Dandelion part 2
BLOG 15 2019 JAN.
Seems like thinking of Dandelion all day yesterday inspired me to write a bit more on the plant that is so hated by lawn grower enthusiast. Funny how us humans love to destroy or put things into extinction because it does not fit our plan or the perfect picture.
When I woke up this morning I received a newsletter from one of my mentors in the animal aromatic science world about Dandelion leaf. So I took that as a sign and thought I would write more on this wondrous weed. Here is some information below to start with.
Dandelion- Botanical name: Taraxacum officinale
All parts of the plant can be used.
Energetics are cooling and drying.
Bitter taste with the leaf and bitter sweet taste with the root.
Each part of the plant has different healing properties so let’s take the leaf and look at its actions. The leaf is mainly used for its diuretic and digestive stimulant. Horses will select to eat this plant if they are having urinary issues. It will also promote drinking more water and urinating more to obtain a balance in the urinary system.
The root and leaf have alternative actions, which means they help eliminate toxins out of pathways in the body. Such as through the bladder, stool, lungs and skin.
Plant uses: healthy liver function, urinary function, decrease water retention, nurishment.
I would like to mention that dandelion root has been used to relieve painful arthritis. When joints get inflamed there can be a fluid buildup. Dandelion helps decrease the fluid buildup. There is a constituent called taraxasterol that scientist have isolated and this could be the supportive compound that relieves the pain.
I wanted to share a recipe with you. I would love to hear your feedback if you dare to try the tea. This tea is to help support your liver. Drink during the day.
Roasted Dandelion Root- simmer 10 grams of roasted dandelion for 30 minutes in 2 cups of water.
Strain your herb into a cup and drink within one day.
Fill free to add Reishi or another type of herb if you want to make the taste more appealable to your liking. Nothing wrong with adding local honey.
I wanted to sum this blog up by reminding you that my animals on our farm can not seem to get enough of this plant in spring, so this tells me that they are self medicating themselves through self selection. Also it is important for safety measures that if you choose to pick your own dandelions this spring, please make sure they are not on or near lawns that have been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides to kill this weed.
Did you know that 80 million pounds of herbicides are used on lawns to kill the dandelion plant. These herbicides are linked to cancer and children are more subsitable.
If you choose to have a natural lawn you are also helping the bee’s with pollination.