The Dandelian, a boon to some bust for others!

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The Dandelian, a boon to some bust for others!

The Dandelion a boon to some bust for others!
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Now really how does one not smile at the brilliant yellow blossoms dotting the country side or perhaps your lawn each spring and summer! Ok Ok I know dandelions are one of the most common and despised weeds of those keepers of pristine lawns. But really the dandelion is just as useful as it is prolific.

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Dandelions: 31+ Medicinal and Culinary Uses for the King of Weeds

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This article is part of a series on weed gardens and identifying and using the plants you’ll often find there. For other articles in the series, please click here.

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As you can see, the weed garden is really starting to come to life. I’ve got henbit, sedges, dayflowers, wood sorrel, pokeweed, and a few other visitors. But one weed I would gladly welcome has yet to show up. Dandelions!

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Dandelions are pretty much the unofficial mascots for foraging and herbal medicine. They can be found on every continent (except Antarctica) and have tremendous value as food and medicine. They invade lawns, fields, and waste spaces despite every effort to control, contain, and kill them.

Dandelions are survivors, and they pass on a little of that to us when we consume them.

Identifying Dandelions

While dandelions do have a few look-alikes, none of them are toxic. Among the common fakers, you’ll find cat’s ear, chicory, shepherd’s purse, and hawksbeard. Here’s your guide to telling the real thing from the fakers.

Dandelions are perennials1)Perennial: Any plant that lives for more than 2 years. that grow in a basal rosette.2)Basal Rosette: A circular arrangement of leaves at ground level. You’ll never find leaves growing from the stem. Leaves are anywhere from 2 inches to over a foot (5 to 40 centimeters) long and have jagged teeth.

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The jagged pattern of the leaves can vary quite a bit. On some plants, the indentations will go nearly to the midline of the leaf, while others will have fairly shallow teeth. The tips of the teeth tend to point backward, toward the center of the plant. Leaves are virtually hairless at all stages of growth.

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By the way, the name “dandelion” is said to come from “dent de lion” or “teeth of the lion.” And depending on who you ask, this either refers to the jagged leaves or the flower petals.

The scientific name, Taraxacum officinale, could be translated as “the official cure for every disorder.”

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The yellow blooms are composite flowers. That is, they look like one flower, but are technically a cluster of tiny flowers. The ends of the petals tend to be flat, rather than tapering to a point, and they overlap all the way to the center of the flower. Blooming happens mostly in spring, and again in fall, with sporadic blooming at any time.

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These flowers turn into the puffballs that kids love to blow on to make wishes. A single dandelion plant may produce many stems and flowers, but each stem will have only a single flower. The stems are hollow and can range in length from 2 to 18 inches (5 to 45 centimeters).

All parts of the plant contain a white, milky sap. This would normally be a warning sign, but dandelions are an exception to the rule.

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There are even some rather useful applications for this sap, which we’ll get into below. Be aware that dandelion sap has occasionally been reported to cause contact dermatitis in some individuals.

Dandelions can be found throughout the U.S., Canada, and most of the rest of the world, especially around people. This is another plant that loves us and wants to be near us. You can find them in lawns, fields, pastures, waste spaces, and disturbed ground. They seem to survive everything from drought, to over-picking, to digging, to mowing, to herbicides. But why would you want to get rid of these happy little guys? They’re beautiful, and they’re trying so hard to help us.

Edible Uses and Dandelion Recipes

If you do an Internet search for dandelion recipes, you’ll find page after page of preparations for this versatile vegetation. Recipes abound!

I, myself, have only scratched the surface of dandelion delicacies. There are just so many!

Nutritional Value

And why shouldn’t there be? Every part of the plant is edible, raw or cooked. And not only are dandelions plentiful, they’re very nearly a perfect food. Dandelions are rich in potassium; magnesium; manganese; phosphorus; sodium; copper; choline; calcium; iron; lecithin; biotin; inositol; chlorophyll; fiber; and vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D, and E.3)Foster, Steven, James A. Duke, and Steven Foster. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.,4)Peterson, Lee Allen, and Roger Tory Peterson. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.,5)Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. London: DK/Penguin Random House, 2016.,6)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.,7)Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012.,8)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.

That’s quite a mouthful. Literally.

They have more vitamin A than any other green plant—six times more than carrots—and a single cup of fresh greens will meet your daily requirement of beta-carotene, iron, calcium, and potassium!9)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.

That tap root really reaches down to bring up the good stuff. You can see why I call them the king of weeds.

Furthermore, when eaten as a whole (roots to flowers/seeds), the dandelion forms a complete protein, with all 9 essential amino acids.10)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014. That’s a pretty good trick for a plant.

Dandelion also seems to help with the absorption and balance of minerals.11)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Overcoming the Bitter Taste

But let’s address the elephant in the room. Dandelions are bitter. Very bitter. Involuntarily-spit-them-out-and-go-wash-your-mouth-out-with-ice-cream bitter.

Perhaps I exaggerate. But how is one to get past the bitterness to access those amazing nutrients? I’ve got you covered.

First, you should select the best dandelions. The best-tasting leaves have had the easiest life. Don’t pick any sunbaked, twice-stepped-on leaves. Harvest from a plant in a shady, well-watered location. Harvest younger greens, earlier in the year. Leaves toward the center of the rosette also tend to be less bitter.

Next, choose the right preparation. It’s the rare individual who enjoys eating a handful of dandelion greens raw. It’s a lot easier to moderate their taste by chopping them up and mixing them with other greens. They also pair well with savory dishes.

Of all the cooking methods, boiling does the best job of reducing bitterness. Drop the leaves into boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. If you’ve picked a good plant, it shouldn’t take much more than this. If not, you can always boil them longer. Use plenty of water so the bitterness has someplace to go.

Eating the Roots: Stir-fried, Pickled, and as a Coffee Substitute

The root can be eaten raw, but tastes better when cooked. Try them sliced and stir-fried with other veggies. Cooking breaks down the root’s inulin into fructose, bringing out a much sweeter taste. They’re also a fine addition to soups and stews, and—although I’ve never tried it—they are reportedly quite tasty when pickled.

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Dandelion Coffee Recipe

The root is typically harvested from late fall to early spring. Second-year roots are preferred, but good luck on guessing how old a dandelion is by looking at it. If it’s too old and woody to eat, you can still use it to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Slice up the root and slow-roast it in your oven until it turns dark brown and becomes brittle. This should take about 30 minutes at 350°F (175°C). Let it cool, and then grind it up to use like coffee grounds. I’m usually not a fan of coffee substitutes, but this is one I really enjoy.

Dandelion Mocha Recipe

If you’d like to take your dandelion coffee to the next level (and who wouldn’t?), you can turn it into a dandelion mocha. This recipe comes from Rosemary Gladstar, and it is delightful.

Use 1 tbsp each of dandelion coffee grounds and cacao nibs. Simmer in 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. Then strain and add ½ cup milk (or milk substitute), ½ tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tbsp. honey (or other sweetener), and a dash of ground nutmeg or cloves.

It’s excellent. I highly recommend you try it.

Eating the Flowers: Sautéed, Fried, and Infused

The flowers make a colorful addition to salads, soups, ice creams, or just about anything else. Two of my favorite ways to eat them are sautéed in butter and as an ingredient in dandelion lemonade.

  • Sautéed blooms are easy. Just melt some butter and sauté away. (Alternately, you could make a simple egg-and-flour batter and fry them. Yum!)
  • To make dandelion lemonade, just add about a quart of dandelion flowers to a half gallon of lemonade. Let the mixture infuse in the fridge overnight, then strain out the blossoms and enjoy.

The less green you have from the base of the blossoms, the less bitter they will taste. Here’s a brief clip demonstrating a super easy way to separate the petals from the bitter greens:

https://youtu.be/fWyA35Cs5e0

The last way to get past the bitterness is simply to build up an appreciation for it. Sure, it’s not the most popular option, but you really can develop a taste for a food by consistently consuming small portions of it. Gradually, your aversion turns into tolerance. And then tolerance can even become a craving. It really works. Try it!

Medicinal Uses for Dandelions

Dandelion’s medicinal effects are not limited to its impressive nutritional profile. It sports a bevy of benefits. Let’s dive in!

As a Digestive Aid

Dandelion’s bitter taste is likely also its best-known medicinal property. It’s a bitter. Bitters are plants that encourage optimal digestion by stimulating the secretion of enzymes and digestive juices.12)Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012.,13)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

Dandelion stimulates appetite, aids the liver in its detoxification duties, helps to regulate the release of pancreatic hormone, is stimulating to the spleen, supports correct bile duct function, and even helps to repair the gut wall.14)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,15)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.,16)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It may even help to resist the progression of cirrhosis of the liver.17)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

Dandelion is a remarkable plant!

To Treat Colitis

In one experiment, participants with non-specific colitis were given dandelion along with calendula, lemon balm, and St. John’s wort. Complete relief from spontaneous and palpable pains was reported by 96% of participants, and stools were normalized in those with diarrhea symptoms.18)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

As a Spring Tonic and Diuretic

Dandelion is also well-known as a spring tonic. It helps to flush and tone the body after enduring the rigors of winter.

The entire plant is diuretic, flushing excess water from the body and generally giving us a good cleansing. The leaf is more powerful than the root, and is comparable to the drug furosemide in terms of strength.19)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. Don’t take it right before bed or you’ll be up all night. Trust me. I know.

Dandelion’s diuretic properties help to relieve fluid retention.20)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It is also used to dissolve calcium stones and to prevent new ones from forming, and can be used safely over long periods.21)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,22)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

Dandelion’s diuretic nature may also help to explain its effectiveness in relieving arthritic complaints.23)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

With conventional pharmaceuticals, as the body flushes out water, it’s also flushing out our supply of potassium. This can be rough on your heart and cause problems for anyone with a heart condition.24)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. Dandelion, on the other hand, is so rich in potassium that even while it flushes out the body, it still provides a net gain in potassium.25)Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. London: DK/Penguin Random House, 2016. This makes it an ideal diuretic herb for people with heart issues.26)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.

For Skin Health

The natural latex in its sap is helpful in getting rid of warts.27)Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012. However, this is not a quick process. The sap must be applied several times a day for 2 to 3 weeks. Direct application of the sap can also help with moles, pimples, canker sores, and other skin blemishes.28)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014., 29)Grossberg, George T., and Barry Fox. The Essential Herb-drug-vitamin Interaction Guide: The Safe Way to Use Medications and Supplements Together. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

To Fight Cancer and Harmful Bacteria

Dandelion may have anti-tumor/anti-cancer properties, though it is not clear whether this would be from a direct action or indirectly through its ability to cleanse and support normal body function.30)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.,31)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. Dandelion also appears to have selective antimicrobial properties, supporting healthy gut bacteria while discouraging unhealthy ones.32)Foster, Steven, James A. Duke, and Steven Foster. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.,33)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.,34)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It even helps prevent plaque buildup on teeth.35)Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.

Other Medicinal Uses

Dandelion is also cooling and drying, and can be used as a fever reducer.36)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. It’s a mild laxative and has an alkalizing effect on the body.37)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,38)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.,39)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013. Dandelion may also help some people with allergies and food intolerances.40)Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.

In animal studies, dandelion has been shown to have hypoglycemic activities.41)Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003. This may make it a helpful plant for those with diabetes, but could be a contraindication for those with hypoglycemia.42)Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.,43)Grossberg, George T., and Barry Fox. The Essential Herb-drug-vitamin Interaction Guide: The Safe Way to Use Medications and Supplements Together. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

Medicinal Formats and Dosages

You can use dandelion via any of the normal methods: fresh, dried, tincture, decoction, infusion, etc. The dried leaves make an excellent addition to green powders.

Outside of some very specific circumstances, dandelion is widely considered to be safe. Recommendations vary from herbalist to herbalist as to how much you should take.

I will present some amounts that I think are reasonable, but you should view them as suggestions, rather than rules. Other quantities/frequencies could be equally valid, depending on your situation.

Root Tincture

1:5 ratio in 60% alcohol. Use 2.5–5 ml, 3 times daily.

Root Decoction

Use 2–3 tsp of root material in 1 cup of water. Simmer for 10–15 minutes. Drink this 3 times a day.

Leaf Tincture

1:5 ratio in 40% alcohol. Use 5–10 ml, 3 times daily.

Leaf Infusion

Pour boiling water over ½ tsp of dried leaf and allow to steep for 10–15 minutes. Drink this 3 times a day.

Long Live the King!

Dandelions are so impressively versatile that I could never fit everything into a single article.

For example, did you know that the sap can be used as glue, or that the stem can be fashioned into a working flute?

What else did I leave out? What’s your favorite recipe or medicinal use? Do you have any dandelion stories (or horror stories about the bitter flavor)? Are dandelions really the king of weeds, or should that title belong to a different plant? Let me know in the comments!

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References   [ + ]

1. Perennial: Any plant that lives for more than 2 years.
2. Basal Rosette: A circular arrangement of leaves at ground level.
3, 32. Foster, Steven, James A. Duke, and Steven Foster. A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
4. Peterson, Lee Allen, and Roger Tory Peterson. A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.
5, 25. Chevallier, Andrew. Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. London: DK/Penguin Random House, 2016.
6, 9, 10, 28, 33, 35. Blair, Katrina. The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2014.
7, 12, 27. Gladstar, Rosemary. The Beginners Guide to Medicinal Herbs 35 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use. Storey Books, 2012.
8, 14, 21, 37, 42. Elpel, Thomas J. Botany in a Day: Thomas J. Elpels Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT: HOPS Press, 2004.
11, 13, 15, 19, 23, 24, 26, 30, 38, 41. Hoffmann, David. Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2003.
16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 31, 34, 36, 39, 40. Mills, Simon, and Kerry Bone. Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy: Modern Herbal Medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2013.
29, 43. Grossberg, George T., and Barry Fox. The Essential Herb-drug-vitamin Interaction Guide: The Safe Way to Use Medications and Supplements Together. New York: Broadway Books, 2007.

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5 Old-Fashioned Arthritis Remedies Your Ancestors Used

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5 Old-Fashioned Arthritis Remedies Your Ancestors Used

If you or someone you love suffers from arthritis, you know how debilitating the pain can be. Stiffness, loss of joint function, and swelling are some of the common symptoms.

Although doctors aren’t exactly sure why some people get arthritis and others don’t, it’s believed that both environmental factors, as well as hereditary, play a role. Environmental factors can include injury, obesity and overuse.

Most drugs fall short of our expectations. It makes you wonder about our ancestors and what they used for this common ailment. Believe it or not, besides just “toughing it out,” our ancestors relied on herbs to relieve their symptoms.

Here’s a closer look at the five most common herbs that our ancestors used to deal with the pain and swelling of arthritis:

1. Licorice

Not the candy, although real licorice candy does get its flavor from this herb. Licorice acts similar to cortisone, but with no unwelcome side effects. Studies have shown that this herb has anti-inflammatory compounds in its phytochemical makeup.

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Like most herbal remedies, regular, continued use is needed to see results. Try drinking licorice tea two or more times per day. NOTE: If you have high blood pressure, avoid licorice.

2. Willow bark

Think of willow bark as nature’s aspirin. This extract reduces both pain and inflammation. Willow bark can be taken as a supplement or consumed as a tea. Most people find that 15 days of consumption, followed by seven days of rest, work best. If you have stomach problems, such as ulcers, this might not be the best choice.

3. Dandelion

This common “weed” really gets a bad rap. Dandelion is perhaps the best all-around herb for those suffering from arthritis. It has no known side effects and contains anti-inflammatory compounds that make it very effective when dealing with arthritis and other chronic joint problems. Even better, dandelion has tons of nutrients and vitamins and is high in antioxidants! Drink two to three cups of dandelion tea each day. Feel free to add some leaves to your salad as well!

4. Nettle

Who would go anywhere near stinging nettle?! The truth is that this is one of the most potent herbal remedies for arthritis. But don’t just take it out of the ground and eat it; instead, consume it via tea or supplements. This herb not only treats arthritis pain and swelling but also works for gout, eczema and urinary tract infections!

Scientists have found that the nettles actually reduce the amount of inflammation in the body, which can interrupt the transmission of pain signals.

5. Flaxseeds

Long used as a laxative, modern-day researchers are finding lots of other reasons to consume flaxseeds, including fighting the inflammation responsible for the pain of arthritis. Flaxseeds are loaded with a type of Omega-3 fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), which fights inflammation. In fact, 57 percent of the Omega-3 fatty acid in these small seeds are ALA. Numerous studies and researchers attest to their inflammation-fighting benefits. Flaxseeds need to be ground to release those inflammation fighters, so put your spice or coffee grinder to work and consume two to three tablespoons of ground flaxseed to keep inflammation, and arthritis, at bay.

In this uncertain world, it is always a good idea to empower yourself with knowledge that can help you not just survive, but thrive, if the need should arise.

What are your favorite all-natural remedies for arthritis? For all-around good health? Share your tips in the section below:  

5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions

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5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions

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In today’s world, people want everything to be neat, tidy and uniform – including their yards. The grass, we’re told, should be one smooth, green carpet.

But that’s easier said than done! Everyone knows that if you don’t pull them or spray them, “weeds” such as dandelions will be the first thing to pop up and ruin that lawn.

Perhaps the real problem here isn’t dandelions, but our unnatural expectations of what things “should” look like, as well as what constitutes a “weed.”

My grandmother loved picking dandelions out in the fields behind her home. She would collect them in her apron or a bucket and proceed to make the most amazing things.

Of course, there is no denying that dandelions can have a bitter aftertaste, especially if you aren’t accustomed to them, but given time and a few tweaks, they can be delicious.

When you consider that these “weeds” are chock full of vitamins, such as A, B, C and D, as well as minerals, including potassium, iron and zinc, it’s no wonder that our ancestors didn’t need multivitamins!

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Here’s how our grandmothers used them:

1. Dandelions as food

Think of dandelions as you would other leafy greens, like lettuce or spinach. This means you can use them in:

  • Salads (fresh from the yard, but washed).
  • Soups or casseroles (fresh or dried).
  • Green juices
  • Stir fry (chopped up).

2. Dandelion tea

Yes, you can buy dandelion tea in almost every health food store, but why not learn how to make your own? My grandmother used both the greens and the root. Simply boil a little more than a cup of water, add about a tablespoon of dried leaves and/or root, and cover and allow to simmer for three or so minutes. Strain and add some honey. Speaking of honey……….

3. Dandelion honey

This isn’t actually a honey; this is more of a syrup. On occasion, when honey ran low, my grandmother would make this.

Start off by gathering a bunch (perhaps four cups) of dandelions, roots and all. Wash and place in a pot of boiling water. Allow to boil for about 3 minutes; cover, and turn off the fire. Allow to soak overnight. Strain out the dandelions, and put back on the stove under a very low flame. Add about a cup of sugar and the juice of one lemon. Leave the pot uncovered and simmer slowly for about 30 minutes or until it reaches a syrup-like consistency. Store in a glass jar and use like you would honey. This tastes so good, you won’t believe it! Try it on pancakes for a really different taste!

4. Dandelion wine

5 Forgotten Things Grandma Did With Dandelions

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Everyone’s favorite, right?  If you really want to taste some homemade goodness, you simply must try dandelion wine. For this recipe, you will only need fresh flowers, no roots or leaves. Be sure to pull the green little stem at the bottom of the flower. All you want are the yellow petals (nothing green or the wine is very bitter)! There are dozens of recipes online, including this one.

5. Medicinal uses

These little yellow flowering plants have a wide variety of medicinal uses:

  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Calm an upset stomach.
  • As a mild laxative.
  • Remove warts.

Our ancestors used dandelions for many years before they had access to doctors or pharmaceuticals. If the unthinkable should happen, a little bit of knowledge about this important little plant will go a long way.

Keep in mind that dandelions are a natural diuretic, so if you are already taking diuretics or any other prescription medicines, you should check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Dandelions greens are at their most tender and delicious when you pick them before they start to flower. If they flower before you pull them, don’t worry! They will just need to be boiled or steamed a bit longer to make them softer. Or, you can still dry the leaves, flowers, and roots for later use.

And one last reminder: If you collect dandelions in the wild, or from a neighbor’s yard, be sure you aren’t collecting plants that have been sprayed with pesticides or where systemic pesticides have been applied.

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Scientists Just Discovered A Cancer-Fighting Agent … In A Common Backyard Weed

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Scientists Just Discovered A Cancer-Fighting Agent … In A Common Backyard Weed

A weed that you probably pull out of your garden might contain a potent cancer-fighting agent.

Scientists in Ontario have discovered that tea made from dandelion roots potentially can combat cancer.

“We scientifically validated that dandelion root extract has very potent anti-cancer activity,” Dr. Siryaram Pandey, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Windsor, told the CBC.

University researchers have partnered with AOR Inc. – a natural health company – to develop a dandelion root tea that is being used in a clinical trial approved by Health Canada (the Canadian health ministry), CBC reported. The test will involve 6,000 doses of the tea and 30 patients with blood cancers, like leukemia and lymphoma, that failed to respond to traditional treatments.

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Dr. Caroline Hamm, an oncologist, told the CBC she has seen the condition of some cancer patients improve after they drank dandelion tea from health food stores.

“Most of the responses that I have seen are very short, but there’s a signal there that I think is worthwhile of further investigation,” Hamm said.

The dandelion root powder is six to 10 times more powerful that what can be purchased off the shelf, and is freeze dried, the CBC said. It is then mixed with water and drunk.

“We’ve gone through many trials to find what does work and what doesn’t work,” AOR research associate Rachel Jacyszyn said. “We finally found something that does work.”

Said George Templeton, director of operations at AOR, “Dandelion has been used medicinally for centuries. In the last couple decades it’s been started to be used for cancer treatments, mostly just through patients self-medicating.”

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How To Make Dandelion Wine Dandelion wine is probably the best tasting wine you can make at home! Dandelions will be everywhere pretty soon. See how to make a batch and take advantage of the first batch of dandelions. Dandelions are weeds that grow pretty much anywhere, for years I always thought of them as …

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Natural Solutions for Diabetes Part 4

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Natural Solutions for Diabetes Part #4





Berberine Herbs and Diabetes

There are many natural solutions for diabetes a very powerful herb classification are “BERBERINE Herbs” mainly derived from cir cumin a few main herbs which possess berberine are (to list a few)

  • Turmeric Root
  • Ginger Root
  • Goldenseal 
  • Golden leaf
  • Barberry
  • Oregon Grape
  • Yellowroot

Berberine Herbs assist in both the creation and regulation and maintenance of Healthy Insulin. Also its natural put powerful antiseptic properties aid in the detox process to maintain a health flow of insulin . insulin contaminated with toxins produce more toxins and is marginally inceptive to the current system at hand but may not be considered diabetes but hypoglycemic effects. causing fatigue,neuropathy, joining inflammation and water retention and more so detox is vital for all forms of diabetes. ineffective production of a normal balance of “healthy “ GLUCOSE Levels will effect blood flow control thus not being able to reach to its fullest and deliver blood to nerve endings. Eventually these nerves and nerve endings will too become in a fatigued state thus not receiving proper nutrient and oxogen level . this causes spasmodic activity to occur or a like shooting sensation to occur this is know as neuropathy.

Neuropathy:
A Few Good Herbs and essential oils good for neuropathy are:

White Willow Bark: a powerful herb to help aid in joint inflation and nerve pain specifically.
Burdock root:powerhouse of a blood purifier

Cinnamon: a powerful antiseptic herb for diabetics
Cayenne: maintains a healthy Blood circulation

Hawthorne: maintains cleat arterial and vascular wall to maintain a healthy and consistent blood flow to all the main systems.


Essential Oils: (for neuropathy)
Use topically Pepermint essential oil (diluted to 2 percent) as an antispasmodic.
Use Topically: Clove essential oil as an all natural anesthetic
Use Topically: Cypress oil Helps with muscle cramping and more server neuropathy (shooting pain effect)
USE TOPICALLY: Lavender Essential oil: for its antimicrobial properties
Detox:
Another bunch of herbs that are great for diabetes and particularly used as a “Detox” are (but not limited to):
Dandelion
Burdock
Goldenseal
Milk Thistle
Barberry
Cinomon
raw Cilantro
raw Parslet
raw Chicory
Nutrition:

Another Vital Need for Diabetics is “Nutritional support”
Proper nutritional values delivered to all the main systems particularly the liver and adrenal glan is vital improper nutritional values and maintained nutritional valued will cause Oxidation (particularly in the joints (causing a rumatory arthritic effect.

Secondly, a healthy immune system is vital to all diabetics for this to will also aid in a healthy maintenance of glucose levels. 
A Few Good Nutritional herbs for diabetes are:
BEE POLLEN!!! a superfood containing the purest form of B Complex vitamins. This is due to the fact of the cross pollination process of the bees pollen collection(s).
Slippery elm Bark it is loaded with vitamins, mineral and much more 
Dandelion: Loaded with Vitamin A K Magnesium , manganese, and trace minerals of Calcium.
Nettles: Good for Water retention and will help stimulate the digestive glands of the liver and abdominal organs.

Spirruilina: This superfood pack a powerhouse level of protein and is said could potentially end world hunger. Secondly, it also is a power booster for the immune system thus maintaining a healthy immune system so that the nutrients of this superfood nourishes all the main systems.
Chlorella: One of the best super foods, chlorella is packed with nearly ten times the healthy chlorophyll of similar greens like wheat grass, barley and alfalfa. In fact, chlorella’s name comes from its high amount of chlorophyll, an important nutrient for cleansing your body.

The Power of Vitamin C Herbs

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Herbs,  and  Vitamin C
There are herbs that are naturally loaded with vitamin C which is a powerful benefit in maintaining a healthy immune system all year and or during a seasonal change. Herbal teas,  concoctions, syrups, tinctures, and juices can be made at home easily and inexpensively. 
For proper maintenance of all main systems vitamin C  herbs also can provide antioxidant properties. This means the less resistance a main system will have  and will distribute all necessary nutritional and medical properties as needed to each and every main system in its proper order and delivery method(s). 
Also a powerful note: Teas made for there anesthetic, antiseptic,antiviral,antibacterial properties. can be combined to make a powerful herbal aid. 
Anesthetic teas, Clove
Antiseptic Teas Thyme, Cinnamon,bee pollen, pine needle, cranberry, juniper berry
A few good Herbs loaded with vitamin C are:
Rose Hips: Very High Levels of Vitamin C present and a good formula additive e.g. Syrups, Teas , Concoctions for cold flus bronchitis and more.
Dandelion: High in Vitamins A, K, b6, b12 (achieved through summer pollination’s from bees) as well as manganese, magnesium and trace minerals of valium
Slippery Elm: High nutritional supplementation’s of vitamin c with a superfood classification through its nutritional properties.
Licorice:  A powerhouse of a healing herb that will heal any membrane wall as well as a good amount of vitamin C present to assists this process
Violet: Another primary source of vitamin c also to with high levels of antioxidants present as well as flavanoids and the ability to detox,
Elderberry: To very high in vitamin c and loaded with flavanoids for promoting a healthy respiratory system particularly.
A healthy Vitamin C daily Tonic/ Syrup.
You will need: 

  • 2 tablespoons of dried elderberries
  • 3 tablespoons of dried rose hips
  • 4 tablespoons of dried dandelion( Root  preferred)
  • 3 cups of filtered water or distilled water
  • 1.5 cups of raw wildflower honey or a good food grade vegetable glycerine.
Directions:
Bring water to a hard boil add all herbs bring to a very low simmer and occasionally stir and cover saucepan.  This will retain any essential oils back into concoction let simmer on very low for 20-30 minutes until reduced by half. the more you let a concoction reduce the more of an extraction you will achieve and the more potent it will be but to long with some herbs will damage the enzymes in the herbs.  remove from heat let connection cool Strain and press herbs add honey or food grade vegetable glycerine bottle and use.
Dosing: ADULTS: 1 tablespoon every 6 hrs. When not sick and to take as a daily tonic take 1 tablespoon daily.

Children: Refer to Clarks rule to pediatric dosing. 

Surviving with Herbs series “Diabetic Herbs”

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“Diabetic Herbs”
Target: All Main Systems
Survival: Medicine

There is hope and happiness for those of you who have diabetes and seek alternative solution. The key is to know and understand what diabetes is.


In short: diabetes is the malfunction of normal distribution of insulin into the blood.
So why and what can potentially cause this?
First off a damaged or dysfunctional adrenal gland.
Damaged Alpha nodes in the liver caused by overstressed nodular activity(s) from a poor diet, genetics,an injury, excessive alcohol or from excessive and abusive uses of pharmaceutical drugs. These Alpha nodes in the liver can handle so much stress before they are subjected to failure(s). irregular and unregulated insulin flow to the pancreas for further delivery of insulin throughout the body as needed.
God Bless,

So what can we do to help all this out but naturally?

First, you need to slowly and safely “DETOX” your system from toxins and neurotoxin, this will help elevate the stress’ that cause your pancreas and liver and main systems to wok “HARDER” to deliver a consistent and normal regulated insulin flow as called upon without any resistances from stress’.

Second, to supply Nutritional Supplementation to aid in the prep for healing the damage particularly from applied stress’, abusive alcohol and substances and even physical injury.

Thirdly, Vitamin particularly B complex for Central Nervous System support it is the Central Nervous system through healthy neurotransmissions to the liver that also partake in the call and delivery of a normal insulin flow as well as the recall and to what rate of degree both are applied.

Finally, Healing needs to take place and over time through all of the above this can only happen and may require sacrifice but efforts will pay off.

So Which herbs do what and can play a major roll in all of the above?

Detox: dandelion, burdock root, milk thistle,  Turmeric root, pure lemon juice, pure lime juice, Goldenseal root, Cinnamon, Cayenne

Nutritional supplementation: Slippery Elm Bark, Spiruilla, Chlorela,

Vitamin Supplementation: Bee Pollen, Rose Hips, Elderberry,

Healing: Licorice root, Cayenne, Bee Pollin

Other Herbal Solutions: 


  • Licorice Root:  Another Powerful herb for Diabetes but Raises the Blood Sugar
  • Dandelion Root: A Powerful Blood purifier
  • Cinnamon Bark: a natural antiseptic and reduces the blood sugar levels
  • Onions: lowers blood sugar
  • Garlic: lowers blood sugar
  • Asian Ginseng: lowers blood sugar
  • Blueberry Leaf: tend to be very high in lowering blood sugar
  • Fenugreek:
  • Ginko Biloba:
  • Bilberry:
  • Burdock Root: a natural blood purifier /detox
  • Juniper Berries: these tend to be very high in lowering blood sugar
  • Huckleberry: Tend to be very High in lowering blood sugar
  • Konjac Root (Glucoannan)  help blood sugar stabilization by slowing sugar absorption.

Other herbs that are used to reduce blood sugar levels are called “BITTERS”
A list of these bitter herbs:
  • Bitter Mellon
  • Artichoke
“Note if you have blood pressure issues do not use licorice root” excessively it can raise blood pressure.