Dandelion is a plant known for the strong diuretic effects it provides. However, this plant brings few other health benefits that have proven to be quite helpful for numerous men and women.
Dandelion supports the creation of bile in the body, detoxifies the liver, lowers cholesterol levels, helps people dealing with allergies and even doctors recommend it as a supplement to the diet of postmenopausal women and pregnant women.
Both the leaves and the root of dandelion are used medicinally. They are rich in minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, silica, sulfur and chlorophyll. The leaves are also rich in minerals and vitamins such as C, A, K, B1, B6, and E. Moreover, the root and leaves contain inulin and mucilage, which improves the function of the digestive system, absorb toxins from the food, cleanse the liver, etc.
Dandelion stems support the activity of the gallbladder, support metabolism and detoxify the stomach and blood. In the past, people used dandelion stems in cases of diabetes and the milk found in the stems is used for elimination of warts. Even though many people think that dandelion milk is toxic and harmful, they are wrong – this “milk” is very beneficial.
You can also use the flowers of dandelion to make syrup. This syrup detoxifies the blood and improves digestion. It also eases coughing. So, what are you waiting for? Go outside and pick some dandelions.
Here’s how to make dandelion syrup
Go outside and pick around 400 yellow dandelions. Put them in a large bowl and pour about 3 liters of cold water over them. In addition, cut 4 oranges and 4 lemons into slices and add them to the mixture. Leave the mixture for 24 hours.
After that, use cheesecloth to strain the mixture and pour the liquid into a large pot. Next, add two cups brown sugar and cook for about half an hour. Once the mixture boils and gets thick enough, remove from heat and transfer the syrup into sterilized jars.
This syrup is great for eliminating the symptoms and signs of coughs, colds, fever, and bronchitis. Take it with the help of a teaspoon. It is also good to know that this natural syrup is great for the children too.
Dandelion root against various types of cancer
These facts for the plant are well known for years. But recent studies have shown new exciting facts about dandelion root. Recent studies have revealed that dandelion root is cytotoxic for three kinds of human leukemia cells, killing up to 96 percent of the cells after just 48 hours! Researchers have also suggested that dandelion root can fight cancers like colon, prostate, liver, lung, and breast cancer.
Dandelion root is able to decelerate cancer’s growth, retard, and prevent the spreading process. It contains phytochemicals including Taraxasterol and beta-sitosterol – natural compounds with potent chemotherapeutic and chemoprotective effects.
According to studies, dandelion extract kills cancerous cells through a process called apoptosis (a process that forces cancerous cells to commit suicide).
Moreover, dandelion root contains a flavonoid called luteolin that has the ability to treat and prevent cancer. In fact, it helps destroy cancer cells as it attaches to them to stop them from multiplying.
Dandelion root also detoxifies the gallbladder, liver, lymph, and kidneys. In addition, many people rely on this root when they have different health issues like constipation or they want to reduce edema and acne. There is evidence that shows that dandelion root is helpful in cases of rheumatism, arthritis, gallstones, hepatitis etc.
Dandelion root provides positive effects in diseases experienced exclusively by women. This is especially true when it comes to treatment and prevention of diseases related to breasts like breast cancer, cysts, different tumors and issues with breast milk and breastfeeding.
In order to use dandelion, you must be sure that the root is completely dry. Prior to the drying process, the dandelion root must be peeled and cut into small pieces with equal size. Next, spread the pieces of this root on a clean surface in a dry, relatively dark place with great air circulation.
You should dry the root between 4 and 5 days. If the root feels brittle when you touch it, then it has become completely dry. You can keep the dry dandelion roots in a jar for one year and this natural remedy will still have its unique properties.
How to prepare dandelion tea
You should pour a quart of drinking water in a stainless steel pot and put to a boil. Next, put two tablespoons of the chopped root to the saucepan and cover and simmer over medium heat for one minute. Remove the pot from the heat and let the dandelion steep for 40 minutes.
After removing it from the heat, you can add chopped dandelion leaves to get additional health benefits. Drain the root (and leaves) and enjoy the tea! Drink one or two cups of dandelion root tea daily to detoxify your body organs and fight cancer.
Alternatively, you can take some dry dandelion root, chop it and mince it. Put this powder in a jar and leave it to sit for a few days. After that, you can consume 1/2 a teaspoon of this powder poured into one glass of purified water.