When we think of the dandelion, probably the first thing that comes to our mind is weed that spoils our lovely lawn, not even knowing the healing properties this herb possesses. Even in the ancient Chinese medicine dandelion was among 6 must-have plants in home pharmacy. The best thing about this plant is that we can use all its parts. Let’s also add that dandelion can be used throughout the whole year, in spring when young dandelion leaves have the highest concentration of the vitamin C and more iron than in spinach.
Healing properties of dandelion
Dandelion has a versatile use, all its parts.
It is best to be picked until it flowers, since then it is not too bitter. Dandelion which grows in the shade is much juicier, tasteful and less bitter than the dandelion which grows in the sun.
Young flowers should be picked during spring, but dandelion leaves can be picked throughout the entire year while dandelion roots are best t be picked in fall since the soil is generally the richest in fall.
Dandelion flowers are one of the best sources of lecithin, excellent for liver health as well as for memory and mental focus.
Young, juicy dandelion leaves
Young juicy dandelion leaves are chock full of mineral salts and vitamins, hence – priceless. You can prepare dandelion salads in spring which will be slightly bitter, but nutrient-packed that will also improve your CBC. In addition, it is very useful for treating skin eczema, rheumatism, gout, lazy bowel, liver function and gall bladder. It is also recommended for diabetics due to a high content of inulin. Did you also know that dandelion has more vitamin A than carrot, the vitamin’s favorite representative?
Dandelion leaves work also as a powerful diuretic which helps treat kidney and urinary system diseases. They are recommended for people with high cholesterol levels and also those who want to reduce weight.
Dandelion leaves prepared as spinach – (cut off the heads off of dandelion leaves) can give a very good stew which purifies blood (before preparation leaves should be cooked in the evening and leave it to soak in the cold water during the night).
Tea from dry dandelion leaves can truly be regarded as the universal medicine since it helps with so many different diseases. Take one or two cups a day and this is especially important for diabetics who should drink a cup of dandelion tea every morning and evening to cleanse their body from harmful toxins.
Dry dandelion root, finely grind and roast to prepare a beverage that very much resembles coffee, except it is much healthier. Dandelion roots can also be used as spice – simply braise dandelion root on some oil and add miso (fermented soybeans with salt). It can also be added to vegetable soups, and when combined with sweet vegetables you get a dish which cleanses the liver and blood and also stimulates cardiac muscle and the work of small intestine. Milk juice extracted from the dandelion leaves and roots is very good for blood and is thus recommended to people who suffer from anemia and also to those with blood poisoning, liver diseases, urinary diseases, and jaundice. In these cases, take 2 -3 teaspoons a day for 3 – 4 weeks.
Dandelion root – cure for cancer?
Certain studies show dandelion is so potent herb it can cure cancer. Namely, a research made at Canadian Windsor University has revealed some interesting facts. Dr. Caroline Hamm led a research featured by a group of patients suffering from leukemia. They drank dandelion tea and she and her colleague were amazed by the results. It turned out dandelion roots kill leukemia cells without affecting healthy cells. This was revolutionary achievement since it meant that dandelion root extract kills cancer cells and leaves the healthy cells intact, unlike conventional therapies of modern medicine such as radiation and chemotherapy. In vitro studies on dandelion root involved other types of cancer cells and also showed the effectiveness of dandelion root. These women have also gained a financial support and have applied for Canadian authorization in order to continue with their research. Hopefully, their remarkable discoveries won’t go unnoticed.
Even I was subjected to iodine radiotherapy when I was 20 years old and I can attest how much that experience has changed me. In fact, it forced me to dig a little deeper and see if there is any alternative way to treat my problem. I don’t want to pull reference on more serious conditions than mine, let alone suggest anyone to dismiss conventional treatments, however, I believe we should be open minded and stop rejecting the things which are right in front of us and can help us without making more harm at the same time. Dandelion root is actually effective. Besides, this weed which grows pretty much everywhere is something to take into consideration given the fascinating results achieved in the case of various diseases.
You only need to make sure to harvest dandelion in non-polluted areas or areas where the soil has been treated with pesticides or similar. Only a half of teaspoon of dandelion root mixed in a glass of water a day can make a difference. However, make sure you carefully peel the root and slice it up in small and equal pieces. Dry dandelion root in the open air, it’ll take from 3 up to 14 days, depending on the weather, you’ll recognize that it’s dry when it becomes fragile on hands.
Dandelion – good for women’s health
Personally, I was amazed by the studies which showed significant results in the case of treating fibrotic tissue, i.e. breast tissue (breast cancer) with dandelion! Who knew that this tiny plant can be so powerful in this field as well!
Furthermore, since the liver is related to estrogen, the influence of this plant on female hormones and reproductive organs is enormous so all women who are in perimenopause, menopause or in PMS, should drink dandelion tea.
- 1 tablespoon of dandelion leaves
- 2 tablespoons of nettle leaves
Cover the ingredients with 3 cups of boiling water, leave it to cool, strain and drink two times a day. The tea should be taken 7 – 10 days before the beginning of a menstrual cycle.