Oct 20, 2012

Dandelion Root

I dug up some dandelion roots yesterday to dry... The benefits from this plant are too good to pass up... I am going to dig up more tomorrow in the back field...


I dried them in my oven dehydrator for about 4 hrs at 140 degrees. They resemble twigs when they are completely dried...I ended up with about 3 ounces from this batch....


Dandelion can be used for the treatment for fever, eye disorders, kidney disease, skin irritation, digestion problems & inflammation or lack of milk in breasts. It is often used as a treatment for anemia because of its high iron and zinc content & as a mild diuretic. It has mild laxative properties which helps maintain  regularity. Dandelion root is also a mild appetite stimulant, an aid to many digestive problems.  It is highly regarded as a ‘liver tonic’, a blood cleanser & great at detoxifying poisons & waste from the body.. It increases the bile production which flushes toxins from the liver...

The benefits you get from a liver cleanse can be a great help correct the following issues: 

Vitamin A, D, or E deficiency (all are produced in the liver!)
High or low cholesterol numbers (the liver also produces and balances cholesterol) 
Hormonal problems- the liver filters out mutated hormones 
Excessive gas or bloating
Allergies to chemicals or things in the environment
Inability to digest fats
Blood sugar fluctuations (the liver helps regulate blood sugar along with the pancreas and adrenals)
Gallstones

My interest stemmed from allergies & migraines which apparently can come from the liver having toxin build-up...Dandelion root seems to be an answer in reliving these problems...

For a tea:
1 quart filtered water
2-3 teabags or 2-3 teaspoons of loose dandelion root, dried
3 tablespoons honey

Bring the water to a boil. pour over the dandelion root and allow to steep for 20-30 mins...add honey & enjoy...




Before using any herb however please read up on it & make sure it does not interfere with any medicine you may be on....The Live Strong site is excellent for this...

If you cannot harvest the root yourself I recommend this wonderful website to order...

 Resources:

On making tinctures, this is an excellent source for herbal information....




Enjoy!!

9 comments:

suncatcher said...

Hi Linda~You have a very interesting and informative plus fun website. I enjoy every post of yours, and I wanted to let you know I especially appreciate this one with all the great info. Thank you for sharing.

Linda said...

Thanks glad you enjoy it...I love to share what I learn..if it can help me it can help someone else...I am hoping this root will help my migraines so I will do an update..I truly appreciate the compliment.

:)

Laurie said...

I must try this as I am trying to be healthier. I love tea and it's even better with benefits like yours contains. Thank you sharing this.

the wild magnolia said...

appreciate the info and pictures....

happy October.......

scarlett clay said...

Wow,that is one AMAZING gift from nature! I never knew dandelion's were so beneficial, just thought they were weeds!

Amanda said...

love dandelions! the most amazing "weed". ;) we use them for everything - tinctures, teas, and food. the kids love the blossoms in a sweet fritter.

Linda said...

Glad everyone enjoyed this... I agree Amanda...I am going to utilize it much more next year as well as more plants from Nature...

Linda said...

Glad everyone enjoyed this... I agree Amanda...I am going to utilize it much more next year as well as more plants from Nature...

laoi gaul~williams said...

lovely post :) i wish you could see my airing cupboard-when poor swampy needs a towel he has to move all of my foraged goodies i have drying ready to store up and use in my magic/medicine bundles and pouches!!! i keep hinting about having a custom slide out shelf ;)

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