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Dandelions aren’t weeds…

They are plant medicine officially known as Taraxacum officinale.  This ubiquitous plant is actually a healing herb highly regarded worldwide for its kidney, liver, stomach and spleen benefits.

Both the root and the leaves have restorative and adaptogenic qualities.  Yet, each part has specific medicinal properties.

The leaf is:

  • an effective non-irritating potassium-sparing diuretic (the French call this plant, piss-en-lit, which means wet the bed)
  • useful for fluid retention
  • bitter tonic, which may lower cholesterol levels
  • an enhancer that increases absorption of nutrients
  • nutrient dense: vitamins A, B complex, C, D; minerals-calcium and iron (more than double that of broccoli), plus magnesium, and potassium
  • full of inulin, which can lower blood sugar levels; and chlorophyll, a beneficial intestinal flora grower

The root:

  • stimulates saliva, hydrochloric acid production and bile flow
  • aids sluggish bowel
  • assists with achlorhydria, and digestion
  • promotes fat metabolism
  • stimulates pancreatic enzymes

How to use:  Dandelions can be steamed, sautéed or eaten raw in a salad.  If the plant has flowered, parboil the leaves to reduce their bitter flavor.  Flowers can be made into wine.  Dry and make tea.

One cup of these greens provides almost a full day’s supply of Vitamin A (as carotene) plus one-third of daily Vitamin C requirement.

Caution: Only gather from lawns/areas that have not been sprayed with toxic chemicals, such as fertilizers and weed killers.


“A weed is but an unloved flower.” – Ella Wilcox 

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