Dandelion…known as a pesky weed…but did you know?…

Dandelion flowerDandelion is a perennial herb and is strong enough to withstand frost. It grows up to 30 cm.
It has a slight tang that will add interest to any other bland salad.
It is considered to be a common weed and is found in almost every country in the world, but in particular abundance in the British Isles, Western and Central Europe and the USA.

Dandelion contains high quantities of potassium, calcium, magnesium and other trace elements. It is high in Vit A – containing more Vit A than carrots- also contains Vit B’s. Vit C and Vit D.
Phytochemicals found in Dandelion are: Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, caffecic acid, cryptoxathin. Lutein, mannitol, p-coumaric acid, saponin, stigmasterol.1
The plant contains an incredible 13,650 I.Us of Vitamin A per 100 g, a generous smattering of the B vitamins and also 36 mg of Vitamin C.
Dandelion also contains the following nutrients: Calcium. Iron, magnesium, manganese,phosphorous, potassium, selenium and zinc.

To give the true awesomeness of this herb, here are some of its medicinal benefits:
(Just a quick reminder that if you wish to take herbs for a specific existing medical condition, it is advisable to do so under the guidance of a qualified doctor and herbalist.)
• If very diluted the juice can be used to relieve sore and red eyes. Wipe it on the outside of the eyes.
• Helps relieve eczema. It has an antihistamine effect
• It acts as an antibiotic for acne.
Dandelion leaves• The milk in the stem is a quick pimple treatment
• It is known to cleanses the liver and increase bile production.
• Breaks down gall stones
• Improves functioning of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen and stomach.
• Helps with jaundice.
• Helps reduce blood sugar
• Builds immune system and helps to deal with boils and abscesses
• Prevents constipation and improves the digestion of fats.
• Useful for regular bowel movements to prevent haemorrhoids. The leaves have a laxative effect.
• Normalises heartbeat and blood pressure. It helps control anaemia.
• Cleanses and builds the blood
• Soothes irritated mucous membranes in the sinuses
• Headaches can be relieved with dandelion root
• Relieves menopausal symptoms
Dandelion root can be used for Endometriosis.
• Stimulates and improves the functioning of the kidneys to get rid of excess water.
• Dandelion is the ideal balanced diuretic as it supplies potassium, a substance lost during diuretic action. It be used as a diuretic without an allergic reaction.
• It can relieve the symptoms of rheumatism
• Bone builder and joint strengthener.
• Useful for abscesses, boils.
• It can be useful in managing the blood pressure of Elderly People

dandelion seedsAn interesting fact about the humble Dandelion:
• The diuretic property can be absorbed through the skin and children who play with the Dandelion plant have been found to wet the bed. That’s where it got the common name of “Wet the Beds”

This powerful and awe-inspiring herb also comes with a caution:
* It should not be combined with prescription diuretics.
* Dandelion is not recommended for people with gall stones or billary tract obstruction.

Herb Happening picTill next time.

Lots of love

Christine and Sue

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