The Dandelion Plant and Its Benefits
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.
What do you think of Dandelions?
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.
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
Do you drink dandelion tea and use its leaves in salades?