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The Dandelion Plant and Its Benefits

Updated on September 25, 2014

The Dandelion Plant

The Dandelion Plant, ' taraxacum officinale' was once considered just a common weed amongst many, growing wild in the lawn around rocks and in the fields.

But now it is known that the Dandelion plant is far more than that and it's natural medicinal properties are widely used in alternative herbal medicine.

The whole plant is used both internally and externally.

The Dandelion can grow anywhere, in pastures, sand, rocks and even in cracks in the concrete.

From its thick long tap-root , dark brown outside, white and milky white inside grow jagged dark green leaves growing close to the ground in a rosette shape.

From this centre, a single yellow flower rises on a long purplish stork.

From common weed to natural healer the dandelion has come a long way and is valued for it extensive uses in alternative medicine.

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The History of The Dandelion Plant

Uses of Dandelions

The Dandelion Plant, 'taraxacum officinale , the common dandelion, Lions Tooth, Priest Crown, Pu Gong Ying, Swines Snout, Dent de Lion are all names used to describe this plant.

Dandelions are grown commercially on a small scale as a leaf vegetable.

The Leaves called , ' dandelion green ' can be eaten cooked or raw in various forms some as soups or salads.

They are close in character to ' mustard greens ' and the raw leaves are slightly bitter in taste.

Usually the young leaves and open buds are eaten raw in salads while older leaves are cooked.

Dandelion salad is often accompanied with hard boiled eggs.

The leaves are high in Vitamin A, C and iron, carrying more iron and calcium than spinach.

The Dandelion has been used as a medical herb, far back in Chinese history.

The Arabs then recognized its useful properties and these were written about in the 11th century.

It was they that taught the Europeans about the medical benefits of the dandelion.

There were no dandelions in North America until the May Flower arrived in 1620, then they were everywhere.

The Dandelion was introduced to Americans by the Europeans and was then used as part of their regular diet.

Away from their native regions, dandelions have been established in the Americans, Australia and New Zealand and now growing though out all temperate regions.

This tough, beautifully flowered and versatile plant, so easily overlooked, stands out as a most beneficial plants, used in alternative medicine.

Dandelion Greens

Dandelion Greens
Dandelion Greens

Wild Dandelion as a Green

The Many Uses of The Dandelion Plant.

There are many uses of The Dandelion plant in alternative medicine.

Ground roasted dandelion root is used as a coffee substitute as dandelion coffee and also a tea is made adding chicory.

Drunk before meals dandelion root coffee or tea stimulates digestion function and also aids in liver function.

The dandelion root has also been used as a diuretic and contains -lutein- which is an antioxidant.

The leaf can be drunk ' to purify the blood ' and is used in the treatment of anemia, jaundice and also nervousness.

The Dandelion flower is a lovely bright yellow which we often see in a lawns and when over becomes this ball of seeds.

These are the seed pods which gives us the lovely childhood image 'The Dandelion Clock' where the blowing of the flower head tells us the time.

An image that lasts a lifetime and is past on from one generation to the next.

The Dandelion Clock

Dandelions

Do you drink dandelion tea and use its leaves in salades?

Thanks for dropping by! I do love my dandelions.

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      Sheilamarie 

      7 years ago from British Columbia

      I love the photos you've added to this lens -- such cheery flowers, weed or no. They make me think of childhood. My kids used to say the dandelion was their favorite flower. It was sad that the yellow flowers withered so quickly when the bouquets were put in a vase.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I've always believed in the virtues of what many consider just weeds. The dandelion is just one of the weeds that is very useful as a food. My own favorite is purslane.

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Dandelion tea sounds really interesting! =D

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      My Mom got huge bouquets of dandelions from us kids and loved them every time. I love the close up picture below your intro, it's like a whole new world. Lovely work here my dear!

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      Bambi Watson 

      7 years ago

      My Grandma used to make dandelion wine every summer ~ Dandilions Rock!

      ~ Blessed >*

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      Mona 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      I've thrown dandelion in salads before but haven't really utilized the plant in any other way. Thanks for this informative lens. I may have to try the tea.

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      dannystaple 

      7 years ago

      I've had dandelion leaves in a salad, but I don't think I've done dandelion tea. I shall try it in the summer - they are fairly abundant around here...

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      TriviaChamp 

      8 years ago

      Interesting. I have never tried Dandelion tea but I'll make a point of doing so in the future.

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      James20 

      9 years ago

      A great lens! I will have to read more on this. 5*

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      motorpurrr 

      9 years ago

      Nice to find someone who likes dandelions. I love them because the deer coe out when they are blooming. Plus the small pets love them. Nice lens.

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      Vladimir 

      9 years ago from Australia

      I love Nature. I love to roll around in clumps of dandelions. I love to chew the stems. I love to chase the seeds, You capture the essence of the dandelions so well. I salute you. High Paw!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 

      9 years ago from Michigan

      When I was younger, I would sometimes squeeze off just the dandelion buds and saute them in butter. Quite delicious. But, living in the city, one never knows nowadays whether everything's been sprayed. I've also enjoyed dandelion "coffee" with its unique taste. Now, that it's fresh in my mind, I may pick some up at the healthfood store soon to alternate with my many daily cups of green tea. Very enjoyable lens as are all of yours I've perused so far.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      I knew that dandelions were more than just weeds!

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      Julia M S Pearce 

      9 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      [in reply to tutor1235] Thanks for your encouraging comments.I love Dandy tea so thats how it come about.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Of course, I have many fond memories of blowing the dandelion for good luck and enjoyed doing that with my son and grandson. I was not familiar with all the uses you mention in this great lens so it was very interesting reading. Thank you.

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      tutor1235 lm 

      9 years ago

      Very interesting! I enjoyed reading some positives about this plant-I've thought they were kinda pretty for years, though no one else agrees with me around here.

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