Medicinal Value of Dandelion
What a lot of people consider a weed, herbalists consider essential in their herbal larders. Dandelion will grow almost anywhere and all parts of the plant can be used. The roots have the most concentrated medicinal value. The sap can be used to take off warts and hard pimples. It is known best for its diuretic properties, meaning it stimulates kidney function.
One of its common names is ‘piss the bed’! Unlike pharmaceutical diuretics that cause potassium loss as a side effect (which can aggravate cardio-vascular problems), dandelion is a natural source for potassium.
Dandelion root is helpful for a congested liver. There is one report that 80% of patients in a Chinese hospital treated with dandelion root recovered from appendicitis without surgery following treatment. It is used for problems of the stomach, pancreas, kidneys, skin and nervous, circulatory, immune and lymphatic systems. The root contains high amounts of iron, manganese, phosphorus, proteins, and carotenes. When roasted, the root makes a tasty coffee substitute.
Dandelion leaves are nutritious. They help in the enrichment of breast milk. They are specific to the treatment of liver and stomach ailments. The leaves are very high in vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium. They are also a digestive bitter and great for getting your blood and lymphatic tissue moving.
Dandelion flowers have many specific uses also. As a skin care product, steep flowers in boiled water for an hour. Apply whole flower to help with large pores, oily skin, windburn, sunburn, insect bites, and age spots. They can also be ingested in a tea to relieve headaches, menstrual cramps and depression. Dandelion flower oil helps with arthritis, sinus headaches or back tension.
Food recipes range from dandelion wine to flower fritters to winter soups. Remember, dandelion is a powerful diuretic, too much and you may wet the bed! Keep it simple and keep it dry!
Herbally Yours, Nysie Watson