24 Little-Known Uses for Dandelions From Baking and Pain Relief to Quickly Removing Warts
If you have a garden, most probably you have saw those pesky yellow weeds. Of course we are talking about Dandelion.Dandelions is very popular in the traditional medicine and has been used throughout the history for many health problems such as liver issues, kidney disease, heartburn and appendicitis.
While many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, it is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.
The consumption of dandelions can be extremely beneficial for our health:
– Sparingly dandelions leaves contain more beta carotene than carrots, this is an excellent news for your eye health high in antioxidants, which prevents cancer, premature aging, and other illnesses due to oxidative stress.
– Recent studies show that dandelion extract boost the work of the immune system and also fights off microbes.
– Also, recent experiments conducted on animals provide evidence that the root and leaves regulate cholesterol.
– The University of Maryland Medical Center in a study concluded that dandelions promotes digestion. More specifically the root acts as a mild laxative and fresh or dried dandelion improve the appetite and helps with any stomach problems.
– It acts as a diuretic and thus helps the function of the kidneys to eliminate excess water, salt, and waste by increasing the production of urine. This may be the explanation of the popular claims among children that in case you pick this flower, you will wet the bed!
– Imagine this, dandelion greens give you 535% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K.
– In a study 2011 it was conducted a study by a team of researchers which showed that dandelion root tea may induce leukemia cells to die. On the other hand the tea didn’t have any negative effect on the healthy cells.
– According to a study conducted in 2011, the tea of it’s root may induce leukemia cells to die, but it does not affect the healthy cells.
24 amazing uses of this plant:
The sticky resin is a substance that has been found it the dandelions stems, roots and leaves. By that this plant is effective in the process of removing warts. This sap should be applied on the warts several times a day and they will soon be eliminated.
Health and Beauty
If you have minor skin issues dandelion is a great choice for treatment. Also It;s very helpful in case of inflammation and pain. Dandelion efficiently alleviates joint pain and aching muscles. The procedure is the following, infuse dandelion flowers in an oil. Massage on the problematic area. The oil is very easy to prepare, just place fresh dandelion leaves in a mason jar and fill it with with base oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil, top it up and leave the jar for 14 days. This period of time it will infuse and after this process has finished strain the oil. Pour the oil in a sterilized jar and keep it in a cool place, or fridge.
Pain Relieving Salve
You can pour the infused oil into a soothing balm. You can also mix the infused oil with some beeswax, pout their combination into a jar or a tin and leave it to cool.
Very easy to make and very effective lotion, especially for dry and cracked skin. It will moisturize it and soothe inflammation. Mix the infused dandelion oil with beeswax, lavender essential oil, and shea butter and create a silky bar.
In the Kitchen
Because the entire plant is edible there are a myriad of ways in which you can use dandelion for culinary purposes.
You can make your home made dandelion vinegar and use it for stews, soups, salads, and dressings, or sauces or simply drink it as a revitalizing tonic. Just infuse the flowers of the dandelion in an cider vinegar for a month, then strain it. Keep it in a dark place for up to a year.
Dandelion Pumpkin Seed Pesto
This nutritious pesto is perfect for a simple pasta, sandwich spread or veggie dip. Because the dandelion greens have a slight bite, the toasted pumpkin seeds, lemon juice and parmesan are vital to bring balance.
Remove the green parts, dip the flowers in seasoned butter and fry them to create a delicious snack or side dish.
Sautéed Greens and Garlic
As dandelion is rich in minerals and vitamins, you can sauté it with garlic (or ginger or capers) in order to add flavor to it’s bitter taste. You should blanch them by immersing them in boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds in order to alleviate it’s acrid taste.
Cook the flowers, and add wine, stock, parmesan and creamy yogurt in order to prepare a jewel-like vegetarian risotto.
Pancake and Waffle Syrup
You should mix lemon, honey or sugar and dandelions in order to create a delicious waffle or pancake syrup.
Replace cabbage with dandelion in order to prepare the traditional spicy and sour Korean kimchi. Ferment the greens with spices, soy sauce, green onions, and herbs in order to prepare a tasty kimchi that will promote gut health.
The dandelion jelly can be added on top of toast, or crumpets. The prepared jelly can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
You can prepare a tasty iced treat by mixing dandelion blossoms, sugar, lemon juice, honey and freshly picked dandelion.
Make soaked savory muffins with dandelion petals, honey, flour, whole wheat flour, and oatmeal, and serve them with asparagus or green pea.
Even cookies can be made from dandelions you just need, lemon, honey, and oats.
Iced Lime and Dandelion Tea
A pretty iced lime and dandelion tea is extremely delicious, and it will eliminate all skin issues. You should blend fresh lime juice, stevia leaves, dried red raspberry leaf and a quart of dandelion flowers.
Dandelion Blossom Cake
Mix cinnamon, dandelion syrup, crushed pineapple, coconut, blossom petals, walnuts and coconut, in order to prepare a delicious dandelion blossom cake.
Danish Schnapps – Two Ways
You can prepare a Danish schnapps with the flower heads, which will be remarkable when combined with cakes, sweet desserts, and chocolate, You can also brew dandelion roots in order to prepare a dry and aromatic beverage. You can serve it with some robust flavors, like roast meat.
Dandelion Root Coffee
Brew the dandelion roots to get a caffeine-free alternative to coffee. In order to obtain a deep flavor, roast them before grinding.
Dandelions can be used to make a fine wine and rich in flavor. Ferment complete flowers with lemon zest, water, and raisins for a couple of months.
Home and Garden
Dandelion can be widely used in the garden and in the house.
Natural Yellow Dye
You should cook the heads of dandelion in order to make a chemical-based dye which can contribute to water pollution. It can be used on any garment in order to brighten fabrics, but it is especially useful for the ones who weave their own wool.
Floating Table Centerpiece
Use reclaimed wood and small nails, assemble a box of wood, hammer small finishing nails through the underside, and you should slide the dandelions on the top.
If you didn’t know, dandelions are the first food of the season for the bees. Dandelions are the first food of the season for the bees, so make sure you leave some for them to enjoy them during the spring.
Goats need a diverse, vegetarian diet, so dandelion weeds can serve as a balanced portion.
You will provide numerous nutrients to the garden if you prepare a liquid fertilizer, or weed tea. You should simply deep rooted dandelions, but since the seeds are still viable, you should brew up an organic fertilizer and spray or pour it onto your flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Source:Healthy Food House