“That Bright Yellow Weed – Dandelion!”

 

dandelionsToday my friends, I would like to discuss a weed called Dandelion! If you are like most people you don’t think about dandelions as something that would be healing or having such amazing medicinal qualities, but they do! Well, you have to admit that if you really think about it God put those weeds on earth for a purpose and in Ancient times they used the healing power that the earth provided. Dandelion’s were one of those!

Don’t those brilliant yellow flowers remind you of energy and sunshine. Yea, I know that they can be a problem when they get in your lawn or garden, believe me I spent plenty of time pulling them out of my garden. But more importantly those weeds are one of nature’s miracle treatments and that is what we are going to discuss today!

Consumed as a drink or as salad, dandelion is a great remedy. Dandelion can be used as vegetable. A healthy salad can be prepared from a handful of young dandelion leaves mixed with parsley and dill, oil and vinegar, which should be consumed before other meals. It’s best to pick only the new leaves of the young plants as they can become bitter once the plant has flowered. 

 

"Dandelion and their health benefits"Some of the Medicinal and Health Benefits:

Bone Health:  Dandelion helps keep our bones healthy because is so rich in calcium, that we know is essential for growth and strength of bones. It also has high levels of antioxidants like vitamin-C and Luteolin, which protect bones as we age from the damage of free radicals.

Diabetes:  Dandelion juice can help diabetic patients by stimulating production of insulin from the pancreas and will in turn help keep the blood sugar level low. From the diuretic properties of dandelion, that helps the diabetic urinate more, and will remove extra sugar from the body.

Urinary Disorders: Dandelion actually means in French “urinate in bed”  which the name came from the fact that it is highly diuretic in nature.   Because of its diuretic activity, dandelion is a wonderful way to detox the kidneys and urinary system, is known for it ability to clean deposits of toxic substances and helps to disinfect microbial growth. Another benefit from the diuretic properties of dandelion is since our urine has up to 4% fats this means that more water and fats are lost by urinating and this will promote weight loss without side effects.

Skin Care: Dandelion sap or milk, which is highly alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal, and fungicidal properties, is useful in treating skin diseases that are caused by microbial and fungal infection. Dandelion also eliminates toxins, is a diuretic stimulant and antioxidant which helps treat eczema, acne and other skin diseases.
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Cancer: Dandelion is high in antioxidants such as vitamin-C and Luteolin which reduces the free radicals in the body, and with the detoxifying abilities this all reduces the risk of cancer.

Liver, Gall Bladder, and Jaundice: Dandelion is one of the best wild plants for your liver.  Jaundice, a disorder of the liver, which starts over producing bile and then gets into the blood stream damaging the metabolism.  Dandelion helps treat jaundice because it increase the biliary secretion, removes excess bile from the body, and fights the viral infection.  Dandelion is recommended as an adjuvant in all the diseases that involve a glandular disequilibrium. Dandelion is very beneficial for gall bladder as it improves  functioning, protects ill effects of oxidants and infections and regulates secretions.

Anemia: Dandelion has iron, vitamin and protein content. While iron is the integral part of hemoglobin in the blood, vitamins (particularly vitamin-B), and protein are essential for formation of red blood cells, which is why dandelion can help anemia.

High Blood Pressure: Since dandelion is a diuretic it helps lower blood pressure by increasing both quantity and frequency of urination. Fiber in dandelion is also helps to reduce cholesterol, and the potassium helps by replacing sodium.  

I hope this information has been helpful to you. I can remember as a child that my grandmother and mother couldn’t wait until spring to send us kids out to gather fresh dandelion which they loved to eat. My grandmother lived to be 82  and my mother is 87 years old and pretty healthy–maybe it has something to do with the DANDELION!!

Quote of the day:  Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.

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4 thoughts on ““That Bright Yellow Weed – Dandelion!””

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  2. Hi Marla,
    I grew up with a yard full of yellow dandelion flowers and we did not realize how healthy these weeds could be. Now as a better-informed adult, I have been purchasing organic dandelion greens to include in my green smoothies. As always, thank you for sharing this incredibly valuable and healthy information with us an the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

    1. Your welcome. There are so many natural foods that are so extremely healthy and can help many ailment that Nature provides and many people are not aware of them. Glad to be part of Health Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop. Have a healthy happy day! Marla

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