The Dandelion, one of the members of the famous herb or flower family is really nothing more than a big help to everyone. The remarkable growth of the Dandelion leaves can really be noticed by most anyone. The bitterness of its leaves differs when you harvest them. Dandelion flowers (including the stem) are superfoods.
Majority of the people say that the taste of its leaf is very unique and one of a kind. Groups of people who love eating nature’s fruits say that the Dandelion flower is edible and has a good taste.
This plant’s leaves are also nutritious. This herb is the most nutritious among all the herbs people can buy in herbal stores. This plant has more carotene than carrots and has more iron and calcium than spinach. Its leaves are also filled with Vitamin B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, and D. It also has biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium & zinc. Its roots are also edible and one of the most popular herbal remedies.
People claim that this herb can help strengthen the body. It can also help the liver and gallbladder. Its roots contain taraxacin which helps reduce the inflammation inside the gallbladder. It may also be used for reducing the paint of liver swelling and hepatitis.
Benefits of Dandelion flowers
Of course, this beautiful flower also comes with beautiful stories and benefits. These benefits include:
- Source of antioxidants
- Relief from a headache, backache and menstrual cramps
- Flowers contain vitamin A and B12 (rare to find in plant-based food)
- Rich source of fiber and used to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Prevent urinary tract infection
- Fights diabetes and skin infections
By the behavior of the flowers, you can also predict the weather. When rain approaches the flowers will close ahead of the shower. The plant is thus a natural barometer.
Dandelions also served as a divination tool. One way to utilize her was to blow the seed head. They said the number of seeds remaining is the number of children you will have. In dreamwork they represent happy unions. Their golden appearance was associated with luck, abundance, and happiness.
Another belief is that when you blow the seeds of a dandelion they will carry wishes and affections to the person thought of.
How to consume Dandelions flower
The bitter constituents (i.e. taraxacin and triterpenes besides others) are stimulating to the liver. This makes the plant a good choice for everybody with liver problems including hepatitis. It is invaluable in any detox cure, by itself or combined with Burdock root. With its cooling properties, it helps to balance inflammation, clearing chronic skin issues and acne. While Dandelion promotes bile movement care should be taken with already existing stones. The flowers can be consumed in different ways and these ways are:
- Eaten raw or boiled
The flower tastes like sweet honey and has antioxidant properties which help increase immune function. Good in a salad or by themselves. The greens tend to be bitter, but if you make several changes of water while boiling, you can relieve some of the bitterness.
- Infused into hot water to make dandelion tea
Add 2 tsp. dried herb to one cup of cold water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat, let steep for 15 min., strain. Drink one cup each morning and evening for about 4 – 6 weeks.
- Add as a topping to the salads and soups
In a big bowl arrange all kinds of salad greens Arugula, lettuces, spinach, Dandelions, Yarrow, Purslane. You can make vinaigrette from olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with some orange and/or lemon juice added, salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. Pour the vinaigrette over the greens and toss.
Possible side effects of Dandelions flower
Dandelions can sometimes cause allergic reactions in certain people when used. Dandelion can interfere with certain medications, so you need to consult your doctor if you are suffering from any ailment before consuming dandelion. These effects also include:
- Can lead to skin reaction and allergy
- May not be suitable for people with food sensitivities
- If you are on an antibiotic, using dandelion reduces the effectiveness of the antibiotic medicines.
In conclusion, Dandelion (including the stem) is superfoods that can be used from top to bottom, from its leaves to its roots. This plant is a beneficial plant also since it can be used to cure aid illnesses of the liver, kidney, stomach, spleen, and bladder.