Is this Weed a Friend or Foe?

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They sprout in my backyard and in your backyard! And this season of spring, you can see them coming out fast.

They become a nuisance and a pest to a lot of lawn caretakers and even to you and to me (before I got to know them)! Just pulling them out won’t help as they sprout again and again that you would already think of using a weed killer to kill them. But are they really a pest?

I didn’t know about this weed until I read about it and found the many health benefits it can give me and my body. Most specifically how it can really support my detoxifying organ, the liver!

Can you guess what I’m talking about here?….

It’s dandelions!

Dandelion Leaves

 

Are they  pesky weeds you want to throw in your garbage? Not at all as they come with lots of health benefits. Edible and full of nutrients that you won’t want to throw out once you know what they have.

But before you start pulling them out and putting them on your plate ensure they come without being sprayed with chemicals. That means you haven’t sprayed your lawns or backyards with weed killer chemicals and other chemicals to grow your flowers or non-edible garden plants.

So what health benefits are found in dandelions?

  • Dandelions are rich in beta-carotene that’s higher than carrots! They are rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D, iron, potassium, zinc and calcium.
  • Dandelions promotes bile secretion in the liver to aid in digestion. It also increases stomach acid for those experiencing heartburn or GERD.
  • Dandelions have been used by Native Americans to treat kidney problems. As they are a diuretic, dandelions helps in flushing waste from the kidneys through increased urine production.
  • Dandelion roots have inulin that become good flora in your large intestines. This helps lower risk of diabetes and promotes weight loss.
  • Herbalists use dandelion roots in their work to detoxify the liver and gallbladder and for kidney function.
  • Studies have shown that dandelion root extracts have the ability to kill cancer cells in leukemia without killing healthy cells.

Now that you know the health benefits of dandelions, try them out on your salads, smoothies, juices, stir fries or sautéed dishes.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Dandelion leaves are sweet when picked young and fresh. Add them to your salads or smoothies!
  • Mature leaves can be parboiled and used on sautéed dishes. Parboiling lessens the bitter taste. But bitter greens are a really healthy way of removing toxins and improving your digestive organs. Sautée them with garlic and onions and add in some organic bacon, sausage and/or eggs.
  • Make tea out of dried dandelion roots and leaves.

Here’s my smoothie recipe you might want to try:

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  • 4 handfuls dandelion leaves
  • 1 apple, cored, seeded and cut in chunks
  • 1 1/2 orange, peeled and cut up
  • 2 cups pineapple juice (not from concentrate)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp. flax seed meal
  • 1/4 cup dried pineapple rings
  • 1 mango (Manila/Philippine mango preferred)
  • 1/2  of large avocado
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups ice

This recipe comes out as a sweet smoothie. If you prefer a lesser sweet taste, opt out of the pineapple juice and dried pineapple rings.

Enjoy!

So what do you think of this weed? A friend or foe? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

P.S. Don’t forget that the Spring Cleanse is still on. If you’re on the fence, it’s time to hop off and say yes to 15 days of support and learning what your healthy blueprint is.

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