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Health Benefits of Dandelions

Updated on May 29, 2012
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The more people battle against her growing in their yards, the more abundant she suddenly becomes. Ever think she might be trying to tell us something?
The more people battle against her growing in their yards, the more abundant she suddenly becomes. Ever think she might be trying to tell us something? | Source

Benefits of Dandelion Root

Our friend the dandelion, or ‘Taraxacum’, often mistaken for a useless common weed, is actually full of health benefits. Dandelion is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B-Complex, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium, and Detoxifiers.

Dandelion Benefits

It’s also a natural, mild diuretic, and frequent urination is a great way to flush out your vital organs, keeping you cleansed. It stimulates bile flow and improves digestion. Dandelion is used commonly in medicine, for good reason.

Dandelion Root Tea

The best thing you can do right now to embrace the benefits of dandelion is to start drinking dandelion tea regularly to help return and maintain healthy liver function. The liver is in charge of a lot of processes in your body’s daily functioning, including processing the daily toxins your body absorbs.

Dandelion can be eaten raw, prepared as tea, and cooked like any other vegetable.
Dandelion can be eaten raw, prepared as tea, and cooked like any other vegetable. | Source

Remedies for Acne

Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis

The purifying actions dandelions take on our bloodstream cleanses from the inside out, thus helping skin infections. Keeping your liver clean helps your body get rid of toxins that would (with an overburdened liver) excrete through the skin instead of the digestive system, which is where the skin problems come from.

Where to Find Dandelion Root Supplements

Composting used dandelion tea leaves will help the composition of your soil.
Composting used dandelion tea leaves will help the composition of your soil. | Source
Annoying weed or beautiful healing herb?
Annoying weed or beautiful healing herb? | Source

Natural Remedies

Cancer

Dandelion is very high in antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and Luteolin.

Anemia

Good amounts of iron, vitamins, and protein in dandelion help with this.

Weight Loss

The body contains 4% of fat in urine, and dandelion naturally promotes urination, causing us to rid our bodies of that fat often.

Urinary Disorders

Dandelion cleanses deposits of toxic substances in our kidneys and urinary system.

High Blood Pressure

A great way to lower high blood pressure is urination, which dandelion can promote, in quantity and frequency. The fiber in dandelion also helps reduce blood pressure, and the potassium of dandelion juice replaces sodium.

Digestive System

When used as a tea, it works as a natural (and mild) laxative, keeping you regular and putting a stop to constipation and flatulence.

Dandelion also helps with High Cholesterol, Arthritis, Gout, Rheumatism, and Osteoarthritis.

Diabetes

Dandelion lowers blood sugar levels in the body.

Bone Health

Dandelions are rich in calcium.

Dandelion is used in a lot of European medical care. It’s very helpful for dealing with side effects of medications.
Dandelion is used in a lot of European medical care. It’s very helpful for dealing with side effects of medications. | Source

Treatment for Depression

Depression, PMS and Menopause

Dandelion leaves are known to help with the bloating that accompanies PMS and Menopause, while increasing energy and reducing the risk of food cravings. We also tend to retain fluids during these times, which dandelion definitely helps with.

Not to mention, it’s a natural mood enhancer because of the amount of Vitamin B-Complex.

Fatigue

Additionally, dandelion helps with treating age spots, fatigue, bronchitis, infections, corns, cramps, indigestion, pancreas, ulcers, warts, blisters and jaundice.

Natural Remedies for Cats

Not only do dandelions provide all of these health benefits for us humans, but they also improve the health of your pet cat.

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    • Amethystraven profile image

      Amethystraven 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for this hub. Knowing plants in nature have excellent benefits can save a lot of people a lot of money if they know how to treat themselves with plants instead of synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. Great hub.

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      sadie423 4 years ago from North Carolina

      We like to pick dandelions and add them to baked goods or salads. I never heard of some of these benefits. Great info!

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      James Paterson 4 years ago from Scotland

      As kids we often refer to the "Dandelion as Wet the beds" saying that if you smell them you will wet the bed, but of course thatis just an old wives tale.

      I did not know that Dandelions were good for Exzima, I will have to try some.....jimmy

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      We have lots of them around, from now on I'll pick them, dry them and then brew a tea with them. Thanks. It's a beautiful Hub and the pictures are lovely.

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Wow! I had no idea that dandelions had so many health benefits. I wonder: can I just use the ones popping up in my yard?

      Voted up, useful and awesome!

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      Cheds 4 years ago from Maine

      You could if you wanted to, but they are best in early spring. You can also find them in teas and capsules at health food stores.

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