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Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Dandelion, First aid, Herbs, Indigestion, Medicinal Recipe | 10 comments

Medicinal Uses of Dandelion

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Growing up, I remember always being sad when my parents would spray weed killer on dandelions or chop them down with the lawnmower. Imagine my delight when I researched all of the medicinal value in dandelions! They have been, and always will be, a welcome addition to my garden. :)

 

Medicinal Uses of Dandelion:

(1): Digestion problems, sluggish liver and/or gallbladder function:
*As a bitter herb, dandelion root stimulates gastrointestinal functions. An infusion of roasted root is an alternative to coffee and, if taken before or heavy meal, can pleasantly stimulate digestion and handle issues with the liver and/or gallbladder

Instructions:
*Infuse 1/2 tsp- 2tsp. dried or roasted dandelion root in each 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes and strain. Drink 3 cups per day. If using roasted root, add milk to taste but avoid sweeteners because they diminish the herb’s effectiveness.

 

(2): As a Detox and Diuretic:
*Feeling sluggish or run-down? It might be time to detox. Dandelion leaves have powerful diuretic activity. They promote the production and excretion of urine and also stimulate the liver and gallbladder. The leaf is also a wonderful source of potassium, so if you need this nutrient, try this tea:

Instructions:
*Infuse 1-2 tsp. dried dandelion leaves in each 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes and strain. Drink 3 cups per day.

 

 

Dandelions have more medicinal uses as well, but these are two of the most popular medicinal uses of dandelion. 

How do YOU use Dandelions medicinally? 

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For more reading:

**Learn more about Dandelions here.

**Learn about an amazing Superwoman Slim Down Detox Cleanse here.

**Learn a great Liver Detox Smoothie recipe with Dandelion greens here.

**Learn more about Gallbladder problems here.

**Learn how to make a Butterscotch Detox Tea with Dandelions here.
The Medicinal Uses of Dandelion

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10 Comments

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  2. I always picked dandelions as a child, but when I got to sap on my hands, then later “licked” my hands, it has just a terrible taste. I can’t imagine being able to eat the stuff!

    • Haha! The leaves are a nice, bitter salad leaf, like arugula. I wouldn’t put TONS of them in a salad, but some for sure! And the roots can be steeped like tea and they taste so similar to coffee that many people drink Dandelion root tea instead of coffee when trying to cut on the caffeine. :) The flowers make a great dandelion wine, too!

      • I agree, coffe substitute is made with dandelion root as one of the ingredients. My respects to one of the most under estimated weeds. I never spray them with weed killer. I pull them out, wash the and hang them above my kitchen sink window to dry for tea. I would like to taste the wine too.

    • I grew up eating dandelion and we still do. We would sauté garlic and olive oil, next put you cleaned slightly wet dandelions in. Cover and cook until leafs are welted. Before eating squeeze lemon and enjoy with scali bread.
      YUMMY

  3. You can also use the flowers to make a “burger” with, I think they taste great, add some flour, garlic, basil, milk, salt and pepper and fry them up. They really taste great.

    • Wow! Yum! That sounds amazing. Thanks. I will totally try this next spring. :)

  4. The milky white sap from dandelions can be used to get rid of warts. I have used it with my son. It takes multiple applications and the sap turns dark and sticky.

  5. In love with the attention and educational exposure Dandelion’s getting recently. Keep it up fellow followers of herbology

    • I agree. :)

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