Dandelions are a common weed in all of our backyards. While they are annoying and seem to crop up out of nowhere, there are actually a lot of helpful (and tasty) uses for the dandelion leafs and roots. So rather than getting rid of these so-called “weeds” in your yard and garden, why not bring these healthy plants indoors and incorporate them into your daily diet?
Dandelion leaves have multiple uses. They are excellent in a salad to boost up the greens in your healthy dish. This slightly bitter plant is great in complimenting red onions, green and red lettuces, and arugula and the flavor doesn’t overpower the other greens and veggies in your meal. Dandelions are rich in vitamins A and C and has iron and calcium to help balance out your diet.
Dandelion root tea (not to be mistaken for the leaves or flowers) can aide in replacing coffee consumption for those trying to quit drinking coffee, or can replace the jittery effects of coffee in the diet with high energy. Dandelion root is natural in production of energy for the body, and dandelion roots can even be provided in coffee form by grounding and browning the roots. Dandelion coffee is as tasty as regular coffee in both flavor and energy boosting, without the jittery and stomach-upsetting effects.
Dandelion leaf tea works to ease headaches, migraines, muscle cramps, and menstrual pains. The tea also helps in weight loss, as the vitamins and nutrients work as an appetite suppressant and allows the body to feel full longer.
Dandelion leaf tea also helps the body retain less water, so it’s especially perfect for “that time of the month”. It also aides in keeping indigestion and constipation at bay, making it the perfect beverage for travel, which is when indigestion and constipation issues arise most.
Dandelion root tea is beneficial not only as an energy drink, but is a great aide for stopping heartburn as well.
To cleanse the kidneys and liver, dandelion tea (root, flower, or leaf) is a great detoxifier for the body. It wards off kidney and liver problems like infections and bladder sensitivities and keeps the body in better balance when drunk daily.
Even dandelion milk is beneficial. You can use it to coat a wart before placing a band aid on it to make the wart disappear (often within just a few weeks).
You can buy dandelion products in the store, but you need look no further than your own backyard for dandelions you can use every day to benefit your life.
The next time you see this homely, unwelcome plant, take advantage of its many medicinal properties and appreciate that this little yellow bugger is invading your yard.