Dandelion Leaf Can Purify Your Blood and Body Organs
by Joy Mary
The fancier scientific name is Taraxacum officinale. Unlike calendula (marigold) which
is not the same annual flower found in American gardens, dandelion the herb is
exactly what you think of growing in your yard or on a hillside. What makes this
common weed so great?

All the dandelion plant is useful. The roots can be eaten as vegetables or roasted and
ground to make a type of root "coffee." A quick look through the internet reveals the
flowers are used to make wine, in cooking (dandelion flower cookies?), a syrup, jam,
and an oil to rub on sore joints. But the leaves have the most diverse list of uses.

First, dandelion leaf is an excellent source of sodium, iron, vitamins A and C,
beta-carotene, and especially calcium. Dandelion might have been one of the "bitter
herbs" mentioned in the Bible. The leaves add bitter flavoring to salads or can be
cooked like spinach. The best leaves are those bright green ones that appear before
the dandelion flowers in the spring.

One of dandelion leaf's greatest claims to fame is its ability to purify the blood and
body organs. It is a wonderful liver cleaner and increases the output of the liver, the
flow of bile into the intestines and the activity of the pancreas and spleen. This makes
it a great treatment for hepatitis, yellow jaundice, and other liver related problems.
By purifying the blood, it helps with some types of anemia. The acids in the blood
that build up with weight loss are destroyed by dandelion. It also helps with low blood
pressure, and builds energy and endurance.

Dandelion is good for female organs. It enriches breast milk in nursing mothers and
this, in turn, benefits both mother and child. It is good for women both before,
during, and after pregnancy. Women suffering from premenstrual syndrome may find
that the diuretic action of dandelion helps relieve some of the symptoms. In short,
dandelion is safe and healthy for men, woman, children, and even animals.

Dandelion flowers are an excellent source of lecithin, a nutrient that elevates the
brain's acetylcholine. As a result, it may help retard or stop regression of mental
ability caused by Alzheimer's disease. Lecithin also helps the body maintain good liver
function as mentioned before. Dandelion also opens the urinary passages as part of
its cleansing work.

Native Americans used it to treat kidney disease, indigestion, and heartburn.
Traditional Chinese Medicine uses dandelion to treat upper respiratory tract infections,
including bronchitis and pneumonia.

Dandelion leaves and flowers are best when freshly picked. If this is not possible, the
leaves can be refrigerated up to five days when wrapped in a plastic bag. Be sure to
wash the leaves thoroughly before using. Leaves may also be frozen for longer
periods of time. You can also dry the flowers and leaves yourself and store them in a
dark, dry, and cool place. Use them in the bath to treat yeast infections, or to make
your own dandelion tea (steep about 1 tablespoon of dried leaves in 1 cup hot
water). Dandelion may also be purchased in capsules, tinctures, and powdered form.

Dandelion is generally regarded as safe, but some people report allergic or asthmatic
reaction to this herb, especially those with allergies to ragweed or daisies.
Traditionally dandelion is not recommended for patients with liver or gallbladder
disease but some feel this advice is erroneous.

About The Author

Joy Mary

There are more benefits of
to be discovered. Visit More Than Alive,
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and learn about the great advantages your
body will receive from this and many other herbs.
The first line of a little known song
asks the question, "How many
dandelions this year will grow?"
Indeed, in some parts of the North
America hills are yellow with
dandelion flowers in the spring. Most
are either ignored or poisoned as a
nuisance. If we had known what this
article will reveal, we might have
gathered them instead of treating
them as a curse.

The name dandelion comes from the
French phrase 'dent de lion,' meaning
'lion's tooth.' This refers to the
jagged-edged leaves of this weed.
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