By T. K. Barwood
Today lets talk dandelions. We all hate dandelions. These little boogers like to grow everywhere. Thanks to children blowing their seeds all over the yard and they are some of the most stubborn weeds to get rid of. I stopped trying to get rid of them years ago. Dandelions are very helpful when modern medicine is gone.
Every part of the dandelion plant can be used. When harvesting the plant make sure it’s before the frost comes and has rained. Take a garden fork and move dirt away from root to pull out freely. Make sure you keep all the parts. They are slam packed with vitamins like C, A, E, B6 and Thiamin. Full of minerals like calcium (bones), iron (red blood cells), potassium (blood pressure), and so much more.
Starting with the root, a good root can be collected every two years from each plant. The root can be eaten steamed, dried, roasted and even ground into a coffee substitute. It can be used dried, as a powder, or in a liquid. Dosage recommended is 2-8 grams of dried 3x a day. This is easiest in a capsule form. Also 250 mg of liquid (extract or dicoction) 4x a day as tea and such. The root is said to improve lactation, used as a diuretic to relieve the body of excess fluid and lower blood pressure. The root is also used as an anti-cancer compound and boosts the immune system.
Now the leaves, they can be eaten raw, steamed, saute or braised. The leaves are used as a diuretic and are chucked full of antioxidants. They can help boost the immune system and have 535 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin K. This is considered the most important plant-based food to strengthen bones and fight Alzheimer’s. Food Facts.
The flowers are tasty as well as useful. Most often used to make wine, but make a delicious jelly and a sweet battered fritter. A tea made of the flowers can help stabilize blood sugar levels and relieve an upset stomach. The tea is also said to raise HDL, lower LDL and normalize triglycerides. (umm.edu).
Dandelions are very good for you, look at your weeds as friends and live healthy. Love your weeds!!!
Written by TK Barwood