Thursday, May 12, 2011

Delightful Dandelion

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Dandelion- a plant that is a delight to the herbalist but the dread of those in pursuit of a weed-free lawn.  

Dandelion is  famous for those perky yellow flowers, the source of the famed Dandelion wine.
Dandelion
Did you know that dandelion has a host of other benefits as well?

Here are just a few that come to mind:

great tonic herb containing calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A & C
digestive bitter
stimulates the liver
diuretic
ground dried roots can be used as a coffee substitute

A few dandelion leaves in the salad bowl or soup pot makes a healthy and tasty addition to your diet. 

So, instead of complaining of weeds in the yard, we should be thankful to have dandelion growing in such abundance! 

Please use caution when harvesting dandelion in places where chemical pesticides and such  may have been used.  For safety's sake it may be best to sow your own seeds, even if the neighbors do think you are crazy! 

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(dandelion flowers are tasty too!)
Dandelion tea anyone? 

Herbal Blessings,

Catherine
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5 comments:

  1. That sounds so funny... growing dandelions on purpose. Happy Thursday!

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  2. great information! thanks for posting... have a great day!

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  3. And..as soon as the dandelions come out in full force, I can stop feeding my bees. :)

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  4. Oh, that picture was adorable! My Grandmother always ate dandelions and made us kids go harvest them for her. It would take hours to pick a dishpan full. We were always amazed AND dismayed to see them reduce down to a tiny little bit in the bottom of the pot!

    Thanks for a delightful stop this week. That picture is still making me smile!

    A+

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  5. Hello lovely Catherine! Yes, I wish they didn't spray the dandelions in the city! Ugg, it's so unfortunate that people have lost the knowledge of what "weeds" can do for us!

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