The Dandelion... Why Is This Great Herb From Mother Earth So Misunderstood? Because many people just can not stand this Herbaceous Plant, because it grows so wild in their backyard, and it seems that no matter what they do to take it out of the ground, The Dandelion just keeps coming back stronger than ever. And the sad thing about that is when the dandelion takes over in your yard, it spreads so wide and the roots are so deep, that it kills all your green grass just to make space for itself, and then continue to spread. And after it dies, all you have on your hands is just sand or non-fertile dirt where grass will not grow again naturally. Now with all that said, you would think that The Dandelion is just a pesky weed that has no value at all, but I am sorry to tell you that the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.
So, The Dandelion... Why Is This Great Herb From Mother Earth So Misunderstood?Well The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. They're so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion means lion's tooth in Old French. Dandelion is an herb. People use the above ground parts and root to make medicine. The flower head can change into the familiar, white, globular seed head overnight. Each seed has a tiny parachute, to spread far and wide in the wind. The thick, brittle, beige, branching taproot grows up to 10" long. All parts of this plant exude a white milky sap when broken.
Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of excess fluid. Dandelion flowers open with the sun in the morning and close in the evening or during gloomy weather. The dark brown roots are fleshy and brittle and are filled with a white milky substance that is bitter and slightly smelly
dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, it was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.
Dandelion leaf may act as a diuretic, which can speed up how fast drugs leave your system. If you are taking prescription medications, ask your health care provider before taking dandelion leaf. If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use dandelion without first talking to your health care provider:
Antacids -- Dandelion may increase the amount of stomach acid, so antacids may not work as well.
Blood-thinning medications -- Theoretically, dandelion may increase the risk of bleeding, especially if you already take blood-thinners such as aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin), or clopidogrel (Plavix).
Diuretics (water pills) -- Dandelion may act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine to help your body get rid of excess fluid. If you also take prescription diuretics or other herbs that act as diuretic, you could be at risk for an electrolyte imbalance.
Lithium -- Animal studies suggest that dandelion may make the side effects of lithium worse. Lithium is used to treat bipolar disorder.
Ciproflaxin (Cipro) -- One species of dandelion, Taraxacum mongolicum, also called Chinese dandelion, may lower the absorption of the antibiotic ciproflaxin from the digestive tract. Researchers don' t know whether the common dandelion would do the same thing.
Medications for diabetes -- Theoretically, dandelion may lower blood sugar levels. If you take medications for diabetes, taking dandelion may increase the risk of low blood sugar
They now grow virtually worldwide. Dandelions spread further, are more difficult to exterminate, and grow under more under adverse circumstances than most competitors.
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The Dandelion... Why Is This Great Herb From Mother Earth So Misunderstood? Well now you know Beloved, and now you understand that The Dandelion can save your life, can heal many of your ailments, and can restore balance to your life. And to this day, Scientists are still trying to fully understand all the many health benefits that The Dandelion offers... So next time you see this plant or flower or weed, depending on how you look at it, then you must show respect to this great creation of Mother Earth... Your Earth Advocate, Dr. James Dazouloute