Today I would like to talk about a plant that most people just mow down in their yards without a second thought.
Why do they do this ?
Because this plant is generally considered to be just a nuisance weed.
Little do they know the almost magical healing properties, including allergy healing, contained in this common weed, the Dandelion.
The Dandelion, who would have thought a weed can heal ?
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, * What is a weed ?
It is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. *
Though Dandelions are considered by most people to be a useless * weed *, in truth it is one of the most beneficial and healthful herbs.
As a medicinal plant, the Dandelion ( Taraxacum) is a self contained pharmacy.
It is one of the most widely used herbal medicines in the world.
The body systems primarily helped by dandelion are the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, intestines and blood.
Have you ever had liver problems ?
Or have a spouse, friend or relative who has liver problems?
Here is some great news.
The Dandelion is held in particularly high regard as one of the safest and most important herbs for the liver.
Dandelion is a time tested detoxifier and strengthener of the liver.
In Germany, an over the counter drug called Hepatichol, which is made primarily from Dandelion, is available for liver and gallbladder problems.
What about menstrual problems ?
No Problem !
One of the reasons that dandelion can improve menstrual problems is related to enhanced liver function.
Are you experiencing hot flashes?
Dandelion root is rich in phytosterols so it is also excellent to use during menopause to alleviate hot flashes.
In case you are wondering the best ways to take Dandelion. The leaves and root are both medicinal and may be easily taken as a tea, extract or in capsule form.
Dandelion has been used to cure just about everything at some time and in some place.
How is your eye health ?
In Germany, dandelion juice from the stem and root is used to improve eye health.
The Japanese and Chinese use dandelion leaf internally to treat styes and conjunctivitis.
What about cancer , are you worried about cancer ?
Dandelions have long been used in cancer treatments.
They are rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants like beta carotene and flavonoids. Dandelion is a blood purifier.
This herb also works for prostate problems.
The tonic, astringent and anti- microbial properties of dandelion make it helpful in the treatment of prostate problems.
The leaves help with elimination of uric acid.
The roots are usually used primarily for problems related to liver, spleen, stomach and kidneys and the leaf for liver, kidney, bladder .
This herb also works to fight stress !
Are you stressed from your work, or from your personal relationships ?
Stress is the biggest cause of all illness .
I do believe that the most important key to keep your body healthy is having a stress free life.
Like other herbs that have an effect on the liver, dandelion helps to relieve anger, depression, jealousy ,over sensitivity and resentment.
So think of this plant as both physically and emotionally beneficial : so much healing power with no harmful side effects !!
As always ,
To your Health !