Foraging Health


Dandelion-emoedgars-sxc.jpg2_You see it everywhere, and for many it’s a pest.  But dandelions are a true gift from nature and deserve a bit of room in your garden.

  • The dandelion is the only flower that represents the 3 celestial bodies of the sun, moon and stars. The yellow flower resembles the sun, the puff ball resembles the moon and the dispersing seeds resemble the stars.
  • The dandelion flower opens in the morning and closes in the evening to go to sleep.
  • Every part of the dandelion is useful: root, leaves and flowers. It can be used for food, medicine and dye for coloring.
  • The leaves can be used as a salad ingredient, though has a bitter taste. Saute or blanch and use like spinach.
  • It’s a rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. It also contains vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. In addition, it contains B complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and even vitamin D.
  • Dandelion contains more protein than spinach.
  • The latex released from a dandelion when the stem is snapped can cause dermatitis in some people, but is currently being researched as a commericial alternative for rubber.
  • Dandelions attract pollenating insects like bees and is a vital source of nectar for early butterflies.
  • Up until the 1800s people would pull grass out of their lawns to make room for dandelions and other useful “weeds” like chickweed, malva and chamomile.
  • The name dandelion is taken from the French word “dent de lion” meaning lion’s tooth, referring to the appearance of its coarsely-toothed leaves.
  • Dandelions have one of the longest flowering seasons of any plant.
  • Seeds are often carried as many as 5 miles from their origin!

Health Benefits

Digestive Aid – Dandelion acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion, stimulates appetite, and balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

Kidney – This weed-like superfood is a diuretic that helps the kidneys clear out waste, salt, and excess water. This inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system too.

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

health_benefits_of_flowers_imageCancer – Dandelion acts against cancer to slow its growth and prevent its spread. The leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer.

Diabetes – Recent animal studies show promise that dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels.

High Blood Pressure – As a diuretic dandelion increases urination which then lowers blood pressure. The fiber and potassium in dandelion also regulate blood pressure.

Cholesterol – Animal studies have shown that dandelion lowers and control cholesterol levels.

Gallbladder – Dandelion increases bile production and reduces inflammation to help with gallbladder problems and blockages.

Inflammation – Dandelion contains essential fatty acids and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation throughout the body. This can relieve pain and swelling.

Immune System – Animal studies also show that dandelion boosts immune function and fights off microbes and fungi.

Dandelion leaves, flowers, and roots are all edible.

Dandelion is generally considered safe in food and medicinal levels. Some people may have allergic reactions to dandelion. Anyone with an allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, or daisy should avoid dandelion and anyone pregnant, nursing, or taking prescription drugs should talk to a health care professional before adding something new to their diet.

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6 replies on “Dandelion”

Thanks for your reply.
I only have small garden on my home, only about 2 x 3 meter. 😛
I have mango trees, srikaya trees (I don’t know the name on English for this plant), and small palm trees.
I think I will ask about Dandelion when I visit my lovely plant shop.

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I hope you can find some dandelion plants or seeds. Here they are considered a weed to be killed, as they spoil our ‘nice’ lawns. I’d much rather have a garden of herbs than boring grass.

Where are you? We can grow some palms in this part of England (Somerset), but not mangoes. I think srikaya is called sugar apple in English, but we don’t see it in our shops. Is it good to eat? 😦

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I’m in Indonesia.

Yes, yes, yes, your are correct, srikaya called sugar apple in English.
Seconds ago, I just found it on Wikipedia: 🙂
Srikaya is healthy and sweet too.
If you have any change to visit some countries in southern Asia, try Srikaya. 🙂

Wow wow wow dandelion considered as weed in your place.
For me, dandelion is a beautiful flower. 🙂

If you love garden, looks like mine considered as “tiny jungle”.
I plant what I like, just plant it. 🙂
I even placed this plant on top of the fence:
Good for hot climate like in my country and only require little water.

But I don’t think my mangoes and srikaya will bear fruit, because they need more soil for it. Not in my 2 x 3 meter with so many plants: mangoes, srikaya, palm, sansevieria and more…… . 🙂

PS: Sorry for my bad English. English is not my first language. 🙂


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