Dandelions are weed-like flowers and grow in the wild throughout the world. They are a powerful liver and kidney cleansing food that is often overlooked, but is widely available in various locales. Dandelion greens can be eaten in salads and they have great detoxification power, assistive functions for weight management, and can satiate the appetite. Dandelion greens can also be added to juices to bring a detoxification quality and a flavor of bitterness.
Dandelion greens have a choleric effect which means that they increase bile production in the body. They also stimulate the gallbladder to release bile, having a cholagogue effect on the liver and gallbladder. Dandelion greens can also stimulate the appetite, act mildly laxative, and aid in digestion. Dandelion has a diuretic effect that is very effective in treating water retention and to remove calcium oxalate crystals which may form into kidney stones.
The ability of dandelion to cleanse the liver is beneficial in treating and preventing skin rashes including eczema, boils, and other eruptions. Dandelion is often recommended as a supplement during the change of seasons, and particularly in the spring season. It is a useful supplement for weight management because it has a satiating quality and can assist in reducing overeating. Dandelion can also be applied externally as a poultice to heal bruises, wounds, and stings.
Dandelion can be found in many environments and picked fresh to be used medicinally. Always be sure natural herbs are grown far from roadways and other highly polluted areas if they are to be used as food treatment. Freshly picked leaves can be used to make juice, blended into smoothies, or added to a salad. Dandelion greens can also be found in dried form and are often used as a substitute for coffee. Dandelion tea is a great way to incorporate this herb into the diet when fresh leaves are not available. It is also possible to consume dandelion in extract form or encapsulated.
Dried dandelion herbs of 1 teaspoon can be combined with a cup of boiling water and left to steep for 10 minutes before straining. This recipe can be doubled or tripled to make 2-3 cups of tea that can be consumed throughout the day to aid digestion and to assist in the clearing of waste products from the body.
*Dandelion is considered to be a safe supplement, however it is advised to speak with a doctor before adding supplements or making dietary changes
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