladder problems or blockages.
- It relieves swelling, pain and other uncomfortable afflictions as well.
How to Use Dandelion
Dandelions are available fresh or dried, and can work well in a number of different recipes. Fresh dandelion is simple to prepare, and can be mixed into a salad. Simply wash the leaves, stem and roots before mixing into other greens.
Making a Tincture: Cleanse the dry leaves, just as you would if they were fresh, and hang it until dry. Grind it up, add 1 part dandelion root, 2 parts water and 3 parts alcohol and let it sit for 2 weeks. Shake the mixture each day throughout the 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks are up, strain it through a cheesecloth to cleanse it and seal it in a glass container. You can take 1-2 tablespoons per day.
Making the Tea: Pick some young tender leaves (snipping them at the base) and wash, chop, and place them in hot water to steep for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, put some dandelion flowers in a cup of hot water and steep for 20 minutes. Let it cool, strain, and sweeten to taste. The root can also be used. Chop 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried root, place in a sauce pan of boiling water and leave to simmer for approximately 20 minutes. Allow the decoction to settle, and then strain. Enjoy however you like it—sweetened or unsweetened.
How and Where to Buy
Dandelion is a super herb! It offers a lot in terms of nutrients, and other health benefits. By using dandelions, you can experience a complete turnaround for your body’s current physical health, while learning to enjoy a plant that you once thought was a weed.