Dandelions are weeds that are often considered to be thorny, pesky plant that grows in the cracks of sidewalks. They are often found close to where grass can grow because they prefer slightly moist soil which makes their roots more prone to fungal infections. The leaves of the dandelion plant are used for many different things including cooking and making dandelion wine.
Dandelions have a long history of serving as a food source for both animals and humans in many different cultures around the world including China, Europe, and Mexico.
Below you will find a list of health benefits attributed to this very useful plant:
The root is used as a diuretic, expectorant, and laxative. Dandelion cleanses the liver by removing toxins from the blood. Tea made from dandelions can relieve upset stomachs, heartburn, and indigestion.
Reduce Respiratory Problems:
The dandelion plant has several health benefits other than just being good for your stomach though. Eating the flower buds on the front of the plant can aid in digestion and help reduce respiratory problems like asthma and whooping cough by drying up mucous. Dandelions also contain many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. These nutrients all help to keep your body healthy by boosting blood cell production and aiding in metabolism.
Help the Digestion:
Dandelions also help the digestive system of children because they are rich in vitamin K which helps with brain function and produces red blood cells. Dandelions can be eaten either raw or cooked depending on what you think tastes better. They can be boiled for about 8 minutes to soften up their leaves then added to salads or used as a substitute for greens that would usually go into things like burgers or sandwiches.
Rich in Iron:
Dandelions are rich in iron especially for women who are menstruating or pregnant. One cup of dandelions contains 352% of the daily recommended intake of Iron. Iron is an important mineral that carries oxygen throughout the body, thus improving your energy levels.
Maintain Bones and Teeth:
Dandelions are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamin A. They help maintain strong teeth and healthy bones while preventing muscle cramps and tooth decay because of their alkalizing effect on the body.
Sources of Vitamins:
The leaves are excellent sources of vitamins A, C, D, E, K & B6 as well as thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and folate (B9). The flowers contain Vitamin C, A, K, and Riboflavin (B2).
Dandelions are rich in antioxidants and help protect the body from free radicals which can cause cancer and other diseases. Dandelion greens have been found to have more antioxidant activity than any other vegetable.
To get rid of dandelions growing in your yard, just pour some boiling water over them to kill off all signs of life while making sure to not use pesticides or any weed killer products. These plant killers can make the soil unusable for other plants for several years which is bad if you want to grow something else in your yard.
Dandelions are a wonderful herb that can be used in many different ways, not just for their health benefits. You can use them to make wine or jelly, dye fabric, and paper green, add beauty to your garden by planting the flowers around other plants.