I originally decided to feature dandelions because they’re a fun flower and make beautiful photos. But after doing a bit of research, I’ve decided I must add dandelions to my diet. The health benefits appear to be significant. I’ll be interested to know how many of you already make sure you have the various parts of this plant in your diet.
What I found most interesting is that up until the 1800’s, dandelions were cultivated in the garden for their health benefits. Only in the last two centuries have we seen the dandelion as the enemy and tried to remove it from our gardens. I have a newfound respect for this maligned plant.
Here’s a fascinating, time-lapse video showing the dandelion flower emerging as a puff-ball of seeds. Here’s a video about making dandelion flower tea. To learn the health benefits of dandelions, watch this video.
- The genus for dandelion is Taraxacum.
- Dandelions are native to Eurasia. They’re thought to have evolved 30 million years ago.
- Every part of a dandelion is edible.
- The dandelion is said to represent the three celestial bodies of the heavens: the flower is the sun, the puff ball looks like the moon and the individual seeds resemble the stars.
- Dandelions can be used for food, medicine and dyes.
- Seeds can be carried as far as five miles away from their starting point.
- Dandelions have been used in Chinese medicine for over a thousand years.
- It’s believed that dandelions arrived in North America on the Mayflower, not as seed stowaways, but as plants brought by the Pilgrims to be used for medicinal purposes.
- Here’s a list of health issues the dandelion may address (Source): bone health, liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, skin care, acne, weight loss, cancer, jaundice, gal bladder problems, constipation, anemia and blood pressure.
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