STOP killing the dandelions.
We spray and kill them on a regular basis. They grow right under our thumbs. The little yellow dots that dance and plague our ever so green lawns, and then turn to those fluff balls and reseed themselves, are everywhere. There is so much more to the Lady Dandelion.
Many years ago, when the internet was still fairly young, I had come across an article written by a gentlemen, that had been diagnosed with lung cancer. He had a dream, his dream showed him outright, that dandelion root would kill cancer cells. I made a copy of the document and basically forgot about it, until my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer 5 years ago.
How fortunate we were, we had 120 acres of organic, big fluffy dandelions. So I dug up the root. His instructions were. Dig the dandelion root up gently not to disturb or skin anything off the root, and gently remove the head of the flower. You can rinse the root very gently as much of the beneficial ingredients was also in the dirt around where the dandelion grew, so a good shake and a good rinse. Once you have done this, dry them gently in the oven, being careful not to over dry. I followed these instructions, and got lots of roots. They were dry enough when they would just snap in half. Once I had them like this, I would grind them to a powder and I put this into gel caps. I tried so hard to get my mom to try it but she would have no part of it.
Make no mistake they are very hard to crush to powder, and then I put them in gel caps. Some make tea as the entire dandelion plant can be used, some extracts, and some tinctures.
Upon further research into this amazing plant we have been gifted with, I found so much more, that this plant could help with, as well, there was a study going on in Windsor Ontario and researchers had started conducting studies on dandelion root extract and its effects on cancer, and it was approved for human trials in February 2015.
Studies showed that dandelion root extract acts very fast on the cancerous cells, and that they disintegrate within 48 hours, and that the new formed healthy cells in the body are not affected, again similar to bloodroot.
I can no longer find the data sheet on the gentleman that shared this worldwide, and believe it was removed from the internet. My computer crashed and I lost all my document and newsletters from 20 years ago.
Dandelions are a powerhouse, loaded with vitamins, minerals, and other healing nutrients, folk medicine also claims the dandelion plant as one of the most powerful healers, used to purify the blood, settle digestion and prevent piles and gall stones, among other maladies, the greens come loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients important for healthy eyesight. Dandelion greens also provide abundant amounts of vitamins A and K which both affect the blood as vitamin K regulates formation of blood clots, and vitamin A supports new blood cell growth, as well Vitamin A also plays a role again in eye function and supporting your immune system, while vitamin K works on the healthy bone issue.
Dandelion flowers are an excellent source of lecithin, and many make a wine from them.
Dandelion contains anti-microbial properties and has been used quite successfully on many fungal and bacterial infections, including candida albicans, the most common type of yeast infection found in the mouth, intestinal tract and vagina, and it may affect skin and other mucous membranes. I added the fresh leaves to the diet for this, tea is also recommended.
I pick my own fresh leaves, wash them well, and put them in my salads, and have found it useful as an additive to diet when there is a yeast issue in the body for people and dogs.
What more can one say about it, except research it, if you choose to pick your own, which I recommend, you know what you are getting, where it is coming from, and that is weed killer free, and fresh.
Either fresh or dried, tea or however you want to try it, make no mistake, this plant is your forever friend. As with all plants, herbs, anyone with plant allergies should always exercise caution, and again please know what you are picking if you are foraging these yourself, pretty hard not to know what dandelions are, so please read what you can on this beautiful yellow healer, and you will soon welcome these on your lawns.
Again, sharing some of my natural favourites, as sharing is caring.
As always, soulspirations - Vicky