The roots and leaves are more fully researched, but there are many possible dandelion flower health benefits as well.
In the west, we consider dandelions to be weeds, but in many societies, this beautiful plant is considered an important medicinal herb. It also tastes great!
The following is a list of dandelion flower health benefits that are for the petals themselves. The root and the leaves have even stronger properties and are more fully researched.
Possible Health Benefits of Dandelion Flowers
- Dandelion flowers are a source of antioxidants.
- They Relieve pain from headaches, backaches, and menstrual cramps
- They Relieve stomach cramps.
- Relieves depression.
- A chemical compound known as helenin found in dandelion flowers may be the cure for those with a problem of reduced vision in the dark.
- Dandelion petals also contain Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 which are also good the eyes.
- 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.
Dandelion Flower Facts and Trivia:
- Botanical name is taraxacum officinale
- Dandelions were 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 dandelion flower wine can also be made from the petals I hear.
Dandelion Flower Recipes:
When there are dandelions around first thing in the spring it is time for a Spring Cleanse