I was shocked to read a post on Care2 that many Americans today often cursed dandelion as an an irksome weed and is pulled, poisoned and otherwise generally maligned. But around the world it is considered a delicious vegetable and is consumed with affection–and dandelion has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
Dandelion is one little known herb that people use to make medicine specifically tha above ground parts and root. It packs a lot of health benefits. Traditionally, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, it was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea. (Source)
According to WebMD, dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic. Some people use dandelion to treat infection, especially viral infections, and cancer. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.
While searching for health benefits and uses for dandelions, I’ve found this 40+ Amazing Things to do With Dandelions very much interesting. The post shares simple ways and DIY’s that you can do with dandelions which are very helpful in your day-to-day healthy living that including things like making your own dandelion tea, salad, chips, sausage, vinegar, wine, lemonade, fizz, massage oil, cough syrup, salve and a number of DIY craft ideas.
You can check them out on the link below…