6 Ways You Can Use Dandelion For Your Health!
Dandelion is an extremely beneficial plant, which effectively detoxifies the liver, treats allergies, has diuretic properties, lowers cholesterol, stimulates the formation of bile, and is extremely useful for pregnant and postmenopausal women.
The ideal time for picking dandelion is the beginning of April, and you should find it in places which are not much polluted, away from the town and far from roads.
All its parts have amazing medicinal properties, so it would be best to pick it from its root with a knife.
It is considered safe to take unless you have an allergy to ragwee, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies or iodine.
-Below, you have 6 ways you can use it for your health.
- Nutrition. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM), dandelions are an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C and D. They are also high in iron, potassium and zinc, so adding the leaves to a salad ups the nutritional value of your salad.
- Coffee substitute. For those who love coffee, but can’t drink it, UMM says that dandelion root is a commonly use coffee substitute. The ‘‘Hallmark Channel’’ recommends using 1 tablespoon roasted, granulated chicory root; 1 tablespoon roasted, granulated dandelion root; and 32 to 35 ounces of boiling water. Put it in a French press to make your “coffee.” If you can’t get roasted roots, you can make your “coffee” with unroaste roots, but the roasting is suppose to make the “coffee” taste richer.
- The ‘‘Mayo Clinic’’ states that dandelion has been use as a diuretic in the herbal world for a long time. Before taking any herbal remedies, you want to check with your doctor as these can interact with other medications. ‘‘Wellness Mama’’ makes iced dandelion tea from 1 quart fresh dandelion flowers (gently washed), 3 quarts cold water, 1 cup hot water, 3 to 4 limes (juiced) and 2 to 3 tablespoons honey or sugar. In a gallon jug, dissolve the sweetener in the warm water. Add the juice from the limes and the cold water. Add the dandelions and stir gently. Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.
- Dandelions are suppose to be a gentle laxative. ‘‘Livestrong.com’’ makes a laxative tea from 1 tablespoon chopped dandelion root boiled in 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes. Strain the root out and add 3 cups of water.
- Normalize blood sugar. Dandelion is also supposd to help regulate blood sugar while equalizing cholesterol. Herbal supplements can be taken, but check with your doctor before starting them.
- Stimulate appetite. For those who suffer from loss of appetite, UMM says that dandelion has been use to stimulate the appetite. ‘‘Natural-homeremedies.org’’ says to simmer dandelion root in water for several minutes and drink the tea 3 times a day.
Before taking dandelion for medicinal value, check with your doctor. If your doctor approves, though, you may find that dandelion is no longer a weed to you, but a wonderful medicine instead.