The Dying Truth of the Dandelion


The dandelion may be one of the most common wild plants out there.  And people are constantly trying to eradicate it from their lawns and yards.  But little do they know is that it just may be that hidden liquid gold. 

This happy yellow flowered plant was originally found in Greece, but now grows everywhere, it seems.  We can thank the Dutch and German immigrants for packing their luggage with its roots and seeds when they came to Pennsylvania.   It’s a member of the sunflower family.

This is where it gets interesting.  Its leaves contain about 7 times the amount of Vitamin A found in lettuce and carrots.  My mom always tells me about how good kale is nutritionally.  Well, dandelion even has kale beat!! So throw some of those leaves in your salads.  It is also high in natural salt.  So you probably won’t even need the salt shaker when you serve dandelion!

Now let’s talk about the root.  Dry it and grind it, then drink it like coffee.  Maybe someone needs to tell Starbucks to serve Dandelion coffee for health-lovers.

Dandelion Health Benefits include:

  • fighting cancer
  • battling acne
  • stimulating digestion
  • aiding in weight loss
  • regulating diabetes
  • cleansing urinary system
  • healing skin disorders
  • stabilizing blood pressure

How can you beat all that with something that grows virtually everywhere wild?

Some Cautions

Avoid picking along the sides of the road and other places like a fertilized lawn where there  might have been pollution.

People with health conditions such as diabetes, gallstone or gallbladder conditions should check with their doctor before using.

Milk sap should be kept away from the eyes.

Some Final Thoughts

So don’t discount the cheerful little dandelion the next time you see it.  Remember, if you don’t want it in your yard, eat it or drink it!

Want to grow some dandelions?  Go here.

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  1. Deborah Davis says:

    It’s so great to learn that dandelion leaves contain about 7 times the amount of Vitamin A found in lettuce and carrots. I must make it a habit to add them to my salads and smoothies. Thanks for sharing this valuable, healthy information with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop! I’m pinning and sharing.

  2. lisa Nelson says:

    I ate dandelion throughout my entire pregnancy. I didn’t get preeclampsia, my blood pressure was in control. Personally, I think it helped to clean out my kidneys and liver and kept me healthy.

    I had a home waterbirth.

    I used the dandelion in salads. It was delicious, but had to start slow. It’s some powerful stuff!

    I love this post! Thanks so much for linking up with us at #MMBH!

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