Updated: Mar 31
How do you feel about dandelions?
Do you eliminate them from your property?
CAN WE USE ALL OF THE PLANT?
The flowers, leaves and root can all be harvested for medicinal or culinary use.
The root has a deep nutty flavour, it is bitter like coffee and tastes especially delightful roasted.
The leaves are bitter, they make a nice tea and I use them in my salads all the time!
The flower can be steeped into a tea or added as a garnish to a salad.
Dandelion is known as a bitter-->
What do BITTERS do for us?
(1) Stimulate bile production in the liver.
(2) Stimulate secretion of bile from the bile storage unit- the gallbladder.
Bile is used to help digest fat, protein, balance cholesterol and detoxify the body.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF DANDELION:
In particular it has a bitter compound called Lactucopicrin -which has an analgesic effect (analgesic means pain killer).
Does yard work leave you with aches and pains?
Use those weeds you picked to soothe your muscles ..
Tannins can be seen as antioxidant.
Antioxidants prevent oxidation in the body.
Tannins have been traditionally known to prevent aging.
The root of the dandelion plant plunges deep into the Earth absorbing minerals from the soil.
Minerals balance the body for all of its daily processes.
Potassium aids our body in detoxification and fuels the sodium-potassium pump of the cell wall.
This pump manages the health of the cell.
Magnesium relaxes us, and benefits muscles recovery.
Beta-carotene maintains the health of the eyes and skin and balances hormones in the body- this nutrient is especially found in the beautiful yellow flower.
TIMES YOUR BODY WILL LOVE DANDELION ..
Stomach indigestion and to boost digestion before / after meal.
Support efficient fat digestion.
Strengthen spleen, pancreas, gallbladder, bladder and kidneys.
Liver purification / detox.
Can be used as a tonic, to aid weight loss and support overall health.
How I use my dandelion >
Harvest the flowers as they pop up and before they droop (only harvest from a yard that is away from animal waste and automobile exhaust). These you can rinse and dry in the sun, or on a low temperature in the oven. Once they are dehydrated you can add them into tea. Fresh flowers you can add into a salad- try a salad that has a sweet aspect to it to offset the somewhat bitter tang of the flower.
Harvest young leaves if you want a milder taste. Mature leaves will have a deep bitter taste, and because of this will have the more medicinal benefit. Leaves can be dried and then added to a tea, or eaten raw in a salad. One of my favourite ways to enjoy dandelion leaves is to sauté them with ghee into a stir-fry and fresh in a salad with homemade sprouts and chickpeas!
The root is best to dig up at the end of the year, once it has had a chance to be nourished all summer long. Rinse well and then toast in the oven. Blend or chop into small chunks and try mixing it with your coffee!