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Health and Beauty

The Great Humble Dandelion

Dandelions are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and detoxifiers which explains its common inclusion in medicines. Many may not realise that dandelions can be eaten both raw and cooked, from the roots to the blossoms.

The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion's tooth, referring to the coarsely-toothed leaves. Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.

So how can dandelions be used?

The roots can be dried and made into a tea and the leaves can be eaten fresh in salads. The flowers are sweet and crunchy, and can also be added to salads and eaten raw, or they can be breaded and fried and also used to make dandelion wine.

What are the healing properties?

  • Bitter flavour stimulates healthy digestion
  • Contains minerals and vitamins A, C, and E
  • Supports healthy liver function
  • Supports urinary tract function
  • Helps with skin complaints
  • Useful for detoxification

(Note: Those with gallstones or bile duct problems should avoid dandelion.)

Health Benefits of Dandelions: Bone Health, Liver Disorders, Diabetes, Urinary Disorders, Skin Care, Acne, Cancer, Jaundice, Constipation, Anemia and High Blood Pressure.

Other Benefits: Dandelions can also be used as a vegetable and is a good source of fiber. It promotes digestion, and in the past, it was used to treat scurvy, because of its high levels of vitamin-C. It also has healing effects on dyspepsia, infections in the stomach, intestines and urinary system.

So not only are these bright sunny yellow fowers pleasing to look out but what a wonderful source of goodness they are too!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017    Section: Health and Beauty
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