Dandelion root has been used as a therapy for many years. It is able to treat allergies, lower cholesterol levels, to improve bile production, and to detoxify the liver. Also, it has diuretic properties and if good for pregnant women and for those in menopause.
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 vitamins and you can use them in a salad, or with potatoes and eggs.
Studies show that it contains more carotene than carrots and is abundant in various other minerals and vitamins.
The dandelion stem is excellent for purification of the blood, relieves stomach issues, regulates the metabolism and stimulates the gallbladder function.
It the folk medicine this plant is used as a powerful remedy against diabetes, and the milk from the stem, which is believed to be harmful, is very healing and is used for removing warts.
Its is interesting that the flowers are used for preparation of dandelion syrup, also known as honey, which purifies the blood, strengthens it, improves digestion, and relieves a cough.
This is how to prepare dandelion syrup:
This mixture requires 400 yellow dandelion flowers, 4 sliced oranges and 4 sliced lemons, all put together in 3 liters of water. The mixture needs to stay put for 24 hours after which you can add 2 cups of sugar, and cook it for around 30 minutes.
When the mixture gets thick and syrupy, put away from heat and store the mixture into uncontaminated jars. You can use the dandelion syrup for regular coughs and colds or even bronchitis.
This is how you can prepare 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.