Dandelions – not an annoying weed, but a medicinal plant in your garden
If you like walking in the forest from the end of March to the end of October, then you will definitely have meet a small yellow flower on meadows. Fields, clearings or seen in cracks in walls. A lot of people don’t know exactly what that is and just ignore it. Others also find “the annoying weed” in the city, where it doesn’t stop at streets and sidewalks. Most people don’t even realize that this is the dandelion. And this is much more than you think. It is a medicinal plant that is often underestimated. The so-called common dandelion is a persistent, herbaceous and easily adaptable plant. It is by no means toxic, on the contrary, delicious and healthy. We are sure to have sparked your interest: stay tuned to find out more about the dandelion. Here we also show its health benefits and report which ailments and diseases weed can help with.
The dandelion can be found walking in the forest or on a meadow.
In the cities, where the air is still not very polluted, the medicinal plant grows on sidewalks and alongside roads.
How do you recognize the common dandelion?
The dandelion originally comes from western Asia and is now widespread in Central Europe. The healthy herb can also be found on other parts of the world in the northern hemisphere. It is still called dandelion or buttercup. The plant can also have other names such as common cowflower or real or common dandelion. No matter what we call the plant and where we find it, it stands out with its sun-yellow flowers. Its long, jagged leaves are reminiscent of a lion’s teeth, which is where the plant’s usual name comes from. The tongues develop on a leafless hollow stem. The whole wild plant can reach a height of 10-30 cm. It has a thick and quite robust root that can be one to two meters long. Interestingly, all parts of the plant, from the flower to the stem to the root, are edible and healthy. What is special about the dandelion is the white milk juice, which is contained in its parts.
We first show the external characteristics of the dandelion so you don’t confuse it with another wild herb.
Extra tip: The typical white milk juice in the stem of the dandelion is incorrectly described as toxic. That is not true at all, on the contrary, it is very healthy for humans! For this reason, the dandelion is also called the European ginseng.
Caution, risk of confusion. The common dandelion can easily be mistaken for poisonous wild plants like the related sheep dandelion and the common piglet herb. Be forewarned and take into account that the stems of these two plants are not hollow.
The dandelion as a traditional medicinal plant and in what does it help?
Since all parts of the dandelion plant are edible and there is an enormous amount of useful ingredients hidden in them, you can prepare a lot from them. From a warm tea and green smoothie to fresh dandelion salad and a tasty soup. But we will report on the use of the well-known medicinal plant in the kitchen in our next article. Today we want to highlight the plus points of the dandelion for human health. First of all, you need to know that the leaves of the dandelion contain a lot of vitamin C and provitamin A. You can therefore use a dandelion tea e.g. Strengthen your immune system and fight spring tiredness. In addition, the bitter substances contained in the dandelion have an appetizing effect and help a lot with digestive problems. It can also alleviate acute complaints and take a detox regimen. We summarize the other health benefits of this medicinal plant for you in the following overview
The medicinal plant has a versatile effect and can help with many medical complaints.
Diuretic and blood cleansing agent: The dandelion supplies the body with important vitamins and minerals and at the same time has a diuretic effect. It contains potassium so that our body can never suffer from a lack of nutrients. The medicinal plant against urinary tract infections is used as a homeopathic diuretic. Furthermore, regular consumption of dandelions can also prevent the formation of kidney stones. The medicinal herb is also widely used as a diuretic and blood cleansing agent, for example in flushing therapy and against rhema and gout.
Dandelion tea detoxifies and vitalises the body
Dandelion helps with diabetes: A cup of dandelion tea or a few drops of the root extract can help a lot with diabetes, because it leads to a low blood sugar level and restores the balance of the blood sugar level.
The medicinal herb strengthens bile and liver: eating dandelions increases bile production and improves fat metabolism. It helps fats to be broken down better. This promotes healthy weight loss and feels vital and alert. The medicinal herb is still used for hepatitis, gallstones, cirrhosis of the liver. However, we would like to advise that such treatment should always be carried out under medical supervision!
Before starting therapy with dandelions, you need to get advice from your doctor or a naturopath
The dandelion is used to heal gastrointestinal complaints: the healing power of the dandelion is also proven for loss of appetite, flatulence, feeling of fullness etc. The metabolism is stimulated and the intestinal flora is kept intact.
Good for skin problems: A white plant sap is pressed from the stems of the medicinal plant, which helps with skin problems. For example, it is used well for corneas, corns and warts. It has an antibacterial effect and can also be used for eczema.
The best medicine comes from nature
Conclusion: Discover the healing power of nature and inform yourself in detail about the healing effects of dandelions. It might look like an annoying weed, but it contains many substances that are good for our health. Include the dandelion in your daily menu and benefit from its healing talents. Stay healthy and enjoy life!
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