Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Dandelions need little introduction as you have probably seen them growing on neighborhood lawns. The plant has been valued since Ancient Greek Times for its internally cleansing and diuretic effects. Nowadays they are merely thought of as a weed, but this humble plant has far more to offer than being a gardeners nuisance.
Dandelion gets its name from the French,
“dent de lion” meaning “Lion’s teeth” because of its ragged shaped leaves. Once you learn to spot the single stock yellow flower with luscious green leaves and downward spikes, you’ll start spotting them everywhere.
Next time you let your lawn get away from you, like we did, harvest some of those dandelions before mowing and experience the plethora of health benefits they have to offer.
Learn about the medicinal benefits of dandelions
Plant Parts Used
Good Source of
Vitamin A, C, K, E and folate
Minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium
Inulin (a prebiotic fiber and carbohydrate called oligosaccharide)
Roots of dandelion are rich in inulin, a soluble plant fiber that supports the maintenance of a healthy gut flora
Potent source of antioxidants beta-carotene and polyphenols
Help neutralize or prevent the effects of free radicals in the body.
Too many free radicals contribute to disease development and accelerated aging.
Beta-carotene provides protection against cellular damage from oxidative stress
Used to Treat
Indigestion, Constipation & Sluggish Digestion
Useful after consuming a heavy meal
Acts as a bitter tonic and mild laxative, improving digestion
Consume as directed in tea, tablet, or tincture form
Fluid Retention & Urinary Infections
Improve the flow of urine and enhance kidney function
Consume as directed in tea, tincture or capsule form
Dandelion is a useful detoxifying remedy because of its ability to cleanse the blood and tissues
Eat fresh leaves, or consume as directed in capsules or tinctures form
Freshly Harvested & Cleaned Dandelion Greens
If you are looking for a coffee alternative, roasted and ground dandelion roots resemble the sought after taste of coffee, without the anxious jittery effects.
The roots are the most medicinally rich part of the plant, harvested typically in the fall when their bitter compounds are at their highest levels.
The bitter leaves of dandelions eaten sautéed or having fresh leaves in a salad may help increase the action of the liver to digest fatty foods in a meal.
Try pairing sautéed leafy chard and dandelion greens with your next steak.
Try wilting dandelion greens and adding them to your next batch of mac n cheese or creamy pasta.
Young dandelion leaves make a delightful bitter cleansing tea that increases kidney function, and is best drank in small amounts
Do not use dandelion medically if you are taking diuretic medications or if you have been medically diagnosed with a kidney problem - seek medical advice first.
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