Dandelion is a common “weed” that has a number of health benefits. Here is some information from the Homesteading/Survivalism site. Check them out as they have some wonderful ideas about sustainable living.
Dandelion Root Health Benefits :
* Dandelion root extract is unique, and is one of the only things found to help with chronic myelomonocytic Leukemia and it is effective in treating Breast Tumors
* Detoxification of vital organs : Because of the diuretic abilities of dandelion root, it is beneficial for flushing out the Liver, Kidneys and Gallbladder. İt works great to purify the blood and cleanse the system. This also makes it a good herb for Fighting İnfections. It is also used for Arthritis, Osteoarthritis , Gout and Rheumatism
* Dandelion tea actively ameliorates disease—it is a potent disease-fighter—and helps the body heal, helps Boost İmmunity and Heart Disease, and age-related Memory Loss.
* Treating Anemia : Because of the high content of iron in dandelion root, it is beneficial for building red blood cells in the body to treat anemia.
* Treating Diabetes : Dandelion root has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in patients. In Europe, it’s used to treat Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
* Digestive System : Dandelion root, when made into a tea, is beneficial for relieving constipation, flatulence and fullness.
*Treating High Blood Pressure : Dandelion root is a natural Diuretic. When combined with its high potassium content, it is an effective treatment to lower blood pressure.
* Dandelion tea helps reduce High Cholesterol.
* High Nutritional Value : Dandelion root contains vitamins A, B-complex, C and D as well as the minerals İron, Zinc and Potassium. This combination of vitamins and minerals also makes dandelion root a High Antioxidant Food.
* Mood Enhancer : Due to the high amount of vitamin B-complex, dandelion root can help to stabilize mood and Treat Depression.
*Dandelion root is also used to treat skin disorders such as Acne, Eczema and Psoriasis.
* It is very beneficial to Menopausal Women
* Laxative : Dandelion root is also a mild laxative and is used to help with regularity.
* Dandelion tea helps with weight control—especially with Weight Loss.
( Composting spent dandelion tea Blossoms, Leaves, and/or Roots, after drinking your dandelion tea, improves soil composition. )
( There are very few side effects linked to using dandelion root. Allergic Reactions to the herb have been reported. People taking prescription lithium, a diuretic, medication to lower blood pressure or medication to lower blood sugar should not take dandelion root. Women who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding should consult their doctor before taking this herb. As always, if you find your own dandelion in the wild, make sure someone didn’t beat you to it with weed killer! )Share