As a child, my sister and I would rub dandelions on our noses and chins. We’d dance around in our garden, pretending that we were flower fairies. We didn’t know that dandelions were considered pesky weeds. We also had no clue that we were sitting on a gold mine.
Dandelion greens are used in so many health applications today. Whether steamed, sautéed, used in soup, or boiled with water and brown sugar for tea, the greens of these weeds are considered an herbal medicine.
Lucky for me, I discovered dandelion just in the nick of time. I had been traveling for a number of weeks. Whether for work or pleasure, the travel still took a toll on my body. I was on airplanes, the stagnant air making the coughs and sneezes echoing through the cabin an unfortunate indication of what was to come. After that first trip, and an uncomfortable night’s sleep in a hotel room, I, of course, woke up with the same cold as the passenger next to me on the plane. It was one of those can’t-focus-because-my-head-feels-huge type of colds. Yuck.
I’m not the type to take medications or decongestants. Instead, I tried a holistic approach from an article I had read a few months earlier—dandelion. I bought two bunches of organic dandelion greens, rinsed them, boiled them together in one gallon of water, and added some brown sugar to sweeten the bitter green taste. After one day of drinking this tea, my congestion and headache started to clear. By day two, I was back to my old self. I am someone who likes to see proof. If I read something, I want to know firsthand that it’ll work before sharing it with others.
Well, two days of dandelion tea was enough to convince me. I did some further research on dandelion’s health benefits, and discovered that this remedy for boosting the immune system is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some other ways you can use all parts of this mighty plant:
- Build those bones: Dandelion is rich in calcium, so it’s great for promoting bone health.
- Itch, itch, itch: Dandelion sap is highly alkaline. Its germicidal properties make it a great treatment for itchy skin—perfect timing for winter! The sap is also a great treatment for acne. Just don’t get the sap in your eyes.
- Time to go!: Dandelion is a diuretic so it’ll help you urinate, effectively helping to lower blood sugar. It also helps with constipation and digestion, removes excess sugars from your body, and detoxifies your blood.
- A future cancer treatment?: Dandelion helps remove free radicals in your body, so it can reduce your risk of developing cancer. A compound in dandelion, luteolin, actually poisons cancer cells, making them unable to spread.
What more proof do you need? Prepare some dandelion greens for dinner or turn them into a powerful tea today. This is a great step in your path toward self-healing.