Northwest Indiana's Official Flower
The Very Interesting Dandelion
The Dandelions Medicinal Value
Studies show that the dandelion to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals
The virtues and benefits of the Dandelion has been studied and well documented by modern herbalists.
Expert herbalists all agree that the Dandelion root could be at the very top of the list when it comes to excellent foods for the liver. The Dandelion root has a relatively high amount of choline. Choline is an important nutrient for the liver. Also, Dandelion flowers have very high amounts of lecithin. Lecithin is an awesome nutrient that has been proven very useful in various liver ailments.
It has also been discovered that Dandelion leaves are a diuretic. This means that it will help flush excess water from the body. Since Dandelion leaves are a diuretic, it will also help rid the body of harmful toxins and help when it comes to losing weight.
The Dandelion contains almost as much iron as spinach and four times as much Vitamin A content. An indepth analysis of the Dandelion also shows that it also consists of protein, fat & carbohydrates. Its mineral and Vitamin contents are calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium, Vitamin A and C.
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
It's Just A Weed!
Still today, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) continue to treat the Dandelion as a weed.
The agency's official position is this:
"There is no convincing reason for believing it possesses any therapeutic virtues."
Expert herbalists disagree with this and say that the FDA needs to do further research.
The Dandelion is an HERB at MOST!
People use the above ground parts and root to make medicine.
The Dandelion is used for so many different conditions, but the FDA says that there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
The Dandelion can be used for the loss of appetite, an upset stomach, even intestinal gas. It can also help aid when it comes to having gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and most bruises. The Dandelion can also be used to increase the production of urine and also as a laxative to help increase bowel movements. It is also used as skin-toner and a blood or digestive tonic.
Some people even use Dandelions to help treat infection, especially viral infections. Some say it can even help fight cancer.
The Dandelion can be used in foods as salad greens, and also in soups. Not only is Dandelion wine popular, but Dandelion tea isn't bad either. Plus, the roasted root can be used as a coffee substitute.
About the Dandelion
The Dandelion came from Europe
The Dandelion root is a perennial and tapering, simple or more or less branched. When its attained in a good soil the Dandelion can reach lengths of a foot or more and 1/2 inch to an inch in diameter. In time, old roots divide at the crown and into several heads. The root feels fleshy and is very brittle. Dark brown on the outside, however. its white on the inside and abounding in an odorous, milky juice of bitter, but not too much of a disagreeable taste.
Poor Man's Dandelion Wine
- one gallon of perfect, open dandelion blossoms
- 3 lbs of sugar (to be healthy use brown sugar)
- 3 or 4 lemons (chop everything, skin & seeds too)
- 3 or 4 oranges (chop everything, skin & seeds too)
- 1 tsp. yeast energizer
- Put flowers in a large 2 gallon pot (crock pot) and fill the pot with boiling water by pouring it over them.
- Cover with a cheesecloth and let it sit at room temperature for three days.
- After 3 days (72 hours) squeeze the juice out of the Dandelions into the pot and throw them away, leaving the liquid.
- Add your contents and boil again for 30 minutes with the cover on then cool to luke warm. Pour into another pot.
- Add the yeast, cover with a cheesecloth, and let sit for 2-3 weeks (until the bubbling stops)
- Pour into clean disinfected bottles and cork.
- Store in a cool place.
For BEST results, the Dandelion should be no less than two years