This sunny flower is much maligned as a weed but almost every part of this highly nutritious plant can be used for food or medicine.
Dandelion is used in teas and tinctures as a detoxifying tonic for the blood, liver, and gall bladder, and to ease minor digestive problems.
Dandelion leaf tea is considered a diuretic, but as it is high in potassium, it does not deplete potassium levels like medications tend to do. An infusion of Dandelion flowers was used by the Cherokee “to make a woman stronger after childbirth.”
Laboratory studies have shown dandelion to have anti-cancer properties, but clinical studies have not confirmed this effect in humans.
Dandelion can be made into a salve for the same conditions as Chicory. It is said that the sap from Dandelion stems can be used to fade age spots and remove warts. Avoid the stems if you are allergic to latex.
Dandelion leaves and flowering crowns are considered by some to be a spring delicacy and tonic food. The flowers can be dipped in batter and made into fritters. Some people enjoy a wine made from Dandelion flowers.
Children enjoy Dandelions immensely and there is hardly a better plant to use to introduce them to Nature’s wonders. Maybe it will even encourage them to try some cooked Dandelion greens, which are very high in Vitamin C, A, and potassium. Holding a flower under a friend’s chin somehow reflects yellow, and that in folklore means that they love butter. Kids love to blow the seeds in the wind, this is done to “make a wish.” If you split Dandelion stems and dip them in water, they will make Curly Q’s.
Excessive amounts of Dandelion were shown in a study to reduce male fertility in mice. So, guys, limit consumption of Dandelion if you want to father a child or boost your libido.
- A liquid plant food is made from Dandelion root and leaves.
- A dark red dye is obtained from Dandelion root.
- A cosmetic skin lotion made from the appendages at the base of the leaf blades distilled in water, is used to clear the skin and is effective in fading freckles.
- When placed in a paper bag with unripe fruit, the flowers and leaves of Dandelion release ethylene gas ripening the fruit quickly.
- Some people say that a hair rinse made with Dandelion infusion with help with hair loss.
“How empathic it is” A sun in the grass!” Thoreau