Dandelion; By any other name…
Dandelion is the common English name for the Taraxacum, the Latin name given the pretty yellow flower in medieval pharmacological writings from ancient Persia. The English name is a corruption of the French term for “lion’s tooth.”
Common folk names for the dandelion include: Blowball, canker wort, doon-head-clock, witches gowan, milk witch, lion’s tooth, yellow gowan, Irish daisy, monk’s head, priest’s-crown, puff-ball, faceclock, pee-a-bed, piss-a-bed, wet-a-bed, swine’s snout, white endive and wild enoy
Dandelions Cure Cancer!
Dandelion Root has been shown in recent studies to cure prostate, lung, breast, and other cancers more effectively than chemotherapy.
This therapy works quickly and targets only unhealthy cells while boosting the immune system, protecting healthy cells. Other cancer therapies kill both targeted cells and healthy cells as well.
The entire dandelion plant is edible. The greens are bitter, but edible and full of vitamins and anti-oxidants. They are rich in fiber and full of vitamin A, critical for healthy vision and youthful skin. They can be added to a salad or blended into a favorite smoothie.
The roots and stems of the dandelion plant help fight the onset of diabetes. They stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin, stabilizing spikes in blood sugar levels.
The roots pack their own nutrient punch and can be ground and used as a tea.
Full of Health Benefits
The Dandelion leaf is used to treat kidney ailments. The root, however, is used to treat liver problems.
The dandelion plant and its derivatives are also used for:
- constipation and diarrhea
- hepatitis and jaundice
- health maintenance of types 1 & 2 diabetes
- improve digestion
- detox of liver
- eases bloating and joint pain
- reduces urinary tract infections
- purify the bladder and kidneys
- improves circulation
- eases liver congestion
- decrease inflammation
Gathered by humans since before recorded history, dandelion and its root have been used as a medicinal herb by many different cultures around the world since as early as 900 AD.
It is also an important food source for birds and insects.
This pretty little flower with the powerful health punch has fallen into disfavor over the past century as the manicured lawn has come into fashion. This gregarious plant, with such a powerful nutritional punch, is more known as the scourge of landscapers than the Godsend that it appears to be.
The dandelion is also beneficial to the gardener, with its long thick tap-root that digs deep to break up hard-pan and draws nutrients from below. The plant itself also adds nutrients and minerals to the soil. It attracts pollinating insects and birds, and releases ethylene gas, helping fruit to ripen.
In addition it is an important food source for insect larvae, butterflies and moths.
You may have noticed the white “blood” that seeps out when you break the stem below the flower. The dandelion produces the same quality of latex as the rubber tree. This spurred recent efforts to create higher yielding strains to create another cheap, plentiful production source.
How Do I Use It?
You can use both the top of the plant and the root. The leaves, as mentioned earlier, are bitter, and are commonly used as salad greens or mixed into a green smoothie. It can also be cooked into casserole or slow cooker meals.
The roots can be ground up and used as tea or roasted and made into dandelion “coffee,” said to taste like coffee but with the healthful benefits of the tea. Dandelion tea also replenished electrolytes immediately due to its high potassium content.
The research is only beginning into the curative and preventative powers of this humble herb. There is already than enough evidence indicating this as an important addition to our daily routine. If only half the benefits claimed are true this is still one of the best natural things you can do for your health. The dandelion definitely qualifies as a “superfood.”