What is Dandelion?

What is Dandelion? Dandelion is an herbaceous plant that is a whole lot more than just an annoying weed in your lawn. For most health purposes, Dandelion leaves are at their best just, and offer their ultimate health properties just as they are emerging from the ground. They have a very distinct look and are not easy to confuse with any other plant.

Dandelion leaves can be bitter, and how bitter will depend upon when you harvest them. However, many people find the bitterness appealing.

Dandelion Leaves

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Dandelions leaves are considered an herb, and are actually extremely nutritious, much more so than any herb that can be purchased in the stores. They are higher in beta carotene than carrots, and they contain more iron and calcium than spinach.

Dandelion leaves are also full of vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, E, P, D, biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc.

Dandelions leaves blend very nicely with other salad vegetables and are also nice when sauteed or steamed. Many people say that they taste a lot like endive.

People who are into eating the fruits of nature claim that it is perfectly acceptable to eat the flower of the Dandelion plant too. They can be battered and fried, and dandelions flowers make a colorful addition to a stir fry meal.

Traditionally, Dandelion leaves are used in an herbal tonic that is widely renowned for it’s strengthening and restorative effects on the whole of the human body.

Dandelion Root: The root of the Dandelion plant is one of the safest and most popular herbal remedies on the market and is widely used. It has very beneficial effects on the liver and gallbladder as it promotes the flow of bile. Dandelion root contains taraxacin so it reduces the inflammation to the bile ducts and reduces gallstones. It is commonly used for Hepatitis, liver swelling, and jaundice. It also helps with indigestion.


What is Dandelion? Herb Information


Dandelion also goes by the French name, Pissenlit. Ironically enough when used in the tea form made by the leaves or the root has a diuretic on the kidneys.

Over the counter diuretics have a tendency to suck the potassium out of the body but not the Dandelion leaves. Dandelion root tea has helped some actually avoid surgery for urinary stones. Dandelions are really just good for overall health and well being so just about anyone could benefit from a cup of dandelion tea.

Many herbalists say that incorporated the leaves of the Dandelion plant into evening meals every day will assist in better digestion.

When you take a Dandelion plant and break the stem you will find that there is a milky white substance inside. This substance is excellent for assistance in removing moles, warts, calluses, healing pimples, soothing of bee stings, and blisters.

Some other things that Dandelion has been popular in the past for is making Dandelion jam. Ground and roasted Dandelion root makes a very pleasant alternative to coffee. Many people also love to drink Dandelion wine, for it’s appealing taste as well as it’s therapeutic properties.

Today, Europeans use Dandelion roots to make herbal medicines and find it hard to believe that Americans refer to this highly beneficial plant as a weed when it has such positive health benefits for the liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder and the stomach.

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