Why Do We Like Some Flowers More Than Others?

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“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The lowly dandelion has long been reviled in the west.

We mow it, dig it up, and use herbicides to try and get it out of our lawns. It turns out we’ve been misled.

This ‘annoying weed’ helps with digestion and will stimulate your appetite. The whole plant is safe to eat, including the roots.

It’s commonly used in traditional Chinese and Native American cultures for its healing properties.

This herb is an essential part of the traditional herbal medicine of Chinese medicine. Dandelion is used to build up yang and tonify qi.

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a Dandelion?

Dandelions are a perennial herb, prized for their soft leaves and bright yellow flowers that bloom in spring and through the summer. They come from the Aster family (Asteraceae).

Bees Are Buzzy For Dandelions

These beneficial plants are loved by bees. They are an important part of the ecosystem. Dandelions are often the first source of nectar for bees in the spring. They also have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.

Years ago, people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed and chamomile. This was before we started worshipping the perfect lawn.

Jump Start Your Immune System

Dandelions are known to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. They can help purify your blood. Dandelion extract has antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

Fun Fact: The Dandelion is said to resemble the 3 celestial bodies. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puffball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.

Dandelions Help You Detox

They support your body as it detoxifies and purifies your blood. The flowers are full of antioxidants.

Antioxidants prevent the negative effects of free radicals in your body. Free radicals are a normal part of your body’s functioning but too many of them can add to disease and speed up the aging process.

Studies have found beta-carotene and polyphenols, which protect your cells against damage. They’re full of fiber (inulin), which is great for your intestines and digestive system.

They Reduce Inflammation

Early studies show that dandelions have anti-inflammatory properties. Over time, inflammation can cause disease and damage your cells. More research is being done in this area to confirm this data.

Tea For Weight Loss

Dandelion root tea is a powerful weight-loss treatment. It detoxifies and cleanses your digestive system. It also provides potassium which is a diuretic.

In addition, they can be used as a supplement or as a base for herbal medicines to treat nausea, gastrointestinal diseases, and anemia.

Dandelion is also thought to improve liver function as it contains diosgenin, found in its seeds, as well as potassium and iron compounds.

This Weed is Full of Nutrition

It’s good to know that our yards are full of micronutrients. Dandelions contain vitamin A, C, K, E folate and some small amounts of B vitamins. They are full of minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Micronutrients are important for a variety of functions in the body and in the development and maintenance of bones and tissues.

The flowers can be eaten raw or cooked, and they taste like a cross between spinach and basil. It is also used in teas. It’s popular with indigenous people, who use it to treat kidney stones.

Dandelion Wine

Dandelions make great wine. It’s one of the more common uses and recipes are handed down through the generations.

“Dandelion wine, believed to be of Celtic origin, is regarded as one of the fine country wines of Europe. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was not proper for ladies to drink alcohol. However, dandelion flower wine was considered so therapeutic to the kidneys and digestive system that it was deemed medicinal even for the ladies” an excerpt from the book Dandelion Medicine: Remedies and Recipes to Detoxify, Nourish, and Stimulate.

It takes a lot of dandelion flowers to make wine. A helpful hint — only use the yellow part of the flower as any green will make your wine taste bitter. If you can collect enough yellow petals at once, you can always freeze them and add more later.

It may seem strange to discover this, but we’ve always known dandelions are a valuable plant. We should be cultivating them in our gardens instead of trying to get rid of them. We should eat this annoying weed for better health.

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