WHY I LOVE THE DANDELION
One of the biggest marital arguments I have ever had has been over dandelions! I want to protect them and my husband wants to destroy them. It took many years of persuasion, but he has come to understand how much I love the dandelion. Either that or has decided it is not worth the argument, hehe.
I do not just protect dandelions because they are a flower, but because they have so many health benefits. My favorite benefit, of course, is that they help the skin. Additionally, they are great for cleansing the body. I try to enjoy a cup of dandelion root tea almost every day. It is a comfort to know all the benefits from just enjoying a cup of hot tea.
1. The Skin – Dandelion can be great at fighting skin infections. According to an article by Dr. Axe, the milky white substance that you get on your fingers when you break a dandelion stem is highly alkaline. Surprisingly, it also has germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties.
You can actually also use the white sap of the stem and apply it directly to itchy or irritated skin caused by eczema, ringworm, psoriasis and other skin infections. The raw plant can help ease the itch and repair the skin.
2. Detox the Body – Dandelion tea can helps with digestion (specifically dandelion ROOT tea). It has historically been used to improve appetite and ease minor digestive ailments. Dandelion tea balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It clears out waste in the kidneys and has been shown to assist in removing toxins from the liver.
3. Reduces Inflammation – Dandelion contains antioxidants and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation throughout the body. Reducing inflammation in the body will help relieve pain and reduce swelling.
4. Boosts the Immune System – Dandelion boosts the immune system and fights off unwanted microbes and fungi. Dandelion is also high in antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin A, which are all wonderful nutrients for the body.
5. It Is Edible – The leaves, flowers, and roots are all edible. My favorite way to include dandelion into my family’s diet is dandelion root tea or tossing a few dandelion leaves into our salads.
KNOW YOUR SOURCE
If you want to try out dandelion, make sure you are gathering them from a healthy source. Dandelion is best when completely free of pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals. Many times it is best to get them from your local natural grocer or buying it in tea or capsule form. Currently, my favorite dandelion tea is Traditional Medicinals’ Organic Roasted Dandelion Root Tea. It is a mild tasking tea and full of great ingredients.
Give dandelion a try. You may find you love the benefits. Healthy habits move you closer to a healthier lifestyle. Just know that you may need to put your foot down to protect a dandelion in your yard!