I couldn’t believe that dandelions were actually “Good ” People spend a lot of money & time on getting rid of these beautiful “weeds”.
My earliest memories of Dandelions were of course when they went to seed & you could blow on them & the little white ball would float in the air for a moment and scatter in the wind, This white puff contains the seeds.
Here is a list of top benefits of Dandelion’s
#1. They have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes Dandelion’s such a great choice for a salve, rubbing this on your hands or any body parts needing help to reduce inflammation, therefore helping to relieve pain. Can be very beneficial to those suffering from arthritis. Inflammation can lead to many serious diseases, so reducing inflammation should be high on our priority list.
#2 Dandelions have a high source of vitamins, A, C, K & E making these dandelions beneficial topically & orally. Good on your skin. Including minerals, Iron, calcium, magnesium. & Potassium. These make Dandelion useful in many applications.
#3. Dandelions help rid your liver of toxins just wash the little yellow flower & eat 1 or two a day. You can also drink Dandelion tea. Research has been done on mice & the results were amazing. Mice that had been given high doses of toxins, had bounced back due to Dandelions.
#4. Dandelions have been used medically to treat high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. There are several ways to introduce dandelions to our diet, one form is drinking dandelion tea.
I started picking dandelions and making oil infusions from all parts of the plant, concentrating on the leaves. ( how to listed below)
The flower is an excellent addition to a salad, after picking wash thoroughly, let dry, and just toss them into your favorite salad, adding nutrients and a pop of color.
#5. Dandelions contain potent antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that help prevent free radicals. Too many free radicals speed up aging. Dandelions also are rich in beta-carotene that works well to prevent signs of aging. Using a blend with dandelion and coconut oil is a great way to moisturize your skin while adding natural benefits.
To begin your infusion of dandelion and oil I thoroughly wash the dandelion from flower to root, then I lay it on paper towels to dry. Make sure they are dried well because moisture will ruin your infusion. Next, I put them into a mason jar and add my choice of oils. (Many to choose from)
This is a picture of a young dandelion, you can tell by the leaves, they are small and few, as the years go by the leaves get larger and the rosette gets fuller.
Don’t forget to pick only dandelions that have not been sprayed with chemicals.
Enjoy what I think is a blessing, not a menace.
I know that when spring is near I get excited about the dandelions coming up, although that means a lot of work for me it also means a lot of healing products.
Take the time and enjoy the beauty of these wonderful flowers.