Dandelion Root - 100% Organic
Dandelion is a sunny, subtle, yet incredible plant that has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is mentioned in traditional Arabian medicine in the tenth century. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine practices all over the world as a restorative tonic, edible food, and in herbal beers and wines.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is referred to as 'Xin Xiu Ben Cao' or 'Pu Gong Ying' and considered to be energetically sweet, drying, and cooling. According to TCM, dandelion clears heat from the liver and has a beneficial effect on the stomach and lungs, and it can uplift the mood and support lactation.
In the United States, various indigenous cultures considered dandelion to be a prized edible, a gastrointestinal aid, a cleansing alterative, and a helpful poultice or compress. The Bella Coola from Canada made a decoction of the roots to assuage gastrointestinal challenges; the Algonquian ate the leaves for their alterative properties and also used them externally as a poultice. Additionally, the Aleut steamed leaves and applied them topically to sore throats. The Cherokee believed the root to be an alterative as well and made a tea of the plant (leaves and flowers) for calming purposes. It is interesting to note that dandelion was used by the Iroquois as well. They made a tea of the whole plant, and also considered it be an alterative tonic. In the southwestern U.S., in Spanish speaking communities practicing herbalism, dandelion is called 'chicoria' or 'diente de leon.'
Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar strongly promotes this herb, saying that it is "invaluable to women going through menopause." Dandelion root's benefit to the digestive tract is twofold as it contains inulin and is also a bitter digestive tonic which tones the digestive system and stimulates the appetite. It calms heat and also hot emotions, and is thus helpful in those that are irritated.
The young dandelion greens (rather than the older ones which become too bitter) are wonderful in salads. These leaves can also be steamed like spinach (although they take a little longer to cook than spinach) and spiced with salt, pepper, and olive or avocado oil. Other savory spices such as nutmeg, garlic, onion or lemon peel can be added as well.
FLAVOR NOTES AND ENERGETICS
Bitter, drying, and cooling
Nutritional Value of Dandelion Roots:
Dandelion is a rich source of beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A in the body. This flowering plant is a rich source of Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc and phosphorus. It also contains trace amounts of Vitamin D, B complex vitamins and organic sodium. Dandelion provides more than 300 % of the daily-recommended amount of Vitamin A.
1. Good For Your Digestive System: A good source of fiber, it stimulates appetite, promotes digestion, and also acts as a gentle laxative. It balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines, promoting intestinal health. In addition to this, dandelion roots maintain the flow of bile and stimulates the liver, promoting digestion. This prevents the onset of gastrointestinal diseases.
2. Improves Renal Health: The diuretic properties of dandelion are so strong that it is called “pissenlit" in France, which means urinating in bed. This herb helps to flush out the wastes, salts, and excess water from the body, thereby preventing the formation of kidney stones. It also inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system, thus shielding the urinary system from various infections.
3. Natural Shield For Liver: Luteolin, present in this plant, improves the functioning of liver, thwarting off ageing. The roots contain choline, a liver stimulant, which helps to treat liver hemorrhage. The Vitamin C and luteolin in dandelion root fights viral infection in the liver, preventing jaundice. Take dandelion with sugarcane juice to cure jaundice. It also maintains fluid balance in the body.
4. Improves Brain Health: Dandelion is a rich source of Vitamin K. It provides more than 600% of the recommended value of Vitamin K. The high levels of vVtamin K in dandelion roots fight neuron damage in the brain, preventing Alzheimer disease.
5. For A Better Vision: Dandelion contains zeaxanthin, a carotenoid that protects the retina from the UV rays. Regular consumption of dandelion juice also prevents macular degeneration.
6. Enhances Immune System: Dandelion is a storehouse of fabulous antioxidants that safeguard the DNA and cells from damages caused by free radicals, thus slowing down the ageing process of cells. Dandelion root fights off the microbes and fungi, thus strengthens the immune system. It acts as a tonic for the immunity, destroying acids and other harmful substances in the body. It is very good for people suffering from the nutritive salt deficiency.
7. Innate Anti-Cancerous Properties: Dandelion root is very effective for retarding the growth of cancerous cells. The root extracts halt the growth of melanoma cells without inducing toxicity in non-cancerous cells. Luteolin poisons the essential components of cancer cells, rendering them ineffective, and unable to reproduce. The carotene, phytonutrients, lutein, and cryptoxanthin protect the body from lung, prostate, and mouth cancers. It also detoxifies the body, preventing the development of tumors. The taraninic acid, a compound found in dandelion root, is very effective in fighting cultured leukemia cells.
8. Anti-Diabetic Agent: Recent studies have concluded that dandelion is very effective for regulating the levels of sugar and insulin in blood. Dandelion root juice contains inulin and laevulin, starch like substances that stimulate the production of insulin from the pancreases, preventing blood sugar fluctuations. Since dandelions are diuretic in nature, they cause frequent urination, removing excess sugar deposition from the kidney. The bitter taste of dandelion juice lowers the blood sugar effectively.
9. Healthy Skin: Carotenoids in dandelion roots are highly beneficial for the health of the skin. Dandelion root paste is useful for treating microbial and fungal infections affecting the skin. The paste is highly alkaline and has anti-fungicidal properties. Be careful while applying the paste and avoid any contact with the eyes. The paste can be used for treating itchy and flaky skin, ringworm, eczema, and other skin conditions.
10. Beneficial For Acne: Dandelion root juice, being detoxifier and diuretic in nature, regulates the secretion of the hormones, increasing sweating. This facilitates the removal of toxins through urine and sweat. Dandelion paste, when applied on the skin, inhibits microbial function, curing acne. The high vitamin C content in dandelion root also reduces the redness of the skin that accompanies acne.
11. Aids Weight Loss: The diuretic properties of dandelion root juice also promote weight loss. The urine contains around 5% fat. Thus, the more we urinate, the more fats we lose from our body. Furthermore, dandelion juice is extremely low in calories, making it a perfect addition to your weight loss diet.
12. Natural Remedy For Anemia: The high levels of iron and vitamins in dandelion root make it very effective for reversing anemia. Iron in dandelion promotes the production of hemoglobin in the body. It also contains B vitamins, which are essential for the formation of red blood cells and other component of the blood.
13. Improves Bone Health: Dandelion is rich in calcium, which is required for the development of bones. The weed contains leutin and Vitamin C that destroy the free radicals in the body, preventing age related bone damage. It also protects the bone from frailty, weakness, and decreased density. The phytonutrients and essential fatty acids in dandelion are very beneficial for reducing inflammation. This helps to relieve pain and swelling in arthritis patients. It also promotes osteotropic activity by building bone mass.
14. Natural Detoxifying Agent: The roots make a wonderful colon cleanser. It improves digestion and removes the wastes, detoxifying the body.
15. Helpful For Removing Warts: Dandelion is highly recommended for removing wart. The roots of dandelion, when opened, exude a white sticky resin. Apply the sticky resin to the warts daily or several times a day to dissolve it.\
16. Aids In Maintaining Blood Pressure Levels:The diuretic properties of dandelion root helps in flushing out the excess fluid in the body, thereby maintain the blood pressure levels. The high levels of potassium and fiber in dandelion replace sodium in the body, controlling blood pressure.
17. Prevents Formation Of Gall Bladder Stones: Dandelion root increases the production of bile in the body, preventing gall bladder blockage and stones. It improves its functioning and protects them from the ill effects of the oxidants and infection. Dandelion also helps to heal dyspepsia, various infections affecting the stomach, intestine, and urinary system.
18. Natural Remedy For Constipation: The high levels of dietary fiber in dandelion root make it very beneficial for digestion and intestinal health. Regular consumption of dandelion root adds bulk to the stool, reducing the chances of constipation. It regulates regular bowel movement, preventing gastrointestinal problems. It is also useful for stimulating appetite, particularly after a surgery.
Dandelion and Science
It contains many important vitamins and minerals like vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium.It contains up to 535% of the required dose of vitamin C and 110% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A.
All these are facts known for years. University of Windsor Canada made an initial study of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the results gave new hope to cancer patients. It was found that the root of the dandelion effectively “kill” cells infected with cancer without harmful effects on other cells in the body, reported by “Natural News”.
John Di Carlo, 72 year-old man, who was personally convinced of the healing properties of dandelion,has been subjected to intense and “aggressive” chemotherapy to fight for his health.
The healing process was three years long right before doctors send him home to spend his last days with his loved ones. Due to the fact that there was no positive effect of the chemotherapy and doctors did not offer alternatives to treat cancer, John began to drink tea from the root of the dandelion as a last effort to save him from cancer. Just four months of drinking dandelion tea this man survived remission of the disease.
Dandelion isn't the only plant that has great results curing cancer!