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If you like walking in the forest from the end of March to the end of October, then you definitely have small yellow flowers in meadows. Seen in fields, clearings or in cracks in walls. A lot of people don't know exactly what that is and just ignore it. Others also find “the annoying weed” in the city, where it does not stop at streets and sidewalks. Most people don't even realize that this is the dandelion. And this is much more than you think. This is a medicinal plant that is often underestimated. The so-called common dandelion (Taraxacum offcinale) is a perennial, herbaceous and well adaptable plant. It is by no means poisonous, on the contrary, tasty and he althy. We're sure we've piqued your interest: stay tuned to learn more about the dandelion. Here we also show its he alth advantages and report on which complaints and diseases the weed can help.
You can find the dandelion while walking in the forest or on a meadow.
In the cities, where the air is still not too polluted, the medicinal plant grows on sidewalks and roadsides.
- How do you recognize the common dandelion?
The dandelion originally comes from West Asia and is now widespread in Central Europe. The he althy herb can also be found on other continents in the northern hemisphere. He is also called dandelion or buttercup. In addition, the plant can have other names such as common cow flower or true or common dandelion. No matter what we call the plant and where we find it, it attracts attention with its sunny yellow flowers. Its long, jagged leaves are reminiscent of a lion's teeth, hence the plant's common name. The tongue leaves develop on a leafless hollow stalk. The whole wild plant can reach a height of about 10-30 cm. It has a thick and quite robust root that can be one to two meters long. Interestingly, all parts of the plant, from the flower to the stem to the root, are edible and he althy. The special thing about dandelion is the white milky sap contained in its parts.
The sun-yellow petals and jagged green leaves are the most typical features of the medicinal herb.
We show the external characteristics of the dandelion first so you don't confuse it with another weed.
Extra tip: The typical white milky sap in the stalk of the dandelion is wrongly described as poisonous. That's not true at all, on the contrary, this is very he althy for humans! For this reason, the dandelion is also called the European ginseng.
Caution, risk of confusion! Common dandelion can easily be confused with poisonous wild plants such as the related sheep dandelion and common pigletweed! Be forewarned and consider that the stems of these two plants are not hollow!
All parts of this medicinal plant are edible!
- The dandelion as a traditional medicinal plant and what does it help with?
Since all parts of the dandelion plant are edible and they contain an enormous amount of useful ingredients, you can prepare many things from them. From a warm tea and green smoothie to fresh dandelion salad and a tasty soup. But we will report on the use of the well-known medicinal plant in the kitchen in our next article. Today we want to highlight the pluses of dandelion for human he alth. First of all, you need to know that there is a lot of vitamin C and provitamin A in the leaves of the dandelion. That's why you can use a dandelion tea, for example, to strengthen your immune system and fight spring fatigue. In addition, the bitter substances contained in dandelion stimulate the appetite and help a lot with digestive problems. You can also use it to relieve acute symptoms and do a detox cure. We summarize the other he alth benefits of this medicinal plant for you in the following overview:
The medicinal plant has a wide range of effects and can help with many medical complaints.
- Diuretic and blood-cleansing agent: The dandelion supplies the body with important vitamins and minerals and has a diuretic effect at the same time. It contains potassium, so our body can never suffer from a nutrient deficiency. As homeopathic The medicinal plant is used as a diuretic against urinary tract infections. Furthermore, regular consumption of dandelion can also prevent the formation of kidney stones. The medicinal herb is also widely used as a diuretic and blood-cleansing agent, for example in flushing therapy and against rhema and gout.
Dandelion tea detoxifies and revitalizes the body!
- Dandelion helps with diabetes: A cup of dandelion tea or a few drops of the root extract can help a lot with diabetes because they lead to low blood sugar levels and restore the blood sugar balance.
- The medicinal herb strengthens bile and liver: Consumption of dandelion increases bile production and improves fat metabolism. It helps fats to break down better. This promotes he althy weight loss and makes you feel vital and lively. The medicinal herb is also used for hepatitis, gallstones, cirrhosis of the liver. However, we would like to advise that such treatment should always be carried out under medical supervision!
Before you start therapy with dandelion, you must seek advice from your doctor or alternative practitioner!
- The dandelion is used to heal gastrointestinal complaints: The healing power of the dandelion has also been proven for loss of appetite, flatulence, a feeling of fullness etc. The metabolism is stimulated and the intestinal flora is kept intact.
- Good for skin problems: A white plant juice is pressed from the stems of the medicinal plant, which helps with skin problems. For example, it is good for use on calluses, corns and warts. It has an antibacterial effect and can also be used for eczema.
The best medicine comes from nature!
Conclusion: Discover the healing power of nature and find out more about the healing effects of dandelion. It might look like an annoying weed, but it contains many substances that are good for our he alth. Include the dandelion in your daily menu and benefit from its healing talents. Stay he althy and enjoy life!
The dandelion is a real all-rounder among medicinal plants!