Dandelions, the most misunderstood flower. You see a weed, I see healing/ healthy benefits.
After having the only man you’ve known as your father being diagnosed with cancer, you tend to look for other ways that he can be healed rather than standard medicine. Dandelions have been used in herbal medicine for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The benefits of this common plant will probably surprise you.
5 Reasons Why Dandelions Are More Than a Weed
1. They are nutritious:
Dandelions have more vitamins and minerals than kale and spinach and can be eaten cooked or raw. They also contain vitamin E, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and small amounts of other B vitamins and more!
2. They are a powerful antioxidant:
Essentially, they protect our cells from free radicals that bring on heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down the food you eat, or when you’re exposed to tobacco smoke, radiation, or any hazardous environmental factors.
3. They reduce inflammation:
Since they contain antioxidant compounds, they’re also anti-inflammatory. Some doctors believe that inflammation plays a role in many diseases. So eat and drink up!
4. Promote a Healthy Liver:
It has the ability to increase the flow of bile, which means that dandelion root tea could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of liver disease.
5. Regulate Blood Sugar:
Chicoric and chlorogenic acid are two bioactive compounds found in all parts of the dandelion plant are said to reduce blood sugar.
Dandelions are best harvested in the Springtime. The longer they sit, the more they’re scorched by the sun which brings out a bitter taste, but their leaves and roots can be harvested at any time. Just grab a spade shovel and dig out a circle around the dandelion.
Be sure not to harvest in an area where toxic pesticides have been sprayed or fertilized and wash them off before consuming.
Once done harvesting, wrap them in paper towels and store them in plastic bags in your refrigerator, where they can remain fresh for around three days. Avoid washing them because this may lead to spoilage.
So the next time you see a dandelion, don’t think of it as a nuisance in your yard, pick them, and make some delicious dandelion tea, dandelion salad, or many of the other recipes below.
How to Cook Dandelion Roots – Practical Self Reliance
Dandelion Jelly – Country Living in a Cariboo Valley
Delicious Dandelion Blossom Honey Butter – The Homesteading Hippy
Homemade Dandelion Bread – Homespun Seasonal Living
Dandelion Cupcakes with Sunflower Seeds – Simply Beyond Herbs
Dandelion Candy – Homestead Lady
Dandelion Flower Fritters – Learning and Yearning
Minestra: Healthy Greens & Beans – Christina’s Cucina
Dandelion Egg Noodles – Homespun Seasonal Living
How to Make Dandelion Pesto – Learning and Yearning
Dandelion Peanut Butter Cookies – Homespun Seasonal Living
Dandelion Honey – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
10 Delicious Ways to Eat Dandelions – The Soft Landing
How to Make Dandelion Tea – The Homesteading Hippy
How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee – Practical Self Reliance
Overnight Decoction of Dandelions & Nettles – Eat Beautiful
Dandelion Wine – Country Living in a Cariboo Valley
How to Make Dandelion Oil – Homespun Seasonal Living
Dandelion Infused Lip Balm – The Homesteading Hippy
How to Make Dandelion Tincture – Practical Self Reliance
Dandelion Salve Recipe for Dry, Cracked Skin – Your Beauty Blog
DIY Dandelion Citrus Lotion Bar – The Soft Landing
Dandelion Infused Shampoo Bar – The Homesteading Hippy