Power to the weeds! There is no herb more resilient and beneficial to the human than the dandelion. Its happy sunny flowers grow virtually on every lawn waiting to serve us. The whole dandelion is edible and should be eaten as a tonic food.
Dandelions are a wonderful support for the liver, blood, kidneys, bladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach and intestines. It is recommended for stressed-out, internally sluggish and sedentary people. Anyone who is battling excessive fat, white flour, and concentrated sweeteners could benefit from a daily cup of dandelion tea or fresh dandelion salad.
The leaves are nutrition packed and I used it with great resolve as part of a wholistic regime to support my nutrition in conjunction with its cousin and my great supporter Nettle during a period of health crisis ...and I made it through!
Dandelions are higher in beta-carotene than carrots. The iron and calcium content is phenomenal, greater than spinach. It is high in protein and you also get vitamins B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, B-12, C, E, P, and D, biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper and zinc from this superstar plant.
The dandelion root contains the sugar inulin, which doesn't produce the rapid production of insulin, as refined sugars do. So it comes typically to the aide of those with mature-onset diabetes and supports those with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). It is a great great blood purifier also balancing the water balance in the body to keep it at healthy levels.
Dandelion leaf tea infusion also good at dinner time. Its bitter elements encourage the production of proper levels of hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes. Even after the plant gets bitter after a strong infusion, it never becomes intolerable and is rich in vitamins and minerals that rush to the aid of people who are run-down. After a while the body craves the bitter as it is one of the tastes that the senses need for balance.
So again, say it loud and proud “Power to the Weeds!”