Benefits of Dandelion
for Anemia, PMS, Cancer and Losing Weight
The benefits of dandelion, the common weed known as Taraxacum officinale,
are wide. From the prevention of breast cancer
to the help of eczema-like skin problems, this common weed is a miracle
shouldn't be ignored.
Dandelions pop up in lawns and fields throughout the world. They are
everywhere! Children the world round have spent many an hour blowing
the seed heads and counting the puffs to determine the time. However,
due to its medicinal
the dandelion is not seen as a weed to
get rid of but rather a herb to cultivate. It is cultivated in China,
France and Germany.
Dandelions are interesting plants. Their yellow flowers close up tight
when rain is soon to fall and there are a number of variations in leaf
characteristics. Some are darker green and slightly furry, with
rounded serrations, some are brilliant green, less hardy in hot
weather, with sharply-indented longer leaves, but all have the same
In Italy and other European countries well know the benefits of
dandelions, and you will see women bent in the fields in spring picking
the tender dandelions for salads.
And for those growing this herb for
herbal medicines the plant is harvested for dandelion tea and
in the early summer before the plant blooms.
Dandelion leaves are used as a powerful diuretic. The root
used, and usually harvested after 2 years of growth. The root is a
and helps both
the kidneys and the liver to remove
poisons from the system. For centuries, dandelion root has been used to
The common dandelion contains a number of vitamins and minerals
essential for maintaining good health. They contain
manganese, sodium, sulphur, vitamins A, B, C, D, and that necessary
liver-regulating substance, choline.
Benefits of Dandelion and Anemia
Dandelions are a rich source of iron
and vitamins, and when compared to carrots, has more
carrots when comparing portions. Dandelions also contain high levels of
potassium. For generations, herbalists have used dandelion root to
treat anemia to as it has a high iron and zinc content and is rich in
Benefits of Dandelion and Bladder Infections and Premenstrual
Dandelion is a very different
diuretic. Most diuretics cause a loss of potassium.
however, are rich in potassium therefore, when using dandelion as a
diuretic this results in a net gain of this vital mineral. Because of
its high potassium levels, dandelion also alleviates leg cramps and
muscle spasms. Due to its diuretic properties dandelion helps to
relieve fluid retension in premenstrual syndrom (PMS) and counteracts
urine retention in bladder infections.
Benefits of Dandelion for Constipation, Hemorrhoids, and
Dandelion root is used as a liver
cleanser as it stimulates the production of bile which in turn
transports potentially noxious compounds to the stool. The
bile aids in the relief of constipation without causing diarrhea, and
in turn helps with hemorrhoids. If you have gallstones it is advisable
not to take dandelion as the increase of bile flow could increase
pressure against the stones.
Benefits of Dandelion for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Using dandelion along
with 4 other
herbs in combination were found in a Bulgarian study to help 95% of the
sufferers with the relief of IBS
after just 15 days of treatment.
Benefits of Dandelion for Osteoporosis
Dandelion is a rich source of boron,
which helps to raise the estrogen levels in the blood, and in turn
helps to preserve bone. It is also a rich source of calcium and a fair
source of silicon, which some studies suggest helps strengthen bone.
Benefits of Dandelion for Losing Weight
European herbalists frequently
suggest dandelion tinctures for losing weight. Many people
than they are through water-retention. As dandelion root is a diuretic
is reduces water weight. As it cleanses the liver and stimulates the
rate of bile flow, it also helps to improve the fat metabolism in the
Benefits of Dandelion and Dandelion Coffee
coffee is made from the
roots of the plant. They are dug up in the second year of growth, and
Dig up the whole plant in the autumn. Cut off the leaves, and
use in salads, or put through the juicer, or add to the compost heap
where they are always very welcome. Then wash and dry the large tap
roots (rubbing off the small hair rootlets), and dry in a cool oven
till quite brittle. Roast them to a light brown when needed and grind
One or two teaspoons brews a cup of a very pleasant tasting
beer is another option. Pull up one pound weight of leaves
and tap roots of the dandelions. Wash well, add rind and juice of 2
lemons, then add 2 gallons of water. Boil for 15 minutes. Strain the
liquid over 2 lb raw sugar, add 2 oz cream of tartar, and half an
envelope of lager yeast. (You can use 3/4 fresh yeast cake but the
taste is not as good. ) Let the liquid stand in stainless steel or
ceramic bowls for 3 days, covering lightly. Never use aluminum vessels
for making herb beers.
Bottle in brown or dark green bottles, cork well and it will be ready
to drink in a week. However, it tastes better after leaving it for two.
It has a bitter taste to it, but it is very refreshing on a hot
summer's day, and also very good for you in the process.
Use Dandelion with Care
If you are thinking about cultivating dandelions be careful where you
grow them. Dandelions
gas . As ethylene inhibits the
growth and height of nearby growing plants, you will need to place your
dandelions well away from the other plants you are cultivating.
However, you can also use this to your advantage. As ethylene is also
used extensively in the artificial ripening of fruit, planting
dandelions in your orchard will help aid in the early ripening of your
fruit crop .
Although it is obvious that there are lots of benefits of dandelion use
there are also some precautions to take.
Dandelion may increase
and ulcer pain. If you have
gallstones or biliary tract obstructions, you should not take this
herb. People with known allergies to yarrow and chamomile should use
dandelion with caution.
Never use dandelion as a
drugs for hypertension . If you are taking diuretic drugs,
medications that reduce blood-sugar levels, you should use dandelion
only under a physician's supervision.
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