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Dandelions- Are they magic?

                                  


        Dandelions 
        Why are they so good for you? 
        Who are they not good for?

What most people consider to be a weed is actually one of the best plants on the planet for you!  The range of health benefits is just mind boggling. The medicinal benefits of this herb were first used in the 11th century. All parts of the plant (leaves, flowers and roots) are all edible. The name Dandelion comes from the latin term dens leonis which means “lion’s tooth.’’ This is said to be based on the jagged shape of the leaves. This plant grows all over the world, and is considered to most people to be a nuisance weed. However, this is one remarkable plant. It grows just about anywhere, and in most conditions. The yellow flowers open up in the morning with the sun to light up the grass like beautiful jewels. Their will to grow is so strong, it pushes up through the cracks in sidewalks! Cement! That is such a testament to their strength, resilience and abilities.

 

Fun Facts about Dandelion: It is said to mimic astrological symbols- 

                              *The yellow flower mimics the sun, and its petals look similar to sun rays. 

                              *The fluffy ball of seeds mimics the moon. A light, feathery globe. 

                              *The seeds of the feathery globe mimic stars when looked at closely.


So now we know a little history on this plant. We see it everywhere! So besides pulling it up and tossing away this most amazing creation, what can we do with it? Turns out the possibilities are endless! From food, to medicine, to beauty and skin care, the sky is the limit. What benefits to the body does this plant provide you may ask? 

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Cleanses the heart muscles and aids in contractility
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Detoxifies the liver & gallbladder
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Has anti-cancer properties!!!
  • Rich in Vitamins (A, C, K, E), iron, zinc, potassium (leaves), calcium and magnesium
  • Reduces fine lines & wrinkles
  • Firms skin
  • Detoxifies skin
  • Helps treat acne
  • Minimizes dark spots or pigmentation
  • Helps regenerate skin cells
  • High in antioxidants
  • The roots are a good laxative and diuretic
  • Helps release stored emotions held within musculature

Now that you know some benefits of this little miracle of a plant, how do you use it? There are several ways to reap the benefits that Dandelion has to offer. You can make:

  • Teas and Decoctions
  • Tinctures
  • Infused oils
  • Soaps
  • Deodorant
  • Healing Salves
  • Lotions/Creams 
  • Jelly (Use the yellow flowers for best flavor
  • Infused Vinegars
  • Salads (Use yellow flowers and leaves)
  • Pancakes (Use the yellow flowers)
  • Muffins
  • Cookies
  • Breads
  • Pesto (with the leaves)
  • Lip balms ( Try my new Dandelion Infused Healing Lip Mask) 


Who is Dandelion not good for?


  • Any one who is allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, chamomile, yarrow, daisies or iodine should avoid dandelions.
  • Anyone who is currently on heart or blood pressure medications
  • Anyone who is currently taking diuretics
  • Anyone who is currently taking lithium
  • Anyone who is taking blood thinners
  • Anyone taking certain antibiotics should ask their healthcare provider if taking anything made with dandelion is okay.
  • Anyone taking certain sedatives, namely Valium.


Now that you have learned all about Dandelions, run outside, pick some of those gorgeous yellow flowers, give them a good rinse to make sure no tiny critters have hitched a ride, and use them for whatever your heart desires!



Heather