For me, a dandelion evokes childhood memories of making a wish and blowing off the billowy white seeds. Maybe you imagine the dandelion in its earlier formation, with sunny yellow petals, dotting the grass, someone not far off cursing the persistent plant for taking over their lawn. It’s unknown when the dandelion was pinned as a pest but the plant has been used as a remedy for all kinds of ailments for most of recorded history. The plant, also known as Taraxacom officinales, is edible in its entirety. The leaves, the root, and petals can all be beneficial.
Dandelions are incredibly prevalent in most of North America so it is possible to make use of their healing properties simply by gathering the plant from land near you. Be careful to not harvest from any areas where pesticides may have been used, or too close to the road where fumes are absorbed. Every part of the dandelion is supportive of our immune system so we should take advantage of this abundant plant ally.
One of the easy ways to benefit from a dandelion is to use their greens to enhance your salads. You may want to blanch them first for 30 seconds to rid them of a possible bitter taste. The greens are an excellent source of Vitamin K which has been linked to supporting strong, healthy bones, and good cardiovascular health. Dandelion greens are also a great source of protein, fiber, iron, calcium, vitamins C, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, and more!
If you’ve ever split a dandelion stem in half then you’ve seen the milky liquid inside. The milk, sometimes called sap, can be used to treat both bacterial and fungal infections of the skin such as eczema, warts, and ringworm. This is because the milk is highly alkaline. The application of just three drops of the milk threes times a day for a few days can remove skin tags. Eventually, the skin tag will darken and then fall off without any trips to the pharmacy.
The roots of the plant are nutritive and cleansing for the liver, spleen, and pancreas . To make a tea with the root, you’ll need to simmer two teaspoons of the rinsed and cleaned roots in a pot of water with a lid for a minute and then turn off the heat and let it steep for 40 minutes. Then all you’ll have to do is strain the liquid into a teacup. Sweeten with honey or a little agave if you’d like and your root tea is also full of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and other nutrients. The plant's’ leaves can also be used to make a tea. Steeped in hot water for 15-20 minutes, dandelion tea acts as a gentle diuretic and can offer relief if you’re feeling bloated.
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