Nutrients that can protect our immune systems grow wild in our gardens.
Dandelion is a wonderful food as well as a beneficial medicine. It supports overall health by gently working to improve the functioning of the liver, gallbladder, and urinary and digestive systems. It is excellent for cleansing the skin.
Next time you remove a dandelion from your lawn turn it into medicine instead of throwing it out and rejoice in the fact that it will always grow back!
Dandelions thrive even in the harshest of conditions that humans inflict on the earth’s sensitive topsoil. They are impossible to eradicate even with chemicals, chemicals which end up in ground water and in our bodies. What goes around, comes around.
These invasive 'weeds' continue to thrive whatever happens, but this fact can be turned to a positive. Like the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote all those years ago, “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Dandelions grow roots so strong, and so deep, that they can break through concrete, their deep roots accessing nutrients, minerals, and vitamins from below the disturbed topsoil.
They bring the nutrients up through their shoots, into their leaves and flowers, and they become both our garden and our medicine cabinet. They offer their immune resilience to your immune resilience. They were once much used in Britain as a spring tonic and still are in Europe.
Dandelion is high in minerals, especially potassium, and vitamins A,B,C and D. The young leaves boiled up in a tea or eaten fresh in salads are detoxifiers, clearing blood and lymph by increasing elimination through the kidneys and bowels. This, in turn, benefits overall health.
It is the bitterness in dandelion leaves that makes them so good for your digestion. The bitter taste stimulates secretion of the digestive fluids, including stomach acid, bile, and pancreatic juices.
The flowers don’t look very edible but they are surprisingly good eaten straight of the plant, mild and slightly sweet. I’m told that eating a few dandelion flowers often relieves a headache too. They are delicious washed, dipped into flour and fried in butter until golden brown. This needs to be a lunch dish, as the flowers only open when the sun is shining, and they are too bitter when picked in the evening.