5 Health Benefits of Dandelion

| Modified on Dec 19, 2017
Health Benefits of Dandelion

Most of us do all that we can to get rid of those unruly yellow sprouts in our yards. But, when it comes to the health benefits of these common roots, dandelions are more friend than foe. Dandelions can be used in a number of different ways and are particularly effective for treating common ailments like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and immune disorders.

What Are Dandelion Roots?

Dandelion used in the health world is the very same weed that invades your lawn, garden, or even sidewalk. While they do grow in a number of different locales, you won’t want to collect your dandelions from just anywhere. Be sure to either grow your own or find a location where the plants are not exposed to pesticides, fertilizers, or other chemicals.

How Are Dandelions Good for Health?

The sunny plant is a rich source of beta-carotene, which your body uses to convert to vitamin A. The plant is also abundant in vitamin C, phosphorus, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and a number of other nutrients. This common garden “weed” is also a good source of B complex vitamins, trace minerals, and vitamin D. Dandelion even contains more protein than spinach.

What Health Conditions Can Dandelion Treat?

The plant boasts a variety of health benefits that range from reducing inflammation to detoxing the kidneys and supporting digestion. Dandelion can treat a number of common health conditions.

1. Diabetes

Dandelion contains specific compounds that help regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels.

2. High Blood Pressure

Dandelion is a diuretic that increases urination and lowers blood pressure. It also contains a high concentration of fiber and potassium, which also help regulate blood pressure.

3. High Cholesterol

The innate compounds available in dandelion help lower cholesterol levels. The herb may even increase your good cholesterol levels.

4. Gallbladder

Dandelion contains important fatty acids and phytonutrients. These compounds help reduce inflammation throughout your body and treat problems and blockages with your gallbladder. It also helps relieve pain and swelling.

5. Cancer

The leaves of the dandelion are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. These nutrients function to slow the growth of cancer.

What Are a Few Traditional Recipes for Using Dandelion Roots?

You can use dandelions in fresh or dried form.

Fresh Dandelion

To prepare fresh dandelion leaves, wash the leafy stem and root of your dandelion and mix them into a salad or other green mixture just like you would any other leafy vegetable.

Dried Dandelion Tincture

To dry dandelions for use, cleanse the leaves like you would for fresh. Then hang the herb from its roots until dried. Once dried, you can grind the herb up and add 1 part dried dandelion root to 3 parts alcohol and 2 parts water. Allow the tincture to sit for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Then strain the tincture through cheesecloth to remove any bits and store in a sealed glass container. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily.

If you’ve never looked at dandelion with anything other than contempt, hopefully now you can see that it does have some benefit. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.

Dandelion Tea Side Effects

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Posted by Anonymous (Usa) on 05/12/2017


There is not a lot of information on here about using Dandelion as a cure for most things. I have recently, been having some discomfort in my ab area. I tried to self diagnose, but my symptoms could have been many different things. Hernia, gall bladder,, pancreas, colon issues.

I had been having some mild pain and stools had changed form. I first started with apple cider vinegar and apple juice, this seem to help some, but when I read about Dandelion and its benefits, I decided to pull some out of my yard before the first cutting of grass.

Well I had great solid bowel movements just after a few days of consuming it and my pain has almost went completely away. What came out of me tonight was like something from a freak show. I am not even sure if my dose is right or recipe is even correct. Every where on the net, people have different recipes for making it and dosages.

What I did was take about 8 fresh whole dandelions, wash them and put the flowers ( Yellow buds ) stems and leaves into a pot and took the roots and put them into my Nutri Bullet with a little water and blended them to slush, I then poured the water and ground up roots into the pot filled with about a quart of water. brought the mix to a boil for abut 15 minutes and then let it sit and steep for a little over and hour. I then poured the mixture off through cheese cloth and placed into a sterile amber bottle.

I started out with like a 1/2 teaspoon and worked my way up to a cup a day. Today I did one cup and a short while later did about a half of cup. I had one bowel movement with lots of green in the color ( sorry I know it is gross, but I believe important ) This was after the first cup, when I drank the second half cup always with half mixed hot water in it, about 30 minutes later had the urge went again and it had some sinkers and some floaters with strings of what look like mucus connected the floaters and sinkers. I know right TMIF, But I feel this is important for people to know.

I would love any one suggestions, who have used Dandelion and there recipes, I don't want to hurt myself, but am not afraid to cure myself. I don't know if Dandelion could actually harm you or not if you took too much.

Please Advise...

Thank you,

Puffy Eyes, Menstrual Cramps

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Posted by Daniel (Uk) on 12/19/2017

Dandelion root is the best thing, in my experience, for Puffy eyes and Menstrual Cramps.