Dandelions

Many people out there are fanatics when it comes to attaining the perfect lawn; which reminds me of a commercial about a weed killer.  A man has just finished grooming his lawn and a child walks by with a dandelion that has gone to seed.  Next thing you know the child happily blows on the dandelion fluff to make a wish.  In slow motion, you see the man yell, “Noooo” as he’s running to catch the fluff before it lands in his yard.

The commercial is funny because it’s true.  People go to great lengths to rid their lawn of dandelions, using all sorts of noxious weed killers.  Yes the dandelion is not exactly a lovely flower and the leaves taste quite bitter, but did you ever stop to appreciate how beneficial this plant is for our bodies?  

The properties of dandelions include: stimulating the liver; stimulating the appetite; stimulating the gall bladder; acting as a mild laxative; and relieving irritation of mucous membranes (Dandelion Root, n.d.).  Charlie Pulsipher (2013) also notes that you can use dandelions for: cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and for the immune system.  

The simplest method of using dandelions is to make a tea, which contains numerous vitamins and nutrients.  You can use the flowers, leaves and roots either individually or use all three together.  If you are wild harvesting the dandelions, be sure that they are pesticide free and wash them well.  

Dandelion Tea Recipe

  • 1 Teaspoon of dandelion leaves and/or flowers
  • 1 Cup of boiling water
  • Loose leaf tea infuser

Directions

  • Bring fresh water to boil in a tea kettle or sauce pan
  • Place the herbs in the tea infuser, then in a mug and pour in the boiling water
  • Steep for about 10 minutes then remove the infuser
  • Sip and enjoy daily or as desired

If you’d like to jazz up the tea you can add peppermint, honey or a squeeze of lemon.  

The next time your neighbor tries to break out the weed killer, just show them this blog post and see if that will change their mind.

References
Dandelion Root. (n.d.). Mountain Rose Herbs. Retrieved from https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/dandelion-root/profile.

Pulsipher, C. (2013, April 15). 11 Health Benefits of Dandelion and Dandelion Root. Sun Warrior. Retrieved from http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/


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