I found my first dandelion flower this weekend along the Snake River. Dandelion, which literally translates into “lion’s tooth” in French, is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and calcium and detoxifiers which explains its common inclusion in medicines. It has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries across many different cultures, as early as 900 AD.
The roots, leaves and flowers have been known to treat bone health, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, cancer, jaundice, constipations and high blood pressure.
Every part of the dandelion can be eaten. From teas to salads, why not harvest the plants, as a method of control rather than a pesky weed.
Dandelion greens should be eaten like any other leafy green, such as spinach. Greens can also be ground and turned into a pesto.
Tea: Forage for dandelions in your own backyard, chop up the roots and steep as a regular tea
A new "superfood" drink that is getting some buzz is dandelion coffee, an herbal drink made from roasted dandelion root, which is said to taste like coffee but have the health benefits of dandelion tea.
Health Notes: A special note to people who are allergic to ragweed and related plants, like chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, feverfew marigold, ragweed, sunflower or yarrow: Dandelions may exacerbate your allergic reaction, so proceed with caution. Anyone allergic to iodine or latex also should also avoid dandelion preparations.
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