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Dandelion Tea

By |June 11th, 2012|

You can easily make a dandelion with dried leaves from the plants which are full of nutrition.

Ingredients:

Dried dandelion greens
Water
Lemon
Honey

Directions:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp dried dandelion leaves per cup of boiled water.
  3. Cover and it steep for 10 minutes.
  4. Add 1 Tbsp. of lemon water and honey to taste.
  5. Enjoy your cup of tea.

Tea Recipes:

Peppermint

Fresh Mint Tea

Basil Tea

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Dandelion Flower Health Benefits

By |June 4th, 2012|

In the west, we consider dandelions to be weeds, but in many societies, this beautiful flower is considered an important medicinal herb. It also tastes great!

The following list of benefits is only for the yellow flowers.  The root and the leaves have even stronger properties and are more fully researched.

Possible Health Benefits:

1.  Source of antioxidants.

2. Relieve pain from headaches,  backaches,  and menstrual cramps

3. Relieve stomach  cramps.

4.  Relieves depression.

5. A chemical compound known as helenin  may be the cure for those with a problem of reduced vision in the dark.

6.  Flowers also contain Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 which are also good the eyes.

7.  In 1956, Chauvin demonstrated the antibacterial effects of dandelion pollen, which may validate the centuries old use of dandelion flowers in Korean folk medicine to prevent boils, skin infections, tuberculosis, and edema and promote blood circulation.

Interesting Facts and Trivia:

  • Botanical name is taraxacum officinale
  • Was brought to the United States originally from Europe and Asia, and was transported for its health benefits.
  • In French they are called pissenlit – literally ‘bedpissers’, an homage to the plant’s diuretic properties.
  • Other names of this plant are:  Blow Ball Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Pissabed Priest’s-crown, Puff Ball,  Pu Gong Ying,  Pu-kung-ying,  Swine Snout, Telltime, White Endive, Wild Endive
  • The syrup is sweet, yet tangy, with strong herbal, honey-pollen, and citrus notes.

Make into an herbal tea by steeping several in hot water.
Homemade wine can also be made from the flowers I hear.

What Diana does with the flowers:

Recipes:
Dandelion Flower Pancakes
Dandelion Flower Syrup
Dandelion Flower Cordial

When there are dandelions around first thing in the spring it is time for a Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse

10 Dandelion Root Health Benefits

By |June 4th, 2012|

The dandelion Root is a very economical herb considering that it is a weed that most of us dig and get rid of! I have been eating dandelions for years.

Dandelion is a great spring tonic for our bodies; it helps the transition from winter to the warmer season, by nourishing and balancing the blood so it will flow better and keep us cooler in the summer season.

10 Health Benefits of Dandelion Root

  1. Widely recognized as a liver tonic as it nourishes the liver.
  2. Because of its high iron and zinc content, dandelion root is often used as a treatment for anemia.
  3. Has mild laxative properties and is often used to help maintain regularity.
  4. Recognized as a great blood builder and for the liver.
  5. Aids skin problems as well as detoxify poisons and toxic waste in the body.
  6. It is also a mild appetite stimulant; tea made from root and leaves can help relieve digestive problems.
  7. Dandelion root functions as a mild diuretic. Because potassium is often lost when using a diuretic, dandelion root is often a better choice for a diuretic than synthetic formulas.
  8. Lowers cholesterol according to some studies. Early results of at least one study show that dandelion root supplements may affect the cholesterol profile in diabetic mice positively by lowering LDL and triglycerides while increasing HDL.
  9. Its positive effects on the liver and digestion, may help the effectiveness of other vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  10. “Dandelion acts as a tonic to the system. It destroys acid in the blood. As it contains organic sodium, it is very good for the deficiency of nutritive salts, and is recognized as a great blood builder and purifier.“ from the book Herbally Yours

Dandelion root Nutrition

  • Filled with vitamins A, C, D and B complex.
  • Minerals are abundant too such as zinc, iron and potassium.
  • It is very high in calcium and other nutrients.

 

How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee   click here  Dandelion Coffee

Also, the dandelion leaves and flowers are so good for us. Celebrate your Dandelions this year! Eat them.

Other Recipes with Dandelion

Dandelion Flower Pancakes: No milk or eggs, but lots of health and good taste.

Dandelion Flower Syrup: You can taste the unique sweetness from the yellow petals. (Read more about the health benefits of the flowers here.)

Dandelion Flower Cordial: The word cordial sounds tasty, and it’s very appropriate in this case!

Dandelion Tea: Made with the leaves — this is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to use a dandelion.

Dandelion Smoothie: After almost passing out from a dandelion smoothie, Randy gives some practical tips to keep your dandelion smoothie palatable.

Dandelion Flower Cordial

By |June 3rd, 2012|

Ingredients:

1 cup of water
1 Tbsp dandelion syrup
1 slice of lemon

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Drink.
Learn about all the benefits of Dandelion Flowers
Here is another great recipe for dandelion flowers:  Dandelion Flower Cornmeal Pancakes

Dandelion Moderation & More Smoothie Tips

By |June 18th, 2009|

OK, so maybe I went a little overboard with my ‘Dandelion Madness‘, ….not with last week’s article – but with eating dandelions themselves!

It happened because I was out at the farm where the plants are so much bigger and there are SO many of them.  Instead of spending 5 minutes digging up a few young plants– I can go out with a knife and in 10 seconds gather a shopping cart of mature leaves.  After throwing a large bunch into the blender, and forgetting my article advise to just make the dandelions a small addition, I drank my supercharged mixture.

No I didn’t collapse, or even throw up. In fact, I finished the whole thing.  Those last few mouthfuls were getting very very strong though. I normally clean out the last few drops from the blender (Did I mention I was thrifty?) but this time I was glad to wash it down the sink.

I wanted therefore, to EMPHASIZE the part about moderation and add a few other smoothie hints and facts.  They are as follows: […]