This year I am actually planting Dandelion seeds in my garden- yep, that’s right- intentionally!
You probably think Dandelion’s are just plain old weeds that are out to get your lawn. Well, you might want to think again before you get out that nasty bottle of weed-be-gone.
- Rich in calcium, so they are good for your bones!
- Good for your liver and helps increase bile to promote good digestion!
- Good for diabetics, it stimulates the production of insulin to keep blood sugar level.
- It’s a diuretic and helps to clean toxins out of the kidneys and urinary system and for this reason also helps to lower blood pressure.
- Good treatments for acne and weight loss.
- High in free radicals which are needed to prevent cancer.
- Improves the function of the gall bladder and liver.
- It also has healing effects on dyspepsia, infections in the stomach, intestines and urinary system.
- Rich in B vitamins
- Susun Weed calls it “Doctor Dandelion” because it is so beneficial for so many bodily functions.
- The root is also good for PMS- helps eliminate breast tenderness and swelling and premenstrual digestive variances!
- The sap from the stalk can be used- externally- on warts, corns, calluses, hard pimples, bee stings, ols sores ans blisters.
This is just a handful of Dandelions uses. There are so many more, it really is Doctor Dandelion!!
So, maybe you don’t want them all over your lawn, but you might have a patch of lawn to spare. I am going to put them on the perimeter of my vegetable garden, taking care to not let them go to seed. I don’t want my neighbors to hate me!!
As you see above in the picture, I purchased a few packages of Dandelion seeds from Mountain Rose Herbs! There are already wild ones popping up all over the yard, I just love it!
So, what can you do with Dandelions?
There are Dandelion tonics, teas, infusions, tinctures, the leaves can be made into juice, the flowers into wine, and you can eat the leaves raw in a salad or cooked into recipes!
My favorite is Dandelion root tea. It is sort of nutty and kinda tastes like coffee to me, but you won’t get any caffeine from it!
I am excited to experiment more with Dandelion and I will keep you posted on all the ways we use the harvest this year!
Right now Mountain Rose Herbs is having a Dandelion Campaign– so hop on over to their blog and sign up.
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