Dandelion is not getting the attention it deserves although it is a plant with numerous health benefits. However, when you’re picking it, make sure you get it from clean areas far away from the city and pollution.
Dandelion root has been recently gaining attention due to its anti-cancer properties. According to studies, the root of the plant works better than chemotherapy and targets the cancer cells only. Dandelion root has diuretic properties as well which can stimulate the production of bile, clean your liver, treat allergies and reduce the levels of the bad (LDL) cholesterol. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium. It also contains about 535% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin K and about 110% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin A.
Considering April is knocking on our door, it’s good to know that this is the month when dandelion is picked. All the parts of this amazing plant have healing abilities.
A healthy salad can be prepared with dandelion leaves, and it is a great addition to boiled eggs and potatoes. The leaves of the plant contain a syrup (honey), which can clean your blood and improve digestion while treating cough at the same time.
The root needs to be dried before use. Peel and cut the root carefully before drying, then let it dry on fresh air. Spread it out on a paper in a cold and dry place with great air flow. The root should be dry enough in 3-14 days, and you will know that it’s prepared when it crumbles under your fingers.
Dry dandelion root can be effective for a year if kept in a glass jar in a cold and dark place. It can clean your liver, gallbladder, kidneys and lymph while stimulating your kidneys to flush out toxins from the body through urine. This root can also be used to treat constipation, acne, edema, arthritis, rheumatism, hepatitis and gallbladder stones.