Dandelions Herb Lesson #4

Disclaimer

Don’t you love how amazing our God is?! I am always blown way by his creation and how he provides for us. He has given us plants to heal and nourish our bodies. The herb I have been learning about is the dandelion. I’m sure all of you have seen your fair share of these plants that most people consider pests. I remember being that little girl who was go grieved that my daddy was riding our yard of them. Back then I just thought that they were pretty, now I now that the dandelion is an amazing herb with so many uses. Unlike some plants the entire plant can be used! Over the centuries the plant has been used to treat psoriasis, kidney stones, warts, eczema, constipation, dropsy, jaundice, liver stress and aid digestion.

Dandelions can be found everywhere! When wanting to make a salad with the tender leaves, it is best to harvest them in the spring. If you wait until they’ve been on the plant for awhile the leaves become very tough and bitter. If you are wanting to harvest the roots for medicinal purposes it best to harvest them in the mid-summer when their bitter principles highest. If you are wanting to use the flowers, well, simply pick them before they turn into silver dandelions. Be sure to leave some of the flowers so that they can go to seed and repropagate. If you have little kids they love to help with that! Who can resist picking a silver dandelion and blowing the feathery seeds around.

The roots of the dandelion contain therapeutic amounts of insulin. The flowers contain choline, lecithin, Vitamins A and B-2, potassium and helenin. Dandelion can be used as a mild diuretic for high blood pressure and liver disorders. It increases urine production by stimulating the excretion of water and salt from the kidneys. Dandelion is also useful in treating indigestion and constipation. To treat these ailments it is best to make a decoration of the root. A decoration is made by simmering 6oz of the root for 30 minutes. You can drink it 3 to 4 times a day. Dandelion enriches beast milk in nursing mothers. It benefits both the mother and child. If you have a wort try putting some of the milky sap from the stems on it. The roots can be roasted and ground as a coffee substitute. Be warned however that some people have allergic and asthmatic reactions to the flowers. This is heightened for those allergic to ragweed and daisies. Maybe that’s why I have such horrible allergies in the spring, I have a patch of dandelions right outside my front door! If you want a great book for leaning more about dandelions and other great herbs read, Practical Herbalism by Philip Fritchey.

Dandelion also make a great addition to meals. Anyone can benefit form the addition of dandelion to their diet. Here are some yummy recipes that will help you add some dandelion to your diet!

Spring Green Stir Fry
Yucca Flower Stir Fry
Delicious Dandelion Speckled Muffins

This post is part of Teach Me Tuesday, 
Disclaimer
About Katie Mae Stanley

Katie Mae Stanley is the writer at Nourishing Simplicity, where the focus is on nourishing foods, herbal remedies, simple living and faith. Ethnic and Mid-west foods are always a favorite in her kitchen and on her blog. She is also the author of the book Steeped: Simple Nourishing Teas and Treats. Katie Mae spent 10 years as a missionary dorm "mama" for a gaggle (almost 40) of amazing deaf girls at a school for the deaf in Baja California, Mexico. Now she finds herself state side ready to embrace God's next adventure. A cup of tea or coffee and a bit of dark chocolate make an appearance at some point in any given day. You can connect with the Nourishing Simplicity community on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Comments

  1. Wendi, the leaf is amazing for you too. I might have to add to this post sometime. It’s good for jaundice, promotes the flow of bile which aids indigestion and so much more. Here is a link to a great article on dandelion:http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Dandelion.html

    I’ve never bought the leaf dried before, just the root. I love to pcik my leaves and eat them. I even used them to make pesto one time! 🙂

    Thank you for your kind comment!

    Blessings,
    Katie

  2. You talk about the root a lot. I got the leaf at Mountain Rose Herbs.. Can the leaf be as beneficial than the root?? I love your site! Hard to find someone that knows what’s up with good food and knows herbs! I’d love more updates on herbs! I’m still learning 🙂

  3. Giveaway here:

    http://virtuousgirlhood.com/?p=755#comment-10369

    It’s a wonderful set of DVD’s…

  4. love the photos. celeste’s lip gets me every time 🙂

  5. yucca is yummy, I can’t believe that I went so many years at the ranch not knowing that they were edible!

  6. oooooo… I had no idea! I’ll have to try some of this. And I have always loved the taste of yucca blossoms…. great stuff! Thanks

    and thanks for your sweet comment… and I’d be happy to make you a diaper bag when you have a baby.

Speak Your Mind

*