To Weed Or Not To Weed...08 Oct, 2021
It’s no coincidence that dandelions pop up in early Spring....this wild food – the entire plant of which is safe to eat (believe it or not) has powerful restorative properties which not only help to give our bodies a good ‘spring clean’ but also provide us with vital nutrients such as vitamin A, B vitamins, manganese, iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, silica and chlorophyll. From the pretty yellow flowers that help to cleanse our stomach, intestinal tract, bladder, and lungs...the leaves which purify our blood and assist with lymph drainage...the stem which cleanses our spleen, liver and brain and lastly, the dandelion root which takes the detoxification of the latter organs to a whole new level!
Dandelion can taste quite bitter so an easy entry to consuming this detoxifying panacea is to start off by drinking it as a tea. You can buy organic dandelion teabags or be more daring and chop off the root of a dandelion herb growing in your garden and prepare your own tea! Wild dandelion leaves that are pesticide free are rich in prebiotics and make a nutritious addition to your green salads. The pretty Dandelion flowers are also versatile and can be used to make natural skincare products, tea, tincture and even syrup!
So next time you spot this gangly “weed” popping up in various corners of your garden, before writing it off as garden waste take a moment to appreciate the medicinal value of this super nutritious wild food!