Dandelion

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With Locks of Gold today;

Tomorrow Silver Grey:

Then Blossom-bald.

Behold,

O Man, thy Fortune told!

J.B. Tabb~( 1845-1909 )

 Most of us will know what a Dandelion is,  many see them growing wild, they are also found in our gardens, especially our lawns.

We are often encouraged to kill them in those weed-killing adverts, as they show us how to zap them dead with one squirt of poison.  

Hare and Dandelion painting
~Sue Dreamwalker

Yet the Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has tremendous health benefits, perhaps that’s why big pharma linked with the chemicals companies of weed killers want you to keep zapping them.  Because it grows in abundance and is free and it aids our health.. Like some other plant-based medicines I could think of.

The dandelion root has been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of health issues, so it is no wonder that it’s regaining popularity as people discover how easy it is to grow and harvest.

The Dandelion has many health benefits, the root is where most of the medicinal properties are. But you can eat the leaves and the flowers along with the stems, they are all edible, and can be added to salads and stir fries. Or you can dry it out and use for making tea.

Here I hung out Dandelions Drying for making tea

Dandelion derives from the French ‘Dent de lion’ ( Lion’s tooth ) a reference to the jagged leaves pointing backwards. Which to the imagination look like a lions jaw.

Dandelions contains 12 times the amount of vitamin A than a lettuce, and about 3 times its vitamin C.

I pick younger leaves as the older leaves tend to be Very, very bitter if using them in a salad. Or steamed like spinach.

Note: Make sure that your Dandelions have not been sprayed with any chemicals or weedkillers, and are picked away from the roadside where they will pick up contaminants from vehicles exhausts etc. Wash well.

You can also make Dandelion Wine  I am sure many of us can recall the taste of Dandelion and Burdock Pop or cordial … One of my favourite fizzy drinks as a child and still is… 

 

Studies have been found Dandelion is very good for our hearts, and can lower bad Cholesterol, it can fight Free Radicals with its powerful Antioxidant properties, called beta carotene.

It can help stabilise blood sugars, and some research suggests it may be helpful in treatments of type ll Diabetes.

 Also Blood Pressure can be lowered naturally with dandelion root. Potassium has been proven to help lower blood pressure and dandelions are rich in potassium. Also Potassium increased in your diet will help relieve muscle cramps, you can also get this from Banana’s too.  

Potassium also helps osteoporosis and kidney stones too, so a cup of dandelion root tea every day will provide the potassium your body needs to stay healthier.

Dandelions have antimicrobial and antiviral properties in them, that work to strengthen the immune system. Vitally important at the moment to keep our immune systems topped up. I also use Echanechia drops this helps our immune system fight cold and flu symptoms!.

 What is there not to like about the Dandelion, for they improve digestion, help reduce inflammation, which is why I drink dandelion and root tea on a regular basis, along with nettle tea, I will go into the benefits of nettles another day.  Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamin A.

Dandelion picked and washed

Here I picked tender young leaves and roots from my allotment, I washed and scrubbed the earth from the roots and then hung up to dry, once dry I then crushed to store in an airtight jar to use as in a tea.  Lots of methods can be found on the internet of how to prepare and add to recipes.

Dandelion Tea

So next time you think of zapping a dandelion or pulling it up from your garden…. Think twice on how it may aid your own health and benefit you,… all for free… 😊

 I will add a link here so you can see for yourself all of those health benefits

Happy Gardening!

50 thoughts on “Dandelion

  1. Interesting facts, Sue.
    Dandelion has always baffled me as we are warned to keep it away or away from it, yet like you say we drink it with burdock regularly. Is it because it grows freely, so therefore little money in it? More is spent on poisoning it, as you say, where it could be harvested and used as Nature intended.
    Hmmm… 🙂

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  2. I remember my father was growing Dandelion and when they were large enough he put on an opac panel to make them and tender.
    I have a son who make wine with flowers of dandelion and other plants ( true wine got by fermentation ).
    Your post is tasty, Sue ! 🙂
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    • Merci Michel, je suis si heureux que votre fils perpétue la tradition de faire du vin de pissenlit, nous faisions aussi notre propre vin…. Bien que je n’ai jamais fait de vin de pissenlit, j’ai fait du vin de rhubarbe, du vin de panais et de la fraise Vin de A à Z avec la méthode de fermentation…. La Rhubarbe a mis deux ans à s’éclaircir, mais oh c’était bon quand c’était prêt 🙂
      Merci Michel pour votre gentil commentaire

      Thank you Michel, I’m so glad your son is carrying on the tradition of making dandelion wine, we also made our own wine…. Although I’ve never made dandelion wine, I have made rhubarb, parsnip wine and strawberry Wine from A to Z with the fermentation method…. The Rhubarb took two years to clear in the demi jars , but oh it was good when it was ready 🙂
      Thank you Michael for your nice comment. ❤

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        • Oh we were…. We used to when younger make lots of wine.. Beer too 🙂 lol….. And making wine with natural ingredients is the best.. 🙂

          Oh, nous étions… Nous avions l’habitude, quand nous étions plus jeunes, de faire beaucoup de vin… De la bière aussi 🙂 lol… Et faire du vin avec des ingrédients naturels est ce qu’il y a de mieux ❤

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  3. Dandelions are the first flower that is offered to bees when they bloom here in the early Spring. We are taking the nectar away by cutting the grass and killing them off with herbicides which is an aberration to Gaia. You can cultivate capers from dandelions and pickle them. Dandelions produce a small, caper-sized flower bud early in spring before the stem shoots skyward and opens into a flower. Dandelions are so overlooked today but as you said they are beneficial for health which I didn’t know about. Probably read about years ago and alas my steel trap memory has left me never to return lol. Aging you have to love it. Thought provoking and informational post as always. I will try what you have suggested and give it a go. May you have spiritual epiphanies as we end the weekend and may your week ahead may you have the same. Forgot to mention the little poem under the dandelion is really nice and the header striking. Its a keeper much love Joseph ❤

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    • Thank you dear Joseph… I found the poem in a herb book I have…. I would get into trouble often when a child as we would pick the Dandelion clocks to blow and make a wish… and the sap if it got on your clothes would take some removing in the wash, and some how I would manage to get my clothes dirty lol 😉 … I also remember the stains on my hands from dandelions… I would pick them for my younger sisters pet rabbit….
      I learnt something new from your comment about the capers I didn’t know that so thank you.
      And thank you for your well wishes Joseph.. May your week be fruitful also. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Ah dear lady, just what I needed. My low Potassium levels will love you forever, as I will. The cortico steroids I take for the Emphysema are truly trashing my body, my immune system will also love you to bits for this too. All these things in such a lovely little plant. And all those years I made wishes with them and blew their seeds everywhere 😀. I will just take it slowly and follow my body’s reaction dear lady, thank you 😀❤️🙏🏽

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  5. Must tell you something you may not have known, Sue. On the island on Dalmatian coast in Croatia where I was born and lived as a child the diet is very healthy and among then greens we eat cooked or blanched was and is Dandelion! Boil or cook the leaves for 10 to 15 minutes, drain, olive oil bit of sea salt bit of garlic and away you go into a healthy side dish. To make it more interesting my mom used to cook a bit of fresh dill with it. Yummy and healthy. All my childhood I listened to stories how Dandelion was very healthy …

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    • Now that sounds very healthy, much like the wild spinach also here classed as a prevalent weed..
      Nature provides us with many nutrious meals.
      Sadly the soil is being eroded in its nutritional value, with the added chemicals.
      Yes if we look at certain plants called weeds they arrive usually showing what us lacking in the soils structure to give back into the earth what’s needed.

      We may yet come back to the ‘old traditional methods’ of farming in the not too distant future. Farmers I think are waking up around the world how they have been manipulated into relying on chemicals to produce .

      Thank you Dear Ina for sharing that, its good to know of someone actually eating healthy Dandelions as a child on a regular basis.

      I have eaten young tender dandelion raw in salads it adds a bite to flavour.
      I’ve not tried any steamed or boiled but I will follow your suggestion as I like garlic and olive oil
      Thank you Ina.. 😊 💓 🙏

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  6. Hi Sue! Great information! I really enjoyed reading the other comments too – it’s always exciting to hear about the benefits of something deemed as a ‘pest’ that needs to be irradiated. If ‘they’ say it’s bad for us and needs to be killed – GIVE ME SOME!!! Seems like it’s usually the opposite of what they tell us. At least we can look past the bad advice and relish in mother nature’s wonderful plants to help us along the way! Great post! Much love, Donna

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    • Oh most definitely, I’ve found your statement to be so true about its usually the opposite if we’re told its bad its probably good for us, and what we are told is good for us is as we’ve discovered, is very often bad.

      We are learning though as we navigate our way through the disinformation as we learn to discern for ourselves and take back controlling our health via rediscovering what natural herbs and what’s good for us.

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  7. Love it! We eat the greens in season here. I absolutely LOVE your hare and dandelion painting! One of my favorites of yours! If you ever decide to sell it, I would be honored to have it in my house! 🙏💓💓💓

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  8. I would never zap a dandelion. Shame on anyone who would. They are one of my favorite flowers, and I love congregations of them, a sea of yellow, so inviting and happy. Isn’t it amazing, the false information homeowners have accepted, as truth, for so long? Give me a blanket of dandelions anytime over a green lawn.

    Wonderful message, here, my friend.

    Wishing you a peaceful, easy, blessing-filled Sunday.

    Hugs from Olympia

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    • Thank you Bill, yes the information we’ve been fed over the years takes a little unravelling. Nature and herbs every time over chemicals..

      But you know all about that lol.. now time to explore, enjoy all nature has to offer with less hard work Unless your Bev, with her backpack training lol
      Hope all going well there. 😁💕 thank you Bill.

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  9. Thank you, lovely Sue, I knew this deep down and had forgotten. A timely reminder. Much love flowing to you both, always. May you be keeping cool and managing to water all your allotment abundance in this heatwave. Xxx ❤ ❤ ❤

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  10. I once thought of dandelions as invasive weeds. But one day my twin grandchildren ran to me with their arms filled with dandelions and they suddenly became the most beautiful flowers in the world. To see the world through the eyes of a child is a wonderful thing.

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    • Thank you dear Wolfie…. Yes the Dandelion is very misrepresented and it really should be revered for all its healing qualities… And thank you for your compliments on my painting skills..
      Much love your way ❤ ❤

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