Dandelion: home remedies and medicinal uses
Popular thanks to its shape, who refuses to blow a dandelion when we see it in the field ?; This plant has many properties some of which are really amazing. We explain below in detail, How is it and what does the dandelion do?
How is it and what is it used for? dandelion?
The common dandelion is a small plant, which is born dense in the spring giving the meadows flowers of a beautiful yellow color, intense and beautiful, as if was to announce, along with the spring that the cold has passed and it is time to wake up from its winter lethargy and face the new season. A plant that belongs to the family of the Asteracee Composite.
Known since antiquity for its many virtues, it has always been present in the herbal medicine with its useful roots and leaves.
The dandelion is a perennial plant with a very thick roots , the leaves are Simple from the jagged margin, present in lowland meadows, such as hills or mountains up to 200 meters above sea level, it grows practically everywhere, making it one of the most widespread plants.
The fruits are achenes and are provided with: a lock of white hair, which originates from the modified cup, which acts as a parachute and with the wind facilitates dispersion of the seed, when it is separated from the peeping.
The therapeutic use of this plant is not known in ancient times. In the Middle Ages , according to the Theory of Signatures, having the yellow flower as the bile yellow , began to be used as a remedy for the liver. And as often happens scientific evidence has confirmed this theory.
In 1546, the naturalist Bock attributed to the dandelion a diuretic power , while a German pharmacist of the sixteenth century attributed to the plant vulnerable virtues (ie capable of quickly healing wounds).
Dandelion is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a purifying agent capable of purifying heat, eliminating toxins and dissipating the nodules, with hepatic (hepatitis) and gastric tropism.
Properties and benefits of the dandelion
We then verify that from the antiquity, that many are the properties that are attributed to the dandelion, as well as several benefits as we explain further below:
- The root of dandelion ng> has cleaning properties , since it stimulates the bile duct, liver and kidney function, active ie the excretory organs (liver, kidneys of the skin) for the processing of toxins, the most suitable for your form of extraction (stool, urine, sweat). Flavonoids and, in part, potassium salts are responsible for these properties, which stimulate diuresis and favor the elimination of excess fluids. Therefore, its intake is indicated in case of water retention, cellulitis and hypertension.
- Finally, the dandelion can reactivate the immune function and improve the immune response of the lymphatic system . Nitric oxide (NO), contained in it, is involved in the processes of regulation and defense of the immune system: it acts as an intracellular messenger that stimulates the phagocytic activity of cells.
- On the other hand, bees adore dandelion flowers, from which they obtain nectar and pollen, which then become an excellent honey of the same name.
- Its use in the kitchen: In the kitchen it is used to enrich salads
Important components of the dandelion
Other components of the dandelion say a lot about its value. Its good leaves contain fiber , which helps keep cholesterol low and (as we mentioned) has a laxative action , as well as a good variety of vitamins and minerals. Among the first we have to mention the vitamin alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin (all antioxidants useful for sight), as well as some vitamins of group B and K.
The list of minerals includes:
- calcium (important for the well-being of bones)
- iron (hence the anti-anemic action of our plant)
- Not forgetting inulin, digestive, laxative, friend of the liver and good intestinal flora .
For a more incisive effect, the dandelion can be used in the form of mother tincture , decoction or dry extract, respecting the indications of the herbalist. In fact, there are also contraindications like the ones that we are going to explain next, but first, let's see how the dandelion is used:
How to use
- Dry extract (500-750 mg) in capsules or tablets given twice a day between meals
- Tincture mother of dandelion, 50 drops in a little water three times a day before or outside meals.
- Herbal tea: 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup to take in the morning and evening
Contraindications of the dandelion
Again, before using herbs and plants freely, it is always good, if in doubt, consult your doctor in case you have certain health problems.
Children and pregnant women
Dandelion is not recommended for children under 12 years of age, during pregnancy and lactation.Basically, if you have a disease or are taking medication, it is always good to consult a doctor's opinion.
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