Dandelion is one of those plants that grows EVERYWHERE ... and people actually kill it! STOP SPRAYING YOUR DANDELION!! It has amazing nutritional and medicinal properties.
The first mention of the Dandelion as a medicine is in the works of the Arabian physicians of the tenth and eleventh centuries, who speak of it as a sort of wild Endive. In this country, we find allusion to it in the Welsh medicines of the thirteenth century. Dandelion roots have long been largely used on the Continent, and the plant is cultivated largely in India as a remedy for liver complaints. Dandelion is a native of Europe. In India it is found through Himalayas.
How Do I Use It?
A very common plant, dandelion grows wild almost everywhere! Nutritionally, the dandelion has remarkable value. It contains almost as much iron as spinach, four times Vitamin A content. An analysis of dandelion shows it to consist of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Its mineral and vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium, Vitamin A and C. Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Potassium and Manganese. http://www.herballegacy.com/Chhabra_History.html
It helps with acne, stimulates the digestive system and supports the liver. Aids in the treatment with bronchitis, sprains and bruises. It helps normalize hormone production. (Gladstar, Rosemary)
Our Experience With It
Part of Plant Used:
Roots, Leaves, Flowers
Few Properties Of Dandelion
RECIPE - Dandelion Jelly (from Paula)
"I made this with one of our grandson’s. He was 6 when we did it. He loved it! It tastes a lot like a mild honey."
1. Fill a gallon bowl with dandelion flowers. Snip off the base as you use only the petals of the flowers.
2. Pour boiling water over the petals. Let sit overnight. The tea color from this should be a pretty yellow. Strain water off petals.
Needed: 1 ½ cups of water, 2 cups sugar, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, ½ box pectin.
1. Mix everything in a saucepan.
2. Bring to boil and boil for 2 minutes.
3. Fill jars with mixture and can or refrigerate.
Dandelion is sprayed so much. Always make sure the dandelion greens and heads harvested have never been sprayed with herbicide.
NMM Mixes With Dandelion
Kidney Stone Herbal Soldiers - The herbs in this packet are specifically used in helping dissolve 'gravel' in the kidneys, have antiseptic effects, help to eliminate urinary tract infections, soothing and helps with toxin removal.
NOTE: We use dandelion we harvest ourselves so much in our daily teas, we would recommend doing that to everyone! That is the best way to use dandelion and reap the many benefits on a daily basis.
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