Dandelions: If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em!

| 5/1/2018 12:49:00 PM

Dandelions love us. How do we know? Dandelions not only bring health and healing to our entire digestive system, but also contain inulin. Inulin is a prebiotic, a food for our gut flora. That means that dandelions help to provide food and a healthy, strong “home.” Food and shelter. The basic needs of all beings.

bees on dandelion flower
Photo by Suzanne Tabert

Dandelion is a digestive bitter. It heals, nourishes, and balances the entire digestive tract, including the liver. Our entire digestive system comprises our mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, large and small intestines, and colon. The small intestine is where 80% of the body's relaxing neurotransmitters are created, and 70 percent of immune activity occurs. By strengthening and nourishing the digestive tract, including the small intestine, dandelion helps a body have healthier nerve function and better immunity. As moods are a function of nerve strength, it seems once again that dandelions wish to bring us the healing we need to cope with day to day stresses that can add up.

Dandelion is the premiere herb to support the liver, allowing it to be strengthened, healthy and available at all times to do the many jobs it is designed to do. Dandelions help the digestive system to obtain full nutrition from the foods we eat. It tones and nourishes the spleen, skin, nerves, kidneys, glands, the urinary, circulatory and lymphatic systems, and the gallbladder. Dandelions can aid in reduction of uric acid and reducing edema in the joints. Dandelions can be a good herbal aid for treating inflammatory diseases such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

Dandelion acts as a diuretic, removing excess water from the body, while adding potassium and other minerals. Commercial diuretics remove potassium and minerals from the body. Potassium is vital to cardiac health; therefore, dandelions may be a good choice as a diuretic.

That's a lot of healing and nutrition from a plant that most people try to eradicate from their yard and gardens!