Dandelion is probably one of the most popular and well-known medicinal plants, not only because of its incredible benefits and properties but also because it used to be a part of many children’s games when they take it in their hands and blow its white hairs which disappear little by little carried by the wind. in this article, we look at all the benefits of dandelion tea and what it serves.
Dandelion, also known as bitter chicory, is a plant that is usually considered a “weed”. However, in view of its use in folk medicine, research has been conducted on its properties and possible health benefits.
This plant grows easily rural areas, pastures, and roads although there are people who grow it intentionally in their gardens and gardens to use it as an ingredient in the preparation of natural remedies.
Among other aspects, the dandelion stimulates the secretion of the organs of digestion, so, precisely, it is used in cases of digestive disorders in general (constipation or lazy liver), and in gastric hypo-acidity.
Properties of Dandelion
The dandelion is a plant that has diuretic, depurative, laxative, cholagogue (produces the secretion of bile), antirheumatic, tonic, healing, antibacterial and hepatoprotective properties.
Dandelion is an effective herb that contains many healthy bitter and mineral substances. Dandelion tea helps with many health problems and strengthens the body’s defenses. We’ll show you how to make dandelion tea.
What does Science say?
To date, research has revealed that dandelion is a plant whose compounds ( sesquiterpene lactones, phenylpropanoids, saponins, triterpenoids, and polysaccharides) have a mainly diuretic and digestive effect that helps improve health. In turn, it is considered that these effects lead to stimulate appetite and reduce inflammation.
It should be noted that dandelion is not only used as a remedy for humans but also for animals. In particular, dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, reptiles and small birds.
Pick Dandelion for Tea and Dry
The leaves taste best if you pick them as young as possible (from May to September). You harvest the flowers in April and the roots in spring or autumn. The dandelion flowers can be processed into a vegan honey alternative.
The roots and leaves should be comminuted after collection and dried at about 40 ° C. This are best done in a breezy, dry place in midsummer (eg attic or woodshed).
Important: Make sure you collect dandelion that does not grow near high-traffic roads or other pollutant sources.
Recipe for Dandelion Tea
For a cup of dandelion tea you need:
- 1 tbsp dried dandelion root and leaves
- 1 cup of cold water
Heat both together in the pot and cook for one minute. Then let the tea infuse for another ten minutes and strain through a sieve. The taste of dandelion tea is spicy-dry to slightly bitter.
To benefit from the health benefits, drink two cups of dandelion tea daily for a period of eight weeks.
Tip: Externally applied envelopes with dandelion help with rheumatism, varicose veins, and ulcers.
What is Dandelion for?
The dandelion is used for the following ailments:
- Treat anemia because of its high iron content.
- It can be used for cases of obesity, cholesterol, and edema due to its diuretic and protective properties of the liver and bile.
- for kidney problems, such as stone or grit removal.
- It is used to relieve constipation due to its mild laxative properties.
- It’s also used for the treatment of sores, wounds and even bruises due to its healing properties.
Benefits of Dandelion Tea
1. Combat fluid retention
Because of its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, dandelion has been used as a complement to stimulate the elimination of toxins through urine and, in general, all the liquids retained in the body. In short, its natural assets improve kidney function when you drink your infusion about 2 or 3 times a day.
2. Improves the functioning of the liver
The dandelion root is a known protector of the liver, not only because it helps to optimize its functioning, but because it prevents and relieves inflammations. It also helps regulate the flow of bile. To obtain this benefit it will be necessary to prepare the root in infusion and drink it, at least 3 times a week.
3. Fight the lazy bowel
This plant not only has digestive properties but also has a slight laxative effect that helps improve bowel movement.
So an infusion of dandelion, in combination with a diet rich in fiber and antioxidants, in addition to good hydration, will help eliminate accumulated waste.
In case of indigestion and gases, the infusion of this plant is also recommended, since it helps to neutralize the acidic pH without affecting the activity of the healthy bacteria.
4. Combat anemia
Because of its significant contribution of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and calcium, dandelion is also a good complement to accelerate the recovery from episodes of anemia and fatigue.
Its absorption in the body supports the formation of red and white blood cells, which helps, among other things, strengthen the immune system. And to obtain this benefit, you will only need to take 3 or 4 cups of infusion, per day.
5. Protects Visual Health
The set of essential nutrients contained in dandelion can also help, in a certain way, to take care of visual health, since they minimize the risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and other conditions.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two substances (pigments) that can be found in this plant and, to a greater extent, in various foods, such as chard, corn, broccoli, oranges, mango, and so on.
6. Combat Cutaneous Problems
The regular consumption of the infusion and the application of compresses of dandelion come to be natural solutions for some problems of the skin, especially, acne, eczema, and some allergies.
Since this plant has anti-inflammatory and healing effects, its use favors the healing of superficial wounds and allergies.
7. Relieves Inflammation
In addition to the nutrients mentioned above, this plant also contains a certain amount of essential fatty acids, and beta-carotenes that, when assimilated in the body, help restore the balance of their inflammatory processes.
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Although this plant can help to take care of or maintain health, it should not be used as an exclusive treatment for any condition.
It is best to use your infusion as a complement to a healthy lifestyle based on a balanced diet, adequate hydration, and regular exercise. Do not forget that dandelion should not be taken during pregnancy. Even people with gallbladder problems or kidney stones have to do without it!