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The benefits and uses of Dandelion (Taraxacum)

Updated: Jul 12, 2022

The Dandelion is enjoying a comeback as a cosmopolitan weed used in various herbal remedies and dishes. Dandelion is fresh, moving and stimulating. Both the leaves and flowers are cooling. They are great for sluggishness (winter blues, stagnant fluids like oedema or lymph). Dandelion is one of our most nutrient-dense green. It’s greens are filled with fibre, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, C, E, K,B6, phosphorus, magnesium, beta-carotene, zinc, folate, thiamine, riboflavin and manganese.


Benefits:

-diuretic

-antioxidants

-stomach complaints

-diabetes

-heart problems

-respiratory ailments

-consumption (tuberculosis)

-tooth ache

-broken bones and sprains

-sore eyes

-cuts

-nervousness

-reduces blood sugar

-reduces cholesterol

-reduces inflammation

-lower blood pressure

-weigh loss aid

-reduces cancer risk

-boosts the immune system


Preparations:

-food

-oil (Olive oil)

-tincture (40% alcohol or glyserine)

-vinegar


Dandelion salad

marinade:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons maple syrup

grated ginger to taste

chopped garlic for taste


Salad:

Double fistful of dandelion leaves

dandelion flower petals for garnish (optional)


Whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, grated ginger and chopped garlic. Pull off and discard any stems extending beyond the base of the dandelion leaves, then chop the leaves and place in bowl. pour marinade over the greens and mix thoroughly. refrigerate for 3 hours. garnish and enjoy!






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Just make sure you take all the little critters off the flowers.

Put the picked Dandelions on a sheet of white paper and you will see them all scurrying to safety.

Elderflower season now, Elderflower and later Elderberry is so amazing and beneficial, happy foraging :-)

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