Dandelion is a flowering plant that grow in many parts of the world. It is very resistant and grows easily. I remember from my childhood how persistent this plant can be, it is hard to keep it away from your garden. I never thought, not even in my widest dreams, that I will be buying dandelion at the store!
However, now that I learned how nutritious and valuable this plant is, I do buy it in many forms, from fresh cut leaves, to powder, to extract and tea.
In traditional herbal medicine practises, dandelion are revered for their wide array of medicinal properties. For centuries, they’ve been used to treat a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders.
From root to flower, dandelion is highly nutritious plant, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Great source of vitamins A, C and K, vitamin E, folate and small amounts of B vitamins.It also provides a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract.
Dandelion is full of potent antioxidants, which may explain why this plant has such broad applications for health. Antioxidants are molecules that help neutralize or prevent the negative effects of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are a product of normal metabolism but can be very destructive. The presence of too many free radicals contributes to disease development and accelerated aging. Therefore, antioxidants are essential for keeping your body healthy. Dandelion contains high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress.
Several test-tube studies have found that dandelion is effective in reducing the growth of cancer cells in various organ tissues. More research is needed to draw conclusions about its efficacy for preventing or treating cancer in humans.
Research indicate that dandelion may protect against skin damage from sunlight, aging and acne. In one study, dandelion leaf and flower extracts protected against skin damage when applied just prior to or immediately after exposure to UVB radiation (sunlight).
The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and flowers are used to make wines. Traditionally, dandelion roots and leaves were used to support the liver. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to support healthy excretion from the urinary tract, skin health, and upset stomach. In Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as European herbal Medicine dandelion was used to support the liver and gall bladder, to promote healthy digestion and to support the detoxification process.
Dandelion helps with urinary tract infections
Dandelion leaf is a diuretic, meaning it promotes urination thereby helping weight loss without side effects. It also removes toxic substances from the kidneys and entire urinary system. Plus, its disinfectant properties inhibit bacterial growth, preventing UTIs.
Dandelion helps clear acne
Acne is often caused by hormonal changes. During hormonal fluctuations, the sebaceous glands secrete extra oil. When mixed with dead skin the pores can get blocked, preventing toxic substances from escaping. This blockage causes infection and results in acne. The diuretic and detoxing nature of dandelion helps to regulate hormones facilitating removal of toxins through sweat, bile and urine.
How to incorporate dandelion into your life?
1. For internal use you may add dandelion leaves or/and roots into your juice;
2. You may drink a tea of dandelion leaves or roots;
3. Add dandelion leaves into your salad or sandwich (make sure not no add too much, as this plant is very pungent...);
4. You may also purchase dandelion supplements and extracts;
5. For skin care detox and anti-bacterial benefits, you may apply skin care products containing dandelion powder Volcanic Lava Mask
Dandelion to help heal energy.
In ancient times, every village had a “medicine man” or a "medicine women", who had extensive knowledge of all the healing properties of various plants and herbs.
These herbs, like everything else in the universe, have unique vibrational signatures that can assist in healing your Chakras.
Strengthen your mind-body connection
Reduce anxiety and depression
Unlock hidden thoughts and emotions
Your first energy center is your Root Chakra. It controls your survival needs, your connection to the earth, and your sense of security. Your Root is the governing body for your sense of safety and stability. Dandelion Root is one of the herbs that particularly help with Root Chakra.
Dandelion has a long history of therapeutic uses that come from ancient Native American, Chinese, and Arabic healing practises.
You can consume both the root and the greens to strengthen your connection to your body, helping you be more conscious and aware of the present moment. It also helps you create and manifest your soul’s true purpose.
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Diana Ralys, LE, COE, HC
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