I grew up with this weed all my life in the Caribbean thinking it was one of the easiest weeds to get rid of, because it was always so easy to pull from the soil. Once again I have to downgrade the education system; until a week ago, I only knew the name of this weed as something to get rid of, not knowing it was a super health plant;
Dandelions are all over my yard; I have been walking on them for years in complete ignorance. I first heard a local herbalist talking about this weed; but did not realize he was talking about the same weed, until a visit to a local farm to buy some vegetables, when the farmer handed me the same plant I knew to be a useless weed.
Dandelions have been known to man from around 900A. D.or about 30 million year ago in Southern Russia, and have been used for food and as a herb. The theory is that the leaves of the plant resembles the canine teeth;- lion-dents de lion is the French for teeth of the lion
Dandelions are native to Eurasia and North America, two of the species are known as wild flowers and are both edible in their entirety. The Chinese refers to the dandelion as the flower that grows in public spaces by the riverside.
Records of Dandelion as a medicine dates back to the 10th and 11th centuries. The Welsh used it in the 13th century.
Dandelions were very familiar to the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Romans, and Chinese and in Arabic medicine.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center website, the Native Americans used the herb for skin problems, heartburn, upset stomach and kidney disease.
The Chinese used it for breast problems, stomach problems, and appendicitis; It was used in Europe for diabetes, diarrhea, eye problems and to relieve fever.
Other Health benefits attributed to dandelion are for dyspepsia, gallstones, flatulence, diuretic, laxative, blood tonic, digestive tonic, circulatory tonic, cancer, and treatment of viral and bacterial infections, arthritis, fevers, toothaches, anemia, warts and dandruff.
The plant was also used to make a pale yellow dye from the flowers, and a purplish tint from the ribs of the leaves.
Dandelion was considered as a natural source of latex during world war 11, when the Japanese controlled about 90% of the world’s rubber. it was even thought to be a superior source than the trees.
German researchers have developed a new variety of the Russian Dandelion, which produces five times more usable latex than the common dandelion.
Scientists in the USA are also researching Russian dandelions as a raw material for car tires.
Dandelions are also being considered as a source of Ethanol and alternative to corn in the USA where 40% of the corn produced is used for Ethanol. Physicist from the University of Edinburgh are now carrying out studies as to why the dandelion seeds fly so well, could be related to the study of drones.
Possible Health Benefits
Like most herbal medicine not enough scientific research is available or have been carried out to verify all the claims attributed to dandelions. The fact is there are health benefits; it is about time that researchers devote the necessary time, energy and money to the uses of dandelions for the good of mankind; without the question of pharmaceuticals and huge profits; the focus; we know the plant is easily available.
Perhaps if knowledge was imparted from early to schools, it’s possible that a lot of scientific facts can be learned to attract visionary leaders to scientific based natural medicine.
1. Powerful antioxidant
2. Reduce blood sugar levels
3. Reduce cholesterol
4. Help control blood pressure
5. May help weight loss
6. High in Nutrients-(vitamins A, C, K, E, B, D, mineral and fiber)
7. May improve liver health
8. May help fight inflammation
9. Fight Cancer
10. Treat Constipation
11. Boost Immune system
12. Treatment for Skincare
13. Contribute to Bone Health
Dried Leaves-4 to 10 grams daily
Green Leaves-4 to 10 grams daily
Dried Powder-250 to 1,000mg, 4 times daily
Fresh roots-2 to 8 grams daily
Fluid Extract-1 to 2 teaspoons daily
Use of Dandelions
When ever one investigate herbal medicine, there is a familiar warning that there is not enough proven evidence to support the health benefits; my response has always been the same, If we know there are health benefits, and the knowledge was available for thousands of years, Why isn’t the research complete after all these years; has it got anything to do with the easy availability of the plant or herb, and low financial possibilities?
One should carefully read all relevant materials relating to Dandelions; there could be implications for people with allergies, people with various health issues and are on medications.
Be cautious if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as not enough is known to encourage the use for such people.
According to -Healthy but Smart-there are 792 studies on dandelion, and only 6 included human clinical trials. What message is this sending?
It is about time that medical universities and researchers devote more research and human trials on herbal medicine, and not be governed by Greed and huge profits. The whole world stands to benefit, health care costs will be greatly reduced, cost of Governments will be reduced, people will live longer in good health and Poverty around the world can be in a much more healthy condition than it is today.
Be sure to study more about dandelions if you are contemplating using the plant-healthline.com,webmd.com -healthy but smart.com organisfacts.com and-phys.org are plenty to browse.
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