Dandelions has got some other health advantages too. Dandelion greens consist of essential minerals and vitamins like potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, iron, calcium, vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin B6. They contribute nearly 535% of recommended everyday consumption of the vitamin K, above 110% of the recommended daily consumption of the vitamin A. It contains flavonoids like cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin which have got specific healing properties. Zeaxanthin appears to protect the retina while facing sun’s UV rays and the cryptoxanthin may protect the body from the growth of lung and mouth cancer.
Dandelion is a plant known for the strong diuretic effects it provides. However, this plant brings few other health benefits that have proven to be quite helpful for many men and women. So, dandelion can also support the creation of bile in the body, detoxifies the liver, and lowers cholesterol levels, aids people dealing with allergies and even doctors recommend it as a supplement to the diet of postmenopausal women and pregnant women.
April and May are the perfect period of the year for picking dandelions. Find a place that is far from the urban areas, pick dandelions and relax in the nature.
Make sure that you are picking the entire plant not just the flowers because every part of this plant is helpful.
For example, leaves of dandelion are used to make salads. It turns out that these leaves taste amazing when they are combines with potatoes and/or boiled eggs. This combination has more nutrients that tomatoes and spinach.
It is also good to mention that dandelion is packed with larger amounts of carotene compared to carrots and contains many other minerals and vitamins.
Dandelion stems support the activity of the gall bladder, stabilize metabolism and cleanse the stomach and blood. People in the past used dandelion stems in cases of diabetes and milk found in the stems is used for elimination of warts. Even though many people think that dandelion milk is toxic and harmful, they are wrong – this “milk” is very beneficial.
You can also use the flowers of dandelion to make syrup. This syrup detoxifies the blood and improves digestion. It also eases coughing. So, what are you waiting for? Go outside and pick some dandelions.
Go outside and pick around 400 yellow dandelions. Put them in a large bowl and pour about 3 liters of cold water over them. In addition, put slices of four oranges and four lemons. Wait for 24 hours. After that, use cheesecloth to strain the mixture and pour the liquid in a large pot. Next, pour two pounds of sugar and cook for 90 minutes once you notice that the solution is boiling. Make sure that you are stirring this mixture once in a while. The final result should be thick syrup.
Next, lower the heat and put the warm syrup in heated jars that were previously cleaned and sterilized. Seal them well. Since the syrup comes with a very dense texture and consistency, many people call it dandelion honey. This syrup/honey is great for eliminating the symptoms and signs of coughs, colds, fever and bronchitis. Take it with the help of a teaspoon. It is also good to know that this natural syrup is great for the children too.
Dandelion Flowers Tea
You can also prepare some tea. Pick some dandelions and leave them on the air until they get dry. Prepare tea from the dried dandelion flowers and consume it while it is fresh. Feel free to pour some honey because in this way you will boost the medicinal properties of this natural tea. Pour the honey when the tea is not so hot. In addition, use a wooden spoon instead of a plastic or metal spoon.
Dandelion Root Against Different Types of Cancer
The medicinal properties of dandelion were confirmed by several scientific studies. This study has proven that dandelion root extract successfully kills leukemia cells while boosting the immunity of normal ones. Researchers have also suggested that dandelion root can fight cancers like colon, prostate, liver, lung, and breast cancer. In order to use dandelion root for this purpose, we must be sure that the root is completely dry. Prior to the drying process, the dandelion root must be peeled and cut into small pieces with equal size. Next, the dandelion root should be left on a fresh air.
Simply spread the pieces of this root on a clean surface in a dry, relatively dark place with great air circulation. You should dry the root between 3 and 4 days. If the root feels brittle when you touch it, then it has become completely dry. You can keep the dry dandelion roots in a jar for one year and this natural remedy will still have its unique properties.
Dandelion root detoxifies the gallbladder, liver, lymph and kidneys. In addition, many people rely on this root when they have different health issues like constipation or they want to eliminate edema and acne. There is evidence that shows that dandelion root is helpful in cases of rheumatism, arthritis, gallstones, hepatitis etc.
Dandelion root provides positive effects in diseases experienced exclusively by women. This is especially true when it comes to treatment and prevention of diseases related to breasts like breast cancer, cysts, different tumors and issues with breast milk and breastfeeding.
Take 60 grams of fresh dandelion root and 30 grams of dried dandelion root and mix them well. Sprinkle 2.5 ounces of fresh water over the mixture and add one pinch of salt. Wait until the mixture starts boiling, cover the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. Once you are finished, strain the mixture and consume three cups of this solution per day.