In my work I am learning more about natural approaches to life. I am starting to routinely ask myself, "Why did God make this?" and, "Is there a way to do this without using chemicals?" Today the journey lead me to, of all things, dandelions.
Dandelions are cropping up in high end organic produce aisles and specialty grocery stores. Checl out the price tag. They are among the most expensive items, costing more than prime rib, swordfish or lobster. So what is it with these dandy plants?
- The roots are dried and sold as a no-caffeine coffee substitute - for $31.75 a pound.
- You can enjoy a complete meal, from dandelion wine and dandelion salads to dandelion quiche, and dandelion soup. This can be followed up by dandelion ice cream! If you over-indulge, a cup of dandelion tea is the perfect remedy, since dandelions help the liver flush hangover-inducing toxins from the body.
When it comes to traditional herbal medicine, the root and leaves can be used to treat:
- liver disease
- poor digestion
- regulating blood sugar levels
Now let's talk vitamins!
- Vitamin A - More vitamin A than spinach or carrots.
- Vitamin C - More vitamin C than tomatoes.
- Folic acid, B6 and trace amounts of B1, B2, B3 and B5
- Vitamin E and Vitamin K - These notables fat soluble vitamins are found in dandelions.
What about minerals?
- Trace amounts of zinc, copper and selenium
Dandelions probably made their way to North America on the Mayflower. I imagine the dandelion would have been a sweet reminder of home. In all practicality they were probably brought along for their medicinal benefits.
Historically, dandelions were world-famous for their beauty. They were a common and much loved garden flower in Europe, and the subject of many poems. In Japan, whole horticultural societies formed to enjoy the beauty of dandelions and to develop exciting new varieties for gardeners.
In my work with EveVenture I have learned so much about more natural approaches to life. For the past 7 years it has become my passion to share this information with others. Come along for the ride!