Dandelion herb for health and vitality
The Dandelion. What to say about our humble ally and medicinal friend. When spring presents her smiling face, these little helpers are busy working away to show themselves and brighten our days. Glowing like golden Sun disks, they communicate the end of winter's sleep and the start of the cycle of rejuvenation and growth. The stagnant, dull winter months now give way to an eruption of internal fire. Boom, and things slowly begin to move and awaken. Dandelion in the front of the race to get its radiant flowers out in full bloom harvesting the early spring rays. Having a relationship to the fire element, this all makes sense. I feel this ties in well to its effects on the body, clearing out, flushing away, and moving dormant parts. Mobilization of new forces utilizing awakened spring-time energies.These guys are tough cookies to get a hold over too. If not in loose soils, they're a pain to root up. Have you noticed how deep their roots go down? Almost impossible to get the entire core out in one piece, the tap so fixed into our mother earth. Maybe a good sign for long-term stubborn health issues. I see that as a sign of strength and resilience to survive, batten down the hatches and not budge no matter what. We can rip at them leaves how we like, and the tidy lawn people know this one. But any leftover under the soil, and it just comes straight back. If we investigate further, we see the Dandelion is medicine we want on the shelf. Just to let you know, I'm not a Doctor. But I have worked with Dandelion. Disclaimer: The research here is for informational purposes only. Constitutional differences from person to person can significantly affect the interaction of a herb and the body. Would you please consult professional medical advice before taking any advice from this page?
Dandelion ...Taraxacum Officinalis
Some key actions on the body
- 1-Gather A good bucketful of Dandelions
- 2-Wash leaves
- 3-Sterilise equipment
- 4-Place Dandelions in fermentation vessel
- 5-Place boiling water over leaves and add sugar. Roughly 1kg for 6 litre of wine.
- 6-Add 1 tsp of citric acid
- 7-Add 1tsp yeast nutrient
- 8-Add 1tsp Pectic Enzyme
- 9-Let liquid cool
- 10-Add yeast
- 11-Place somewhere warm 24c is good
- 12-When complete place somewhere cool
- 13-Get a wine clearing agent, cambden tablets and follow instructions on items
- 14-One can use a filter system as it will make the wine clearer
- 15-Leave the wine for a few months to mature
- 16-Bottle and enjoy
Bitter...Bitters have best effect on the liver. Bitters are cooling. Dandelion root is used as a detoxifying herb for the liver. Increasing the livers bile production and the gall bladder bile secretion. It works by aiding the elimination of toxins. If you wasn't aware of the main role of the liver it's in removing toxins and the regulation of metabolic processes. We can appreciate that effective support of the liver is needed more than ever in these times of excess and overindulgence pollution and poisoning.
In a 2017 an investigation into the effects of water-soluble polysaccharides from dandelion root (DRP) was conducted. Conclusions demonstrated it's use in preventing liver injury.
Source:Prevention of liver injury
DetoxifyingProcessing what we intake into the body. Metabolism ultimately breaks down food with chemicals. Preparing food for redistribution so cells can use it to power themselves. The liver has so many functions but briefly it converts and stores nutrients for supply to cells. It prepares toxins and renders them harmless so they can be eliminated. The toxins absorbed into the body through pollution, chemicals etc all need to be worked on.
Unhealthy foods and drinks damaged intestinal flora all good reasons to consider. Dandelion as a supportive ally to digestive health in it's role to detoxify and eliminate.
DiureticDandelion leaves are an excellent herbal diuretic. A diuretic increases the secretion of water from the body. There are several types and so each one does this action in a slightly different way. Pharmaceutical diuretics promote the body to lose potassium in the urine. Interestingly Dandelions leaves restore the lost potassium so acting quite differently.
CirculationDandelion also has a correspondence associated with fire element. The fire element is a warming heating element. Heat gets stagnant and dormant elements in the liver moving and re-circulating the essentials. This warming has a stimulating and tonifying effect. Clearing obstructions and eliminating toxins in the blood.
Immune SystemSynthesis of Nitric oxide by cells involved in inflammation and immunity. Using type-2 isoform of nitric oxide synthase as an important defence mechanism against virus's and other infectious organisms. In a study by the US national Library of Medicine. It was concluded that compounds in Dandelion inhibit cellular invasion by virus's. Study's revealed that mice dosed with cadmium to inhibit the effects of Nitric oxide an important immune defence regulator. A water soluble extract of Dandelion overcame the inhibiting effects therefore supporting immune defence regulation..
See article here .. Immune defence Regulation
Vitamins and MineralsDandelion leaf contains high levels of A,B,C,D, vitamins. Choline grouped as a B vitamin is involved in normal liver function. Flavonoids, polysaccharides, and a host of minerals including sodium magnesium, silicon, zinc, potassium, iron, manganese, copper, chlorine, and calcium.
Rheumatoid ArthritisAs a remedy to ease the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis an infusion of Celery seed and Dandelion Root according to Lesley bremnass" the complete boof of herbs: A practical to growing and using herbs P248 ".
CholesterolWhilst their is no hard and fast evidence to support the idea that Dandelion may play a helpful role in the reduction of cholesterol, one study suggests it may help in animals. The US national library of medicine contains an article investigating the antioxidant effects of Dandelion on rabbits fed a high Cholesterol diet.The research conclusion states that atherosclerosis was reduced by a reduction in oxidative stress and that Dandelion was the beneficial ingredient involved. Dandelion may therefore lower cholesterol in humans although more research into this is needed. Cholesterol fed rabbits article
Other common uses for Dandelions
Did you know Dandelions can be used to make wine
Dandelions have been used to make a homemade wine for hundreds of years. Along with many other herbs and natural ingredients hops, Nettles, rose-hips, Elderberries and brambles. Making homemade wine is very easy. Once a couple of batches have been completed successfully you will appreciate the simplicity. Whilst its easier to get kits and they can make a quicker beverage. Getting out in the fresh air and interacting with nature can never be underestimated. Especially for city dwellers. So here's a simple breakdown of one method
Method to make Dandelion wine
A note if working with SpagyricsIf at all possible always use Astrology in the workings. If not Astrology then try to work by the moon. I will be doing a specific post on this and on making wine at a later date. So stay tuned in.
Dandelion as a foodForagers understand the benefits of good food in a crisis situation, some even live this art the main part of their daily diet. Season permitting. Countless books state Dandelions as a valuable source of nutrients, vitamin's and minerals. Dandelions leaves are also eaten in salads, sauteed, steamed or fried. Dandelion ice cream and dandelion jelly are supposed to be nourishing too.
See here: recipe for Dandelion ice-cream
HangoverHad too many cocktails at that party last night ?. Well it may interest you to know Dandelion stands as a good contender as a hangover support. Dandelions cleansing action on the liver could be considered as an alternative before ibuprofen and the like. Consider crushed dandelion seeped in boiling water to make a hydrating, refreshing liver tonic. Cushioning those Sunday morning blues. Maybe try it with lemon or honey or both.
Dandelion Tea hangover cure
EmollientDandelion also includes an emollient which may soften the skin and aid older mature skin types. Folklore believed in the medicinal power of Dandelion on dry skin types to rejuvenate and refresh. Whilst their is no evidence for this claim
In 2015 a study conducted by Hindawi Source:Skin Oxidative stress in disease and ageing It was concluded Dandelion did exhibit healing effects helping skin protect itself from damaging solar UV radiation. Dandelion extracts using the flower or the leaf it was found worked best and significantly protected the skin.