In childhood, some of us used to blow dandelion seeds into the wind. This common plant has been seen as a pest, mow it off the lawn. In fact, contrary to popular belief, dandelions are as beautiful as all plants in nature, not just pesky garden weeds. People have used DANDELIONS to treat ailments for several centuries. In this article, learn more about the dandelion and its numerous benefits for health and well-being.
- Dandelion is a plant with yellow flowers. Taraxacum officinale is the most common variety of this plant, and it grows in many parts of the world.
- Botanists consider dandelions to be herbs. People use the leaves, stem, flower, and root of the dandelion for medicinal purposes.
Foraging for dandelion flowers has been a part of my natural habit when visiting farms and friends living in the countryside, often I will walk around and pick these humble flowers and leaves and add them to my salad plate, and my friends will give a strange look at me very. They are always curiously what I have on my salad plate.
I eat them with soya sauce and vinegar and olive oil, and it tastes amazing. When I ask some of my friends to try, and they go
- hmm interested when we speak of all the benefits, they go WHAO! It is growing all over, and we walk over it.
- Another says I never thought it was such a nutritious plant with so many health benefits, and Another says incredible plant just in our back yard. You can use every part of the plant to add to your diet. Every part of the flower is medicinal,
- You can brew it into tea, making a salad, the immense health benefits and abundantly growing wild plant has a tremendous impact on our well being.
1. Promotes Detoxification
If you’ve ever had dandelion in your diet before, chances are it was to support your body’s natural detoxification processes. The flowers house powerful antioxidants, such as beta-carotene and polyphenols, that have been known to prevent aging and certain diseases. Dandelion is also a rich source of prebiotic fiber inulin, which research indicates reduces constipation and increases intestinal movement – supporting this vital elimination pathway to remove wastes from the digestive tract.
2. Stimulates Immune System
We’re all about supporting the immune system year-round, and if anything, the current state of our world has been a gentle reminder of just how important this is. Dandelion extract has been praised for its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. In many research studies, compounds from the flower, root, stem, and leaves have reduced the virus’s ability to replicate, and formed a healthy barrier against harmful bacteria. Any opportunity to feed our immunity is a win by us.
3. Aids in Weight Loss
Dandelion, especially dandelion root tea, has been used in weight loss treatment programs for years. Partly because of its ability to promote detoxification and increase movement through the lower digestive tract, but also due to the potassium in the plant. This can act as a diuretic, increasing your need for urination – another natural elimination pathway. For people struggling with water retention and bloating in their weight loss journey, this simple drink is a blessing in disguise.
4. Packed with Vital Micronutrients
These flowers, despite the misconception of being weeds, are a nutritional powerhouse. Different parts of the plant contain different compounds, especially vital micronutrients for day-to-day functioning. They are rich in fat-soluble Vitamins A, C, K, and also contain Vitamin E, folate, and small amounts of other B vitamins. As a plant, they further provide a substantial amount of minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These micronutrients serve a wide range of functions within the human body but are all required in some capacity to maintain our health.
5. Powerful Anti-Inflammatory
Dandelions have been praised for their anti-inflammatory properties, the compounds that tackle diseases before they begin to manifest in our bodies. The plant includes potential bioactive components such as sesquiterpene lactones, taraxasterol, taraxerol, chlorogenic acid, and CRA. These components are non-toxic and can be used for their potential anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, anti-rheumatic, and choleretic properties. Dandelion leaves are the most powerful source of these health benefits.
6. Triggers Processes for Liver Function
In recent years we have been discovering just how vital our liver is for thriving health. With our diets and other lifestyle factors like excessive alcohol consumption and smoking, a strain is being placed on this detoxifying organ. Dandelion tea, in particular, helps to clear the liver and improve the flow of bile. In some animal studies, dandelion root has lessened the extent of permanent liver damage.
7. Contributes to Healthy, Glowing Skin
I’ve never met someone who doesn’t want radiant and vibrant skin. Recently we explored different foods that support your largest organ, and it turns out that dandelion is another powerful skin food. Research has shown that dandelion root extract can promote cell growth and generation, which is thought to slow the aging process. As an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, it has also been praised for fighting acne, eczema, and other skin conditions – all while increasing hydration and collagen production.