Friday, May 15, 2009


I have been doing some research on herbs and it is very interesting to find out all the uses they have that I wish I would have been aware of sooner. Today I studied a lot about something that is free and most people hate to see growing in there yard...I'm sure you have some too...It is the

Common Dandelion
Here is just a few bits of information I have found...makes me see the beauty now in my yard and not hate these wonderful little yellow flowers that I used to pick for my Grandmother when I was a child

Traditionally, dandelion has been used to cure breast illnesses, bloating, disorders of the gastrointestinal system, aching joints, and skin conditions. The leaves have large amounts of numerous vitamins, including A, C, D, and B-complexes, as well as minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon

General InformationFor many people, dandelions are simply a yard pest. However, dandelions are very rich in nutrients. Traditionally, the roots and leaves of the plant have been used as medicines for breast maladies, bloating, digestive disorders, aching joints, fevers, and skin disorders. The leaves of the plant are very rich in vitamins, including A, C, D, and B-complex. They also have high levels of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. The most active ingredient in dandelions, eudesmanolide and germacranolide, are found only in dandelions.Dandelion Uses and Health BenefitsThe leaves of the plant are very nutrient-rich, and so they make good supplements for women who are pregnant or elderly women. Dandelion can also be used as a gentle diuretic and can decrease serum cholesterol in some people. The root can be an appetite stimulant and it can treat some digestive disorders. Today, many herbal doctors use dandelion to purify the liver and gallbladder of toxins. Research indicates that dandelions can treat pneumonia, bronchitis, and other respiratory disorders. Dandelion can improve general health, and is beneficial to the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and other organs. Dandelion is also recommended for the treatment of tinnitus, tonsillitis, osteoporosis, abscesses, anemia, boils, mammary tumors, cirrhosis, water retention, hepatitis, jaundice, rheumatism, and warts. Dandelion may also be effective in eliminating or averting age spots. Some people also use toasted dandelion root as a healthier alternative to coffee.Dandelion Benefits also include:
It is a gentle diuretic
It can purify the bloodstream and liver, and it can stimulate the manufacture of bile
It can decrease the amounts of serum cholesterol and uric acid
It can maximize the performance of the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and stomach
It is very beneficial to menopausal women
It is effective in treating abscesses, anemia, boils, breast tumors, and cirrhosis of the liver
It may avert the development of age spots or breast cancer Dandelion Nutritional ContentLactupicrine, a bitter principle, tannin, inulin and a latexlike substance, polysaccharides, caroteneSide Effects/InteractionsSome individuals experience stomach pain because of hyperacidity. It is safe to use with other drugs.

Now isn't this jusr amazing..something that is right there in your front yard that you have hated all these years that can be so helpful.
Just type Dandelion in a google search and you will be amazed at what you will find. I even found one site that has a video of someone making Tea and other remedies from this pretty little flower.
That is one of the first things I am going to do when we get unpacked is take a break and have some Dandelion tea.
Good health for free..who would have thunk it :)

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