Fine and Dandy, Dandelion Tea! The Surprising Health Benefits of a Common Little Weed.
Dandelion is often discarded as a pest weed that pops up throughout lawns and gardens. However, in fact, dandelions offer plenty of welfares for your health, and these little yellowy-orange flowers are not all that they seem.
For those more in the know, dandelion has covered off many uses for the treatment of muscle aches and joint pain, upset stomachs, a loss of appetite, gallstones, intestinal gas, and as an aid to help with bowel motions. Dandelion use is also apparent in the treatment of viral infections and some cancers.
Dandelion can also be beneficial for the treatment of some skin conditions such as eczema and bruises, has been used as a toner for your skin, and as a blood and digestive tonic.
It does not stop there; it’s a great cooking ingredient too. The green parts from dandelion can be welcomed as a garnish or extra ingredient for sauces. You can enjoy them raw. However, most people like to cook them slightly to reduce the bitter flavour that can be apparent. The roots from dandelion, as well as their stems and flowers, are used to create a healthy mishmash of benefits in tea.
Moreover, you thought they were literally a pest weed, what you did not realise was you probably have one of nature’s rare super foods growing right there in your yard, free of charge!
So, I know what you are thinking. How exactly can you safely consume dandelion?
The stems of the dandelion are full of a white milky liquid, and this is most noticed when the stems are snapped. Once the yellow-coloured flower reaches maturity, it transforms into a ball of fluffy white hairs that are abundant of seeds. It is completely safe, and amazingly advantageous to your health, to eat every part of the dandelion, including its roots. Usually, it is the stem or flower which is eaten raw.
Try brewing your own cup of dandelion tea goodness. Just one cup contains only 25 calories, and;
Ensure your dandelions are free from any pesticides or weed killing sprays. If you want to use the roots, dig them up in one entire heap and rinse well until all the dirt has been removed. You can use the roots raw for your tea. Like any salad mixes, make sure you wash your dandelions thoroughly before you eat them. They are usually good stored in the fridge for up to one week, however the fresher, the better for you.
As with all good herbs, there are some possible side effects from dandelions that you should be aware of:
Dandelions and dandelion tea can offer up many advantages for your health. Protecting your bones, a liver cleanse, helping with the fight against diabetes, beneficial for your skin, packed full of antioxidants and fibre, a good source of vitamins, and dandelion tea works as a diuretic and preventative of urinary tract infections.
Combine your dandelion intake with regular exercise and a healthy eating plan to maximise the clearly beneficial properties.
Now, get out there and get looking for this little beauty in your own backyard. I know I am about to!
* Note, we advise to check with a health care professional should you have any pre-existing medical conditions, are taking regular medication, or have been known to be sensitive to herbs and plants in the past. We are not medically trained, and this information should be taken as general use only.
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