In the west, we consider dandelions to be weeds, but in many societies, this beautiful flower is considered an important medicinal herb. It also tastes great!
The following list of benefits is only for the yellow flowers. The root and the leaves have even stronger properties and are more fully researched.
Possible Health Benefits:
1. Source of antioxidants.
2. Relieve pain from headaches, backaches, and menstrual cramps
3. Relieve stomach cramps.
4. Relieves depression.
5. A chemical compound known as helenin may be the cure for those with a problem of reduced vision in the dark.
6. Flowers also contain Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 which are also good the eyes.
7. In 1956, Chauvin demonstrated the antibacterial effects of dandelion pollen, which may validate the centuries old use of dandelion flowers in Korean folk medicine to prevent boils, skin infections, tuberculosis, and edema and promote blood circulation.
Interesting Facts and Trivia:
- Botanical name is taraxacum officinale
- Was brought to the United States originally from Europe and Asia, and was transported for its health benefits.
- In French they are called pissenlit – literally ‘bedpissers’, an homage to the plant’s diuretic properties.
- Other names of this plant are: Blow Ball Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Pissabed Priest’s-crown, Puff Ball, Pu Gong Ying, Pu-kung-ying, Swine Snout, Telltime, White Endive, Wild Endive
- The syrup is sweet, yet tangy, with strong herbal, honey-pollen, and citrus notes.
Make into an herbal tea by steeping several in hot water.
Homemade wine can also be made from the flowers I hear.
What Diana does with the flowers:
When there are dandelions around first thing in the spring it is time for a Spring Cleanse