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Herbs (I) - Dandelion Greens
Dandelions come up in the early spring, just when our bodies are due for a spring cleaning. When consumed, the dandelion’s defining characteristic is bitterness, and this is the very feature that lends it restorative properties. That bitterness is medicine derived from plant acids and healing alkaloids. Dandelions shake you out of hibernation, getting your blood pumping and your organs cleaning house from radiation, toxic heavy metals, DDT, and other poisons.
Dandelion greens are especially beneficial for the liver and aid in flushing out toxins and remineralizing the body. Phytochemicals in dandelion leaves purify blood and also help bring it to hard to reach places, so the leaves are a must for circulatory issues such as poor circulation. The leaves’ bitterness is also geared to squeeze toxins out of the lymphatic system, making them ideal for addressing non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, swollen lymph nodes and edema.
Dandelion is not just a cleansing herb. It’s like a housekeeping service at a fancy hotel that after tidying up and gathering the trash, leaves a mint behind on your pillow. Dandelion’s parting gift is vital nutrients such as vitamin A, B, manganese, iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, silica and chlorophyll that give you energy and help your body stave off disease.
Dandelion greens are packed with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, & K, and calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium & copper. Dandelion greens are also about 14% protein, which is MORE protein per serving than spinach, popeye’s favorite muscle building food.
It’s high beta carotene and flavonoid content also benefits the immune system and cardiovascular system. Dandelion greens are also one of the richest sources of plant based Vitamin K which is essential for bone and neurological health and Vitamin A which is vital for eye and skin health.
Dandelion is a preventative for virtually any illness, and is especially great for the prostate.
Dandelion greens can be found at most health food stores and farmer’s markets, but they also can be found in the spring and early summer months in your own backyard.
Just make sure they have not been sprayed with any pesticides and wash in cold water before using. The leaves can also be dried and later used as a medicinal tea. The yellow flower tops and taproot are also edible and nutrient packed and will be discussed further in a separate post. Try adding a few dandelion leaves to your soup, salad, green juice, or smoothie. They can also be steamed with garlic and ginger and drizzled with a little extra virgin olive oil.愿天下人健康、平安、健康。