Dandelion, the humble yellow flowering plant found everywhere around the world may be small and common, but comes with a host of health benefits. From healing liver disorders and kidney problems, to lowering cholesterol and improving digestive health and even aiding in the prevention of cancer, dandelion is incredibly healthy and nutritious.
Dandelion has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. Today, it’s mostly forgotten and ignored – which is a pity, because all parts of the dandelion are not only edible, but incredibly nutritious and health-boosting.
For instance, an entire dandelion plant is highly rich in vitamin A, K and vitamin C. It also contains decent amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin B6. Furthermore, it’s rich in plant antioxidants which have great anti-inflammatory properties. This makes dandelions perfect for:
- Liver health
- Bone health
- Digestive health
- Blood sugar regulation
- Cholesterol regulation
- Cancer prevention.
All in all, it’s safe to say that dandelion is one of the healthiest super-foods on the planet. And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to find and prepare it for consumption.
Finding edible dandelions is easy – your own backyard is probably full of them. Just make sure you pick them from an area that hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals and that is as clean as possible. When picking them, make sure you dig deep and pull the entire plant, roots and all. Alternatively, you can buy dandelions online or in health stores.
In any case, make sure your dandelions are thoroughly washed before you consume or dry them.
You can use dandelions in various ways:
- Add fresh dandelion pieces to salads
- Saute fresh dandelion and add to dishes
- Use them fresh to make tea
- Use them dry to make tea.
Dandelion Tea Recipe
One of the easiest and healthiest ways to consume dandelion is to make tea from the entire plant.
Firstly, pick a bunch of dandelions, wash and chop them and leave them out in the sun to dry. A week is usually enough – they should be completely dry before you proceed. Store the dry dandelions in a jar, so you can use them whenever you want.
When you want a cup of dandelion tea, just put a tablespoon of dandelions into cold water and then bring it to boil. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes. Then strain, add a bit of freshly squeezed lemon and honey to taste, and drink up!