Many people consider dandelions as weeds that grow in lawns and gardens and rush to exterminate them. But in fact, they are packed with vitamins and minerals and can act as an herbal remedy.
Dandelion plant has many health benefits, such as improving digestive, liver and kidney function. Dandelion, not only enhances the metabolic and detoxifying ability of the liver, but also protects the kidneys and is an outstanding diuretic among herbal medicines.
Some people prefer to consume it in the form of tea, as a way to remove toxins from the body.
AgroWeb.org in this article introduces you to some factors to consider before starting such a detox.
Why have people reverted to using dandelions?
Dandelion extracts have a long history of use, especially in traditional Chinese medicine and American medicine.
Native Americans used dandelion by boiling it, to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn and stomach upset.
In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion is used for stomach problems, appendicitis and breast problems.
Even the early Europeans used it to cure fever, diabetes and diarrhea.
Dandelions are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K.
One cup of dandelion has 112% of the daily value of vitamin A, 32% of vitamin C and 535% of vitamin K.
These vitamins help support the immune system, maintain bone health and regulate blood clotting.
How to dry and store dandelion root?
Dried and properly stored, dandelion roots can be kept for up to a year.
The process is simple: Once you have selected the roots, soak them in water for a few minutes and then rinse until they are completely cleansed.
Cut the roots into small pieces and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for about an hour. This will reduce them and dry them out completely.
Then place in an airtight jar and use for tea.
While the leaves can be used in salads, soups and sandwiches.
Is there any risk?
Dandelion is one of the least problematic medicinal herbs, but it still carries risks for some people.
Not enough is known about the use of dandelion during pregnancy and lactation, so experts advise you not to consume it during this time.
It can also interact with antibiotics, reducing their effectiveness, as well as interacting negatively with drugs that alter liver function and diuretics./AgroWeb.org