Natural Remedies Using Dandelions

by Connie Proctor


As a kid, you enjoyed blowing on a dandelion and scattering the fluff, then making a wish. As an adult, you may have learned to disdain the dandelion as a nuisance in your yard. 

But don't be so quick to pluck the dandelion. This plant is plentiful in natural health benefits which can aid your body from head to toe. Take a look at some of these natural remedies using dandelions and you won't be so quick to banish this bloom.

While plants in the same family are native to North America, what we commonly know as the dandelion is a species that came from Europe and Asia. 

The French get the credit for its name, “dent-de-lion,” meaning "lion's tooth" for the jagged shape of its leaves. It's one of the first flowers to arrive in the spring and lasts all through the summer, which makes it easy to gather and use. It's actually a very tasty herb with many uses in folkloric medicinal treatments. Eating dandelion greens can improve circulation digestion, blood flow, and liver and kidney function. Nibbling on these leaves may also help reduce blood pressure and lower blood cholesterol. They're full of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as calcium, iron, and phosphorous.

Stronger than the dandelion leaf is its root, which is also a source of vitamin C and potassium, and is being studied as a potential cancer fighter. They're useful in treating anemia in people who have blood sugar issues. Dandelions are often used to ease menstrual problems such as cramps, bloating, and tender breasts. The ancient Egyptians would brew the roots into a tea, and serve it to anyone with an ailment. Sort of like the way we use chamomile tea and chicken soup today.

Don't leave out the flowering part of the dandelion! its blond florets contain an anti-inflammatory that relieves joint pain. Gather a jar of fresh flower heads, cover with almond or grapeseed oil, then top with one to two ounces of 100 proof vodka. It sounds like a recipe for a potent drink, but this concoction is for rubbing, not imbibing. The vodka is just there to prevent mold. Use a piece of cheesecloth to cover your jar, and keep it in a warm sunny spot. After four weeks, the oil will absorb the dandelion concentrate, creating a remedy for joint and muscle swelling and pain, rashes, and skin problems.

Even though the benefits of dandelions are plentiful, heed one warning. If you've treated your yard with chemicals to remove weeds, don't eat the polluted plants. These chemicals are toxic. And if you suffer from ragweed allergies, chances are you’re also allergic to dandelions.

Now that you're a little more wise to the ways of the dandelion, you're aware that these fluffy, yellow blooms aren't the enemy or just an annoying weed. So grab a white puff, blow, and wish for more dandelions and better health.

Connie Proctor,  a former professional dancer, is now a physical therapist and yoga instructor who advocates for wellness for people of all abilities. A dedicated vegan, she grows her own organic fruits and vegetables.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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