Dandelion Root Uses Benefits and Properties Learn What It Can Do

I bring to you a wonderful herb. Where some call this powerful plant a weed, we cherish it. Its bright yellow flower, beautiful green leaves, and deep tan roots, the dandelion. What makes this herb so special is that each part of it has medicinal properties AND you don’t even have to plant it. That is if you live near fields, lawns, forests, or even wasteland….probably shouldn’t use the wasteland ones though…

Dandelion has long been used in herbal medicine to aid in digestion, liver cleansing, help stimulate appetite, blood pressure, skin damage, diabetes, and more. The entire plant is edible with a slightly bitter, chicory-like taste. Kids find them fun to play with. My kids love to eat them right from the yard.

Dried dandelion root is often ground into a paste and mixed with water to create a soothing paste for skin disorders like acne, eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and boils. It is also believed to have anti-diabetic proprieties due to a soluble fiber known as insulin. Insulin contains a complex carbohydrate known as FOS. Which supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and eliminates the unhealthy ones.

Dandelion root can be consumed as a tonic (tea) for a liver cleanse. According to the research, the extract was able to inactivate the pro art cells involved in fibrosis, called hepatic stellate cells. Doing so lifted the oxidative stress on the liver. Allowing the liver to heal and slowly regenerate.

Studies published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology

Research suggests that dandelion root may have an anti-cancer agent. It does so by inducing apoptosis. Which means it’s programmed cell death, in certain cancer cells. Apoptosis affects all of the cells of the body. Allowing old cells to be replaced with new ones, making the tumor cells grow unimpeded.

Study from the University of Windsor in Canada

With this new information it makes you want to stop killing those “pesky weeds”, right?

Dandelions can be saved and used for tonics, tinctures, salads, soaps, and more. Plus you have to advantage of just walking outside and picking them right out of your yard without having to plant anything.

I challenge you to let those weeds grow a little and see just what medicinal herbs you can find this year. Research what is growing in your yard and use them! Dry them out and store them. Tincture them, alcohol tinctures can last up to 10 years on the shelf.

This last year I’ve found over 6 “weeds” that we dug up and put into our herb garden that I found growing around the yard. Use what God has given you!!

Possible side effects: If you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, chamomile, feverfew, yarrow, or plants in the Asteraceae family, you should avoid dandelion root. As it may trigger a rash, watery eyes, and other allergy symptoms. Dandelion also contains iodine and latex, so avoid it if you have allergies to either of these.

Alyssa Esparza

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