Dandelions are often associated with being a pesky weed that pop up in our gardens, lawns and even in cracked side walks. It’s an invasive plant that people spend tons of money trying to kill off. However, what if the dandelion’s persistent behavior was not to ruin our lawns and gardens but rather to help us? Lucky for us, they are an excellent food as well as medicine that anyone can find and use.
Dandelions are a good soucre of beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, sodium, vitamin D, and protein. Dandelions have been used for thousands of years to help treat skin problems, anemia, scurvy, blood disorders, and depression.
Aids as a mild laxative promoting digestion and balancing beneficial gut bacteria
Helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water
Improves liver function and helps balance electrolytes
High in antioxidants which prevents free-radical damage to cells and DNA that cause cancer
: Helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.
Dandelions contains fatty acids and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and help releive pain and swelling.
Helps boost immune function by fighting off microbes and fungi.
You can purchase Dandelion tea, capsules, and tinctures from most supplement stores or just plant your own dandelions in a planter. They grow very quickly! Make sure to plant them in organic soil free of pesticides. You can eat the leaves, flowers, and roots. I recommend boiling them for tea which helps cut down on the bitter flavor.
Dandelion Tea Recipe
- Wash dandelions thoroughly
- Dry in oven on the lowest setting for about two hours
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tsp dried dandelion leaves
- Cover and let steep for 3 minutes
- Store remaining dried leaves in an air tight container
If you would rather save on time Alvita is a great company that makes dandelion root tea. You can get about 30 tea bags for only $3.00. Well worth it!
Dandelions are considered to be a very safe food. However, always talk to your doctor before taking a new supplement. If you have an allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, or daisy you should avoid dandelions.