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Dandelion root has been used as an herbal food therapy since ancient times. It is able to treat allergies, lower cholesterol levels, to improve bile production, and detoxify the liver. Also, it has diuretic properties and if good for pregnant women and for those with menopausal symptoms.
Spring is the best time to harvest dandelion roots, particularly in the beginning of April. It is best to pick it from places that are less polluted, such as areas away from town and the road.
You may not know that all parts of dandelion have medicinal properties. Its leaves are rich in many vitamins and you can use them in a salad, or with potatoes and eggs. I personally buy organic dandelion leaves and add them to soups.
Dandelion stem has the power to relieve stomach problems, boosts the function of the gallbladder, regulates metabolism, and purifies the blood. Also, the stem can be used to treat diabetes, while the milk from the stem can be used to remove warts.
In addition, people can use dandelion flowers to prepare homemade dandelion syrup. It will help your body to purify the blood, relieve a cough and improve digestion.
A recipe for dandelion syrup
Pour 3 liters of water over 400 yellow dandelion flowers. Next, cut 4 oranges and 4 lemons into slices and add them to the mixture. Leave it for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, strain the mixture and place it in a pot. Add 2 cups of sugar into the pot and cook for 30 minutes.
Remove it after it boils and gets thick enough. Then, place the syrup in sterilized jars. Treat cold, cough, or bronchitis with this syrup.
Dandelion root – its health benefits and properties even fight cancer
Dandelion is long used and popular for its medicinal properties. Nowadays, modern medicine validates the health benefits of this flower and says it is even able to cure cancer. Current trials are being conducted regarding its power for leukemias and lymphomas.
If you want to prepare and store dandelion roots, you need to peel, cut, and dry them on a fresh air. Leave them to dry for 2 weeks or until they get brittle under the fingers. When they become dry, place them in a jar and keep it in a dark and cool place.
Dandelion roots are able to clean kidneys, liver, lymph, and gallbladder. They are helpful in treating gallstones, constipation, hepatitis, acne, edema, and rheumatism. Additionally, they are effective for women in prevention and treatment of problems with breast tumours.
A recipe for dandelion tea:
Dry, chop and mince some dandelion leaves. Place the mixture in a jar and keep it for use in the future. Add half a teaspoon of this mixture in a glass of water and your tea is ready.
Another option is to combine 60 grams of a fresh mixture and 30 grams of dried dandelion root. Place the mixture in a pan with 2.5 ounces of water with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, cover the pan, and simmer for around 20 minutes. Then, strain the mixture and drink three cups every day.
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