Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of the most powerful herbs known, found in over 100 species.
Dandelion is a good source of potassium, sodium, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus. The leaves contain a higher amount of vitamin A than carrots, also vitamins B, C and D and dietary fiber, which stimulates the natural processes of detoxification of the body.
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Dandelion herbal remedies
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1. Dandelion stimulates liver and bile function.
It prevents or cures liver diseases like hepatitis or jaundice. Experts recommend treatment with Dandelion even in extreme cases of cirrhosis.
Dandelion course revives the liver activity, it stimulates the regeneration of liver cells and helps eliminate toxins from the liver. Fresh dandelion leaves stimulates bile secretion, and favors its evacuation.
Dandelion has proven efficacy in preventing or treating various forms of cancer (as adjuvant, especially beneficial in liver rectum and large intestine cancer).
Phytotherapists say Dandelion is very helpful in cases of biliary dyskinesia with intestinal disorders.
French scientist Henri Leclerc says "I could tell, from personal observation, that Dandelion does really help eliminate bile: We obtained good results with fresh juice, a dose of 50 grams / 1.8 oz, up to 100 grams / 3.5 oz, in patients with chronic liver diseases, in subjects with biliary disorders, which had gall stones.
Using the treatment, painful crises have subsided and I noticed relief of symptoms of liver failure (jaundice, intestinal fermentation, discolored stools, etc.).
The results of treatment depend largely on the mode of preparation of medicine: the juice exuding from spring dandelion root is watery, thin and less tasty, while the juice collected in August and September is thick, opaque, with a very pronounced bitter taste, but the latter, which has the richest content in active elements should be used."
Boil 25 g / 0.9 oz leaves and 25 g / 0.9 oz roots for 30 minutes in 1 liter / 33.8 oz of water. Strain. Drink one cup 3 times a day before meals.
2. Blood purifier
Beside its action on the liver and gallbladder, dandelion is a considerable aid in circulatory disorders (cyanosis, varicose veins). It is an effective herbal treatment for anemia or blood related diseases.
It supports muscles in the process of cleaning the blood, removing residue and excess water.
Dandelion roots, eaten raw, as well as dried roots used for tea, make the blood fluid. This treatment is considered an excellent remedy against thick blood and makes a great detox diet.
If someone is facing the problem of low blood pressure herbal supplement of dandelion can help him / her immensely.
Dandelion is naturally rich in calcium count; thus the herbal remedies prescribed for menorrhagia by dandelion has affected the women to substantial blood loss due to excessive bleeding.
Dandelion is recommended for people who have high blood cholesterol, because it has a cholesterol-lowering action. It lowers the serum cholesterol by as much as half.
Besides the diseases already mentioned: lower high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, dandelion is used in coronary atherosclerosis by thinning the blood and dissolution of plaques of cholesterol.
To obtain a rapid action on blood, through purification and iron enrichment, chop dandelions, then press them to extract the juice. Drink the juice immediately and in high amounts as possible.
3. Prevents or cures anemia
Dandelion contains high levels of potassium, is a rich source of iron and vitamins, and, ounce for ounce, contains more carotene than carrots.
Herbalists have used dandelion for generations to treat anemia due to deficiencies of folic acid, iron, and vitamin B12.
Jethro Kloss - pioneer in Natural Herbal Remedies, said that Dandelion is very rich in nutrient salts having a regenerator effect, which cleans the blood of harmful acids.
In his opinion, anemia can be caused by deficiency of these salts in the blood and unrelated to the number of red blood cells ("amount of good blood").
Eat a salad from chopped dandelion and drink 200 ml / 6.8 oz of beetroot juice and 50 ml / 1.7 oz of nettle juice per day.
You can also drink dandelion root tea for anemia.
4. Dandelion is a natural diuretic.
Dandelion is a good source of potassium and can complement the loss of this substance due to the use of other herbal diuretics. This makes the Dandelion a safe diuretic in cases of water retention.
It eliminates uric acid which makes it effective in renal failure and renal diseases. Dandelion is good against fluid retention and has excellent effects in cystitis and nephritis.
Dandelion can be used prophylactically, for all healthy people, to purify the body due to its powerful draining effect.
5. Dandelion for gall stones / kidney stones.
Recent studies have confirmed the effect this plant is having on kidney stones.
The pain caused by kidney stones can be diminished by drinking dandelion infusion. In the case of small kidney stones, phytotherapists recommend dandelion tea daily until the stones are eliminated. Dandelion relaxes the urethra, facilitating removal of kidney stones.
Dandelion tea was proven to be a good remedy for those people who were likely to form stones in the gall bladder. In such cases, tea is prepared from dried leaves and roots very finely chopped. In a cup of water put two teaspoons of this mixture and leave to boil 4-5 minutes. Cover the dish and let it steep for 15 minutes.
6. Varicose veins (varices) - Internal treatment with fresh dandelion stems or with dandelion syrup is good in stopping varices.
7. Bladder infection and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Unlike many conventional diuretics, which cause the loss of potassium, dandelion leaves are rich in potassium. Using the herb as a diuretic results in a net gain of this vital mineral. Because of its diuretic effect, dandelion helps to relieve fluid retention in premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and counteract urine retention in bladder infections. By increasing potassium levels, dandelion aids in alleviating muscle spasms and nighttime leg cramps.
8. Digestive supporter
Many people avoid Dandelion because of its bad taste. But it turned out that the very substances that give a bitter taste of this plant improves intestinal transit, favoring the elimination of toxins. Thus are prevented constipation, hemorrhoids and colon cancer.
A course of Dandelion is best for those in need of a tonic to stimulate the digestive and secretory organs, for better digestion of food and better food waste disposal. It will also improve the bowel function, working equally well to relieve both constipation and diarrhea. Last but not least, use dandelion to stimulate peristalsis of the entire digestive tube, especially for people with lazy digestion.
German research has shown that dandelion root is a mild bitter, or appetite stimulant. Bitters of all types activate a reflex that increases the secretion of digestive juices by the lining of the stomach.
Obesity. Dandelion tea is indicated and the fight against obesity or to assist in weight loss. Overweight people can double the dose.
Recipes for anorexia and constipation
- Put 20 g / 0.7 oz of leaves and 20 g / 0.7 oz of roots in 1 liter / 33.8 oz of water. Let it soak for 24 hours. Strain. Drink one cup before each meal.
- Juice made from dandelions leave is very useful in cases of constipation.
9. Dandelion cleanse the skin
and eliminates acne
Dandelion helps eliminate cellulite through its substances that supports the liver in the process of decomposition of waste products and toxins.
Recipe for acne and cellulite
Boil 25 g / 0.9 oz of leaves and 25 g / 0.9 oz of roots in 1 liter / 33.8 oz of water for 5 minutes. Cover the pot for 10 minutes. Drink one cup before the three meals.
Recipe for eczema
Follow a course of dandelion for two weeks (juice, salads, tea), correlated with a raw food diet (70% raw food). The effect of dandelion course is is amplified if you drink 1 liter of Heartsease / Wild Pansy (Viola tricolor) tea daily.
Heartsease tea recipe
Put 4 teaspoons of Wild Pansy in 0.5 liters / 16.9 oz of spring water. Allow the plant to soak at room temperature, from the evening until morning. Strain and put the herb aside. Scald the remaining plant after filtering for half an hour, with 0.5 liters of boiling water and allow to cool. Strain and and mix withj previously obtained macerate. You will obtain about 1 liter / 33.8 oz of tea, which keeps the exceptional qualities of this plant. Drink the tea throughout the day.
Recipes to reduce freckles:
- Wash the freckles with fresh dandelion juice.
- Place 15 g of fresh flowers and leaves in 0.5 liters 16.9 oz of water. Boil for ten minutes. Allow to cool. Wash the skin.
10. Wounds. Put Dandelion leaf poultices for healing injuries of any kind (wounds, postoperative wounds).
11. Prevent or control diabetes mellitus.
In case of diabetes use dandelion in long-term courses. It has a hypoglycemic effect and it stimulates pancreatic function. Dandelion is very rich in vegetable fiber thus it prevents unwanted assimilation of sugar and facilitate evacuation of faeces.
12. It was found that Dandelion is a valuable source of Lecithin.
Combined with nettles, wheat germ, ground nuts, linseed, poppy, as a soup, dandelion is beneficial to the brain in Alzheimer's Disease.
13. Besides mineral salts, Dandelion contains curative and synthesis substances important for healing metabolic disorders.
14. Rheumatism. Dandelion can be used to relieve rheumatic pains, especially in cases of rheumatism associated with a hepatic or biliary insufficency.
15. Osteoporosis. Young Dandelion leaves contain a lot of boron (which helps to increase estrogen levels in the blood) and occupies second place after cabbage in the plants hierarchy that preserve bone tissue, preventing osteoporosis.
It is also a rich source of calcium and a fair source of silicon, which some studies suggest helps strengthen bone.
Harvest the leaves, flowers and buds in spring, before or early flower. To dry the plant put it in a thin layer in the shade, in a well ventilated place.
The roots may be harvested from July until late autumn and dried in the sun, after being previously washed.
It is good to harvest the plants and flowers from outside the cities where is less pollution and the soil does not contain chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, etc..
In cases of ulcer and gastritis, dandelion is good to be used with caution because it may cause overproduction of stomach acid.
Dandelion stem juice can cause allergies to sensitive people.
People suffering from water retention should consult a physician before using this plant to check potassium levels.
Abusive consumption of stem juice can cause poisoning, but the juice can be used external in the treatment of warts.
Do NOT eat plants after blooming.
Some individuals experience stomach pain because of hyperacidity. It is safe to use with other drugs.
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