Dandelion, grown in many parts of the world, can be a common weed to most of us but it is also known for it’s amazing medicinal properties. What are the health benefits of dandelion and how can you use it?
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- Table of Contents
- Is dandelion healthy?
- Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea
- Other Ways to Use Dandelion
Is dandelion healthy?
All parts of the dandelion plant, that is the leaves, stem, flower and root of the dandelion all have medicinal properties and can be used in many different ways to address certain health issues.
For centuries, they’ve been used to treat conditions such as cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders.
Other health benefits include all parts of the dandelion plant having high nutritional content. It contains potent antioxidants including high levels of beta-carotene.
Preliminary studies have found that it may help fight many ailments including inflammation, blood sugar control, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, promote a healthy liver, assist in weight loss, boost your immune system, protect against sun damage and support healthy bones.
Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea
Using either the leaves from the dandelion plant or the roots after being roasted, the tea made from the dandelion plant has been known to have many health benefits. Many of which have been known about and used for many years.
Some other health benefits of dandelion tea include:
- reduce bloating
- a liver detox
- a natural coffee substitute
- potential weight loss
- soothe digestive ailments
- cancer fighting potential
- urinary tract prevention.
If harvesting dandelion from your own yard (or anybody else’s) be sure that the lawn hasn’t been treated with chemicals for weeds.
To make dandelion tea:
- Flowers and Leaves: Wash, then let steep in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
- Roots: Wash thoroughly, chop into fine pieces, and heat on high in an oven for about two hours. Steep 1-2 teaspoons in hot water for about 10 minutes.
Other Ways to Use Dandelion
This is just a small selection of recipes for using the dandelion plant. Suitable for making drink and food recipes plus also therapeutic applications.
Commonly found in nearly everyone’s backyard, the humble dandelion plant is proving to be another one of nature’s wonders and all parts of the plant can be used. Why not give this free plant a try and enjoy the health benefits it provides.
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