While a gardener might disagree, I believe dandelions are much more than a springtime nuisance. Dandelions are among the most nutrient-dense plants you can find in nature. Dandelion has been used medicinally in many different cultures over the centuries, especially the roots and leaves of the plant.
Dandelion root is a staple in my home, in the form of tea. I drink dandelion tea when I’m trying to detox (which happens after most major holidays. Hey, I’m only human!).
Dandelion root contains the following health benefits:
Liver health. Dandelion root has properties that can protect against alcohol-related liver damage.
Antioxidants. Dandelion root contains antioxidants that help keep your body safe from free radicals.
Digestive aid. Dandelion root is great for anyone suffering from constipation, and it can be used as a tonic for upset stomach, gas, and the treatment of gallstones. I especially like dandelion root for its “bloat-beating” properties!
Cancer protection. One found that dandelion root extract has been effective in the death of melanoma cells.
If you can’t find fresh, organic dandelion root, you should be able to find dandelion root extract, dandelion root tea, and/or dandelion root capsules at your local health food store. They all contain similar benefits.
Speak to your physician before using dandelion root, especially if you are pregnant or nursing. Anyone with an allergy to ragweed or other flowers might be allergic to dandelion as well.
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If I don’t use any weed killer on my lawn, can’t I just harvest it myself in the summer? If so, do I dry it before using it? I remember eating Dandelion greens fresh from the yard as a child.
Sparkygrl —Absolutely. You can. Unless you live in a city/close to a road – where there my be too much pollution. HTH.
Yep, you can use it from your lawn! I like roasted dandelion root tea. So yummy! I buy it and make it. Without roasting it is pretty flavorless. Not sure if any nutrient difference between roasted and un-roasted.