When the spring comes it is all around us. We can see the bright yellow flowers everywhere around us and then we are reminded of the amazing benefits dandelion weed has for our health.
You can eat it fresh or you can cook it, but having in mind amazing benefits people found many ways to introduce this weed in their nutrition, so it can be used as tea, coffee, salad, juice, honey…. Whatever way you choose to use it, your body will have amazing benefits.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DANDELION
This plant contains a variety of valuable essential oils, minerals as potassium and iron and vitamin C. dandelion can boost your health in so many ways. It is used as diuretic with properties to improve the functioning of kidneys, liver and stomach. Using root of the plant can help you clean and strengthen the body. It is used to treat allergies, respiratory organs, skin conditions, ulcers, to lower cholesterol and regulation of irregular menstruations. Leaves have positive effect on urinary infections, liver and bile problems and can help you clean the blood of toxins. Flowers are good for colds, bronchitis and gum inflammations. Recent researches showed that dandelion is more effective in killing cancer cells better than conventional treatments.
HOW TO PREPARE DANDELION
Dandelion root coffee
To prepare this drink you need fresh dandelion root. Clean it and wash it well. Cut it in small pieces and place it on a pan. Put it in preheated oven and bake on low temperature until it completely dries. Then grind it and prepare it as you usually prepare your coffee.
Pick fresh leaves and roots of dandelion and wash them well. Grind them in a blender and strain the juice. Add 2 teaspoons in a glass of milk and drink every morning on empty stomach for 20 days in a row. You can also add some honey to this drink for better taste. This will help you treat stomach problems.
Tea made from root of this plant has amazing health benefits. To prepare it you need to add fresh clean root in boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then remove and let cool down, but not completely, just until it becomes drinkable.
Pick baby leaves of dandelion plant and wash them well. Make a dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and garlic, salt and pepper. Mix it all well and let it aside for half hour and then you can eat it.
Homemade honey prepared from the flowers is good natural remedy for respiratory disorders. To make it you need about 180 flowers of dandelion, 1 liter of water, 2 lemons and 1 ¼ kg of sugar (brown). Put the flowers in the water and cook them for 2 hours on low heat. Stir occasionally. Then strain to remove the flowers and add the sugar. Continue cooking for another hour stirring occasionally. Add lemon slices and cook for another half hour. Then remove from heat and let it cool down. Store in glass container and keep in dark and cold place.