The Multitudinous Medicinal Properties of Dandelion
In modern life, dandelions are generally treated as a nuisance plant, to be crowded and poisoned out of suburban lawns. To those who know, however, dandelion is rich in medicinal properties. It detoxifies the liver, relieves allergies, lowers cholesterol, stimulates the production of bile, and is a diuretic. It contains more carotene than carrots, along with other vitamins and minerals, and can be very useful to pregnant and postmenopausal women.
The best time to gather dandelion is early in April. Look for it away from polluted areas, out of town and off busy roads. Because the entire plant has medicinal properties, use a knife to dig out the root along with the top. Dandelion leaves are good in salads, and they can be mixed into eggs and potatoes. The leaves are higher in vitamins than spinach or tomatoes.
The plant’s stem purifies the blood, heals stomach problems, regulates metabolism and stimulates the gallbladder. It is also considered a remedy against diabetes. Milk from the step can be used for removing warts.
You can use the flowers to prepare dandelion syrup, sometimes called dandelion honey. This purifies and strengthens the blood, and improves digestion. Here is the recipe:
Pick 400 dandelion flowers, and pour 3 liters of cold water over them. Slice 4 lemons and 4 oranges, and add to the mixture. Leave it for 24 hours, then strain it through cheesecloth. Transfer the remaining liquid into a pot, add 2 cups of sugar, and cook for an hour and 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
When the mixture boils and thickens, reduce the heat. Pour the hot syrup into pre-heated, sterilized jars. You can use the syrup to treat coughs, colds, and bronchitis. It is safe for children.
Dandelion root has been recognized for its medicinal properties for centuries. Now scientific research has shown this root can even be useful in treating cancer. To prepare the root and keep it for future use, peel it and cut it in small sections. Dry them by spreading them on a suitable surface in a cool, dry place with a good flow of air. Let them dry for 13 or 14 days. Test them by seeing if they are brittle to touch; if so, they are dry enough. Store them in a jar. They will keep in a dry, dark place for up to a year.
Dandelion root purifies the kidneys, gallbladder, liver and lymph system. Therefore, it is useful in preventing and treating many health issues from gallstones to arthritis, constipation to rheumatism, to hepatitis, acne and edema. It prevents and treats breast issues such as cancer, cysts, tumors and problems relating to breastfeeding.
The leaves of the dandelion can be used to make dandelion tea. Pick the plants and air dry them. Boil the dried leaves and sweeten the tea with honey if desired. Always use a wooden or plastic, not a metal, spoon. Store the dried leaves in a jar for ongoing use.
Dandelion tea can also be made mixing 60 grams of the fresh leaves and 30 grams of dried dandelion root. Put them in a pan with 2.5 ounces of water and a pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the mixture and drink three cups of tea every day.