Dandelion ~ A Weed with Many Benefits

by montejosmemorials on September 24, 2015

Dandelion ~ A Weed With Many Benefits

by Joyce Montejo

I have many memories of sitting in a field with dandelions picking off the petals saying, "He loves me, he loves me not."  Did you ever do that?

The past few weeks we have been talking about my favorite herbal blend, Vital. We have learned it has three major groups of nutrients in it, the first one being chlorophyll, the next being herbal minerals and the third, adaptogenic herbs. We have also talked about the benefits of the different chlorophyll’s, which include, Spinach, Nettle, Alfalfa, and Mulberry. I got side tracked one time focusing on one of the adaptogens, Schizandra, and then went back to the herbal minerals, the first one, Avena Sativa or Oats. Today I am going to talk about that pesky weed many of us are familiar with in our yards, Dandelion, and it’s wealth of benefits! I also want to remind you, just in case you forgot, that all of these items and benefits that go along with them, is in my favorite herbal blend, just one drink packet that I mix in water in the morning. Researching and actually typing out all of these benefits, has caused me to be even more overwhelmed by what an incredible addition to my diet this has been!

This is what Herb Wisdom has to say about Dandelion.

"Dandelion as a medicine was first mentioned in the works of the Arabian physicians of the tenth and eleventh centuries, who speak of it as a sort of wild Endive, under the name of Taraxcacon. In this country, we find allusion to it in the Welsh medicines of the thirteenth century. Dandelion was much valued as a medicine in the times of Gerard and Parkinson, and is still extensively employed.

Dandelion roots have long been largely used on the Continent, and the plant is cultivated largely in India as a remedy for liver complaints.
Daniel Mowrey, Ph.D, author of "the Scientific Validation of Herbal Medicine" states, ‘Dandelion heads the list of excellent foods for the liver.’ The herb has been used for centuries to treat jaundice and the yellowing of the skin that comes with liver dysfunction, cirrhosis, hepatitis, and liver disease.

But liver function isn’t the only use of this nutritious plant. It is also used to treat infections, swelling, water retention, breast problems, gallbladder problems, pneuemonia, and viruses. Studies have shown that dandelion stimulates bile flow and has a mild diuretic effect. Modern naturopathic physicians use dandelion to detoxify the liver and reduce the side effects of prescription medications.

The chief constituents of Dandelion root are Tarazacin, acrystalline, and Tataxacerin, an acrid resin, with Inulin (a sort of sugar which replaces starch in many of the Dandelion family, Compositae), gluten, gum, and potash. It contains substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, B-complex, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, choline, calcium, and boron.

Diuretic, tonic and slightly aperient. It is a general stimulant to the system, but especially to the urinary organs, and is chiefly used in kidney and liver disorders.

Dandelion is not only official, but is used in many oatent medicines. Not being poisonous, quite big doses of it’s preparations may be taken. Its beneficial action is best obtained when combined with other agents."

  With all of these nutrients, it looks like a multivitamin label. Many who are new to herbs can get hung up on how many mg. of a certain thing there are, but just like you can’t determine that from your salad or your smoothie, it’s like that. Your body sees it as food and the nutrients are readily available for your body to use. 

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easypeasylifematters September 28, 2015 at 11:27 pm

This was fascinating! I knew that dandelions were good for you but I had no idea that they did all this! Thanks for sharing on Thank Goodness it’s Monday link up 🙂

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montejosmemorials September 29, 2015 at 6:09 am

Glad you enjoyed it! It amazes me over and over again, how nature has so much that we need. 🙂

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