Dandelion: Super Weed

dandelions at the Be Well SpaDandelion is treated as an unwanted weed. However, it’s tap root is great for breaking up densely packed soil and helps to alkalize the soil allowing for other plants to grow such as your lawn. Dandelion is also one of the most medically useful and nutritionally valuable plants available.

Dandelion greens are an excellent edible, either lightly steamed or raw in a salad. Being a bitter herb, it increases the efficiency of the digestive tract by increasing both stomach acid and appetite. The greens have a higher content of Vitamin A than all of the green leafy vegetables. It’s also high in iron, silicon, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc, copper, phosphorus, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and B Vitamins.

For medicinal purposes, the root and leaves of the plant are readily available dried in pill, tea and liquid extract forms.

This super weeds’ medical applications range from the topical treatment of warts to an extract of dandelion being used in Japan for the treatment of breast cancer. However, dandelion is mainly known for its beneficial tonic effect on the liver, mostly due to the vitamin choline, which increases its efficiency.  It’s also useful to help and treat gall bladder stones, hepatitis, constipation, mononucleosis, cirrhosis of the liver and jaundice.

As well, dandelion can be used in the maintenance of diabetes and hypoglycemia due to the presence of the inulin, which has a balancing effect on blood sugar levels, helping to keep them from undergoing sudden and severe fluctuations.

If you’re pulling the dreaded dandelion from your lawn … showed it some respect and eat it.