Surprising facts about Dandelion
The amazing dandelion can be found in almost every field and just know that it is an excellent medicinal and culinary herb. In my garden it is allowed to unfold freely in some places, because I think it’s nice and important.
While most gardeners regarded them as troublesome weed, other people have realized that in reality, they are is a wonder herb that heals not only disease, but preserved as regularly uneaten food, and protect our health. It regulates digestion, nourishes the liver and bile, helps with rheumatism, dissolves kidney stones, can disappear pimples and chronic skin conditions and can be used as all-round tonic for any problems.
Scientific Name: Taraxacum officinale
Family: Daisy Family Asteraceae
Used part of plant: leaves, flowers, roots
Ingredients: bitter substances, vitamins, minerals, choline, inulin
Collection period: leaves and flowers: Spring, Root: spring or early fall
- Blood formation ( haematopoietic)
- blood purifier
- loss of appetite
- Spring fatigue
- chronic joint diseases
- Liver weakness
- Gall weakness
- Kidney stones
- Menopausal symptoms
- Menstrual problems
- chronic skin disease
The most important medicinal plants for home use.
Most effective is dandelion tea or a tincture, it consists of all three parts of plants. The leaves, stem and root.
Dandelion gives vitality
Perhaps you noticed already that dandelion is a particularly persistent and indestructible weed because it grows from the smallest crack in the asphalt and there defying the biggest summer heat itself.
This insensitivity, resistance and vitality transfers on all those who know how to use it. It can be used in the form of salad, tea, vegetable juice (the white milky sap from the stems), fresh plant juice, cold water extract, coffee, wine or dandelion root extract
Dandelion with indigestion
Particularly well known is the positive impact of dandelions on all institutions that are involved in digestion. So Dandelion increases the secretion of gastric juices, stimulates the appetite and also antispasmodic.
Bile and liver
Dandelion also has choleretic effect. This means that it stimulates bile production in the liver, resulting in the precipitation of a thin liquid bile and improves fat metabolism.
For problems with the liver or the gall it is therefore the medicinal plant of choice and is thus traditionally used in hepatitis (jaundice), gallstones, cirrhosis – of course under the supervision of a skilled medical practitioner or physician.
Anyone with the blood sugar problems or already suffering from diabetes, should drink a cup of dandelion tea daily or take its root extract, as it also helps to harmonize an existing imbalance.
Dandelion as a tonic
The dandelion root is a veritable tonic structure similar to ginseng and should be used in all states of weakness in order to bring the body back on track. The root strengthens the kidneys, the liver, the pancreas, the spleen, the intestines and the stomach and helps also to remove toxins from the body.
Conventional diuretic (diuretic drug, commonly known as “water tablets”) not only provide for the diversion of water from the body, but also flood out minerals.
Although dandelion however also acts diuretic, but it supplies the body simultaneously with important minerals, particularly potassium, so that the use – unlike synthetic diuretics – can not lead to mineral deficiencies.
The dandelion is so highly successfully used for urinary tract infections, irritable bladder and other disorders of the urogenital tract.
Helps with skin problems
Even externally, this flower accomplishes wonderful same deeds. Corns, calluses and warts for example can be eliminated by the use of the white sap from the stems
With its antibacterial anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used for the treatment and healing of wounds and prevent infection.
Even pain and / or itching due to insect bites or stings can be alleviated by the application of the vegetable juice from the stalks or the root.
If the stalk juice will not appear effective enough, you can also complete plant crushing to a pulp in a blender with a little water and apply this slurry to the appropriate places.
However this flower benefits not only to distribute certain symptoms, but supplied as food also quite excellent at a multiple of vitality and minerals when you eat it as a salad – namely with about four times as much vitamin A as lettuce, with nine times lots of vitamin C, four times as much vitamin E, eight times as much calcium, four times as much magnesium, three times as much iron and twice the amount of proteins.
Therefore, the dandelion is not only a phenomenal remedy but also a wonderfully nourishing and prophylactically effective food. And if you do not feel like to pick them fresh, then just take a spoonful of leaf powder
In the kitchen
Dandelion tastes simultaneously outstanding. Its leaves can be enjoyed as a salad, vegetables, soup, juice, green smoothies or tea. The flowers can be converted to dandelion wine, dandelion beer and dandelion flowers jelly or decorate as edible decoration dishes of all kinds.
As a drug – because of the higher density of active ingredient – often rather used the root of the dandelion. But you can enjoy the root as a food, in the form of dandelion coffee.
Just one cup of dandelion root coffee a day can bring great improvements in some symptoms. Toast to the carefully washed, dried and crushed roots in a pan (no fat).
Stir repeatedly the root pieces, so they do not turn black during roasting. In a coffee grinder, the roasted pieces are then ground to a fine “coffee powder”.
Per cup, take a teaspoonful of dandelion root powder, boil it briefly and let it draw for half a minute (or longer – depending on your taste).