Where would someone hide the cure for disease if they wanted no one to ever find it? The best place would be right in front of you where you wouldn’t think to look. People mow over this “weed” every time they mow their lawn. Today we are going to talk about Dandelion.
Did you know a weed is simply a plant you don’t like? Dandelions grows abundantly and we spray tons of weed killers to get rid of them. All we are really doing is damaging ourselves and the environment by doing so. Imagine someone out there with liver disease spraying dandelion. The cure is right in front of them and they don’t even realize it. By the way Dandelions are perennial so you will be mowing and spraying them year after year.
Taraxacum Officinale aka Dandelion. Dandelion’s name comes from the french term (dent de lion) which means tooth of the lion. The plant is native to Europe and Asia. It dates back quite far as there have been recordings of its use by the Anglo Saxon tribes of Britain whom are from the fifth century and the Normans in the tenth century. It was also mentioned in the works of the Arabian physicians in the tenth and eleventh century.
Dandelion has been accepted worldwide as a liver tonic. The root is commonly used for the liver and gallbladder whereas the leaves are more so for the use of detoxing the kidneys and bladder.
The roots can incredibly grow as deep as 15 ft into the ground.
Dandelion has many uses. Here are some of them: Loss of appetite, upset stomach, gas, laxative, stimulates secretion of salivary and gastric juices, general digestive tonic, blood tonic, nutritive superfood, anemia, jaundice and other liver problems, skin beautifier, eczema, bruises, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, inflammation, kidney stones and diuretic.
Dandelion leaves are great in a salad, smoothie or juice. They are rich in numerous vitamins and minerals, which is why it is such a great blood tonic. Those vitamins and minerals are: Vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese and a very high vitamin K content at 535%.
If salads or juices aren’t your thing, dandelion can be used as a coffee replacement.
Everyone is aware of what dandelion is, making it an easy to forage herb. But wait just a second. There is another plant commonly called false dandelion. Before you go foraging make sure you learn the differences between the two so you don’t end up eating the wrong plant. I wasn’t searching for dandelion but I picked a wrong plant in my garden once. I swear I heard voices for the next two hours. O_o
Dandelion has shown to be effective in treating high cholesterol and even melanoma.
A study concluded that Dandelion reduced the extent of atherosclerosis by reducing oxidative stress and serum TC, TG, LDL-C and raising serum HDL-C. Dandelion is beneficial in preventing hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis and reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease.
Another study showed that dandelion root extract specifically and effectively induces apoptosis in human melanoma cells without inducing toxicity in noncancerous cells.
Well, that’s it for this video. I hope this video helped and motivated you to add more Dandelion into your diet. Its pretty amazing to think that a plant we call a weed is actually medicine. Be sure to hit like on this video like your life depends on it, I upload new health videos often so be sure to subscribe to my channel if you’re new, and as always I’m Brandon Goji. I’ll see you in the next video. Bye! Stay motivated you urban survivors!