Those dandelions in your yard are edible! AND they have great health properties. People see dandelions as a weed, but they are better for you than anything you have in your refrigerator. They are a super food and natural medicine. Yes the little yellow dandelion. The entire plant is edible, the roots, stem, flower and leaves. It has all the essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein. They are a great source of the antioxidants vitamin A and E, which help prevent free radical damage… B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, silicon, sodium, saponins, and phytoestrogens. Dandelions are very high in potassium. You can eat the flowers right there on the spot. The yellow flowers are one of the highest sources of lecithin, even more than soy. When young, the flowers have a sweet honey-like flavor. The unopened buds are even tastier than the flowers. The stems, buds and leaves are great in stir frys, steamed, sauteed, eaten raw in salads or in smoothies. Dandelions have been historically used as a blood cleanser, liver cleanser, for helping clean up skin conditions like acne, eczema and gout, helping dissolve kidney stones, help with bowel function, anemia, cholesterol, gastrointestinal health, reducing gas, indigestion, diabetes, helps manage insulin, stimulates bile secretion and the milky white sap can be placed on warts, moles and pimples to help dissolve them off. The stems can be used as drinking straws. It’s used as a diuretic without depleting potassium. The roots are good food source for probiotics, your beneficial gut bacteria. Roasted root is a coffee substitute.They are best to pick these when they are very close to the ground. Dandelion petals look nice sprinkled over rice. The Dandelion root is rich in minerals and trace minerals for bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament formation. Dandelion seeds have antibiotic properties. The older plants are bitter ttasting, which makes it great for the liver. To learn more about the free food and medicine growing all around you, be sure to get the Edible plant guide at www.EdiblePlantGuide.com as a beautiful paperback or even a phone app. There is magical power all around you, all you need to do is walk outside your door!
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