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Dandelion - More Than Just a Common Weed

Aug 17, 2007
Its name originated out of the fact that some believe its leaves resembled the tooth of a lion, but for years the dandelion has done more than just help bees make honey. While its juices are bitter, many animals consume the plant for various reasons, including its ability to stimulate milk production.

For humans, the benefits derived from the dandelion are quite different. Some people do blanche the leaves and use them in salads, or eat them on sandwiches and in soups, but the plant also serves some medicinal needs.

Both the root and leaves of the dandelion are used as an alternative to man-made prescriptions. The most powerful portion of the dandelion is the milky white juice found within the root itself.

Dandelion has been harvested for centuries and is often most effective when the weed is in its infancy. It was first used as a medicinal treatment in the tenth century, when it was first used to treat liver ailments. Dandelion's used to stimulate the entire system, but primarily focuses on the needs of the urinary tract.

Aside from the liver, dandelion is also consumed for kidney disorders. While it can be taken in straight high doses without being poisonous, dandelion is usually mixed with other agents in patent medicines and herbal treatments alike.

People who have chronic liver complaints over time often find relief in taking a soup made from dandelion roots harvested at a young age. It's said to provide a slight laxative effect and helps aid digestion when you have an upset stomach.

Dandelion has been used successfully in the treatment of gallstones and has also been found safe to give to children. The weed is given to those suffering eczema and other topical diseases and has even been known to remove warts when the juice of the stalk is applied as a topical treatment to the affected area.

A dandelion tea is used to treat various urinary ailments. A single ounce of the juice is mixed with boiling water and then sweetened with honey before being served. The frequency and doses of how much dandelion is consumed depends on the type of disease you're treating.

For instance, to treat piles, you would take three wineglassfuls of dandelion concoction per day, but for a liver and kidney treatment, you would only need to take 1 teaspoonful of a concoction three times a day.

Using dandelion to resolve your medical issues is a great alternative to depending on high-priced prescriptions, but it's always best to check with your doctor and make sure it's suitable for your needs.
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