You see them growing in your backyard, the yellow flowers that transform into magical puff of white - the Dandelion flower. Did you know that besides being a vehicle for childhood wishes, this weed has been used since ancient times for its healthful properties and is actually a medicinal wonder?
This weed-like superfood is used to cleanse the liver; treat problems such as diabetes, acne, cancer, anemia, scurvy, high blood pressure, and gall bladder issues; premenstrual symptoms such as bloating, gas and water weight gain; urinary disorders and depression. For skin problems like warts, the root exudes a white sticky resin which when applied directly can dissolve warts.
Dandelion is a natural diuretic that removes excess toxins and water from your body which purifies the blood. As a diuretic, Dandelion stimulates you to urinate more thereby inhibiting microbial growth in the urinary system. This helps cleanse the entire urinary tract and naturally lowers blood pressure. By purifying the blood, your liver does less work as for some, the liver is overburdened with the amount of work it has to do on a daily basis. Dandelion not only benefits the liver, but also its digestive partner, the gallbladder. The gallbladder is responsible for bile production, which allows the body to break down fats.
This flowering plant is packed with essential minerals for the entire body. It is rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. Dandelion is a very good source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. It has B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even vitamin D. Dandelion contains more protein than spinach.
Dandelion is also great for diabetics because it helps the body produce insulin and control blood sugar. It also plays a vital role in bone health as a great source of calcium. Dandelion is considered safe in food and medicinal levels. Even medical experts regard dandelion use as generally safe—rare side effects include upset stomach and diarrhea—making dandelion root tea a good option if you're looking for ways to detox.
There you have it, this little yellow flower that many consider an unwanted weed is actually a superfood and an extremely useful medicine found in your very own backyard. So, if you're feeling bloated, you simply take a Dandelion root tea to cure that puffy, overly full feeling or you can roast the root and drink it as a coffee with Almond Milk & Stevia.