What if I told you there was a simple answer to health ailments such as liver disease, kidney stones, high blood pressure, high cholesterol , diabetes, anemia, acne, gout, and arthritis? Would you believe me? What if a doctor was to tell you he had the answer, would you believe her/him over me?What if I told you that this simple remedy is in the U.S. National Formulatory, and in the Pharmacopeias of Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, and the Soviet Union.
What if I told you Pharmacist learn about this remedy in school? Would you pay attention then? What is it you may ask? Are you ready?
It is called Taraxacum officinale, translated it means “altering or stirring up, according the Greeks. You have paid big money at a debt to your pocket and health to get rid of Taraxacum Officinale, without knowing it.
Taraxacum Officinale looks like this
What Nutritional properties are found in a dandelion? Take a look
So what do I do now?
If you are lucky enough to live somewhere that is not heavily polluted with pesticides, pick away. Avoid picking dandelions close to roads, the toxins from the cars exhaust will be mingled in the plant externally and internally. It is better to pick in the morning before the sun is directly on the plant, try to pick young leaves that have not flowered yet. Wash them before use. If you are making tea, pick the flowers and root. No worries about damaging the roots. Dandelions have a tap root, one break and it will send up shoots elsewhere. Some super markets and health food stores will carry dandelion leaves if you are not fortunate enough to pick off of your lawn. Health food stores will sell tinctures and teas as well. But truly, there is nothing more satisfying than picking a plant and reaping its immediate enzyme and nutrient gold. Our body synthesizes all plants nutrients and uses them to for our greatest potential.
Contraindications-Should I worry about eating weeds?
We eat weeds, herbs and plants every day. Some are toxic, and some feel like they are toxic because they are moving stuff out of your fat cells, into your blood stream and into the colon for illumination.
The following is a list of contraindications from All All 4 Natural health
”Some people have reported allergic reactions from merely touching dandelion and hence one needs to be careful about using dandelion. This, though, is rare.
Try not to use dandelion flowers, leaves, stem or dandelion roots if they are sprayed with chemicals and pesticides. In other words, try to get organic dandelion.
Some dandelion side effects may occur from using the juice of the plant. Dandelion juice extracted from the stem or roots can induce nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea and increased urination. This is mainly due its diuretic properties.
People with gallbladder conditions and gallstones must exercise caution before starting on dandelion remedies, as the dandelion herb can contribute to cleansing and detox reactions for these conditions, which would come across as side effects. Ideally, a qualified professional who has expertise in herbal remedies should be consulted.
People who are on pharmaceutical diuretics or drugs that have a diuretic action should not take dandelion root or other dandelion variations. In this case, one of the possible side effects of dandelion root is that it could lower the effect of the synthetic drug. Of course, this is not really a dandelion root side effect, per se, but rather a potential interaction with diuretic drugs. Personally, I use herbal and natural remedies ahead of any chemical drug medications, anytime.
People on diabetes medications should also be aware that dandelion or any dandelion supplement might increase the blood sugar lowering effects of those pharmaceutical drugs. In this scenario, this could be a potentially dangerous dandelion side effect. Ideally, the primary care physician should be consulted. Do note, however, that most medical doctors have zero or close-to-zero knowledge on herbs and herbal remedies.”
Always consult a medical professional before starting any diet or detoxification regime. It is also important to seek a qualified health care practioner versed in natural detoxifications. I am well qualified and verse in this area.
Here are a few recipes for you to incorporate into your healthy diet.
Dandelion Flower Tea Recipe
Unfortunately, you will not find fresh flowers in your grocer or health food store. If they are growing in your back yard, or somewhere that has not been sprayed with chemicals pick away or check with your health food store to see if they have dried flowers:
Chop a handful of flower tops of the dandelion herb; remember not to include the green parts
Add a little honey, molasses or maple syrup (no sugar, or artificial sweeteners) to taste and enjoy!
Dandelion Root Coffee Recipe
With the help of a weed popper, take out dandelion roots. Wash them well and take about 25 tap roots to prepare one cup of dandelion roasted root coffee.
Pat the wet roots dry and spread them on a cookie sheet. Roast them for about 2 hours and 30 minutes at 200 degree F. Once they look dark brown and dry, stop roasting them. Now grind them in a grinder.
Use the ground roasted roots of dandelion to prepare the coffee. For one cup of roasted dandelion root coffee you might need to use two tablespoons of ground dandelion root.
Dandelion root coffee makes for wonderful beverage dandelion recipes. It is caffeine free and is a great herbal remedy for bowel function, detox, and weight reduction! Recipe from All 4 Natural Health
Add Dandelion leaves to your next salad for a spicy, bite. For more recipes http://www.all4naturalhealth.com/dandelion-recipes.html For step-by-step to make tea; http://www.steaptv.com/2008/05/06/how-to-dandelion-tea-sassafras-tea , photos credit is also from this site.
Have a super fabulous green day-Happy Spring!
The information provided in this article has not been approved by the FDA and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician. This article is not recommending changing any treatment or medication you are taking without consulting with your personal physician or qualified health care practitioner. Before implementing any suggestions seen here please consult with your physician or qualified health care practitioner