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DANDELIONS REPRESENT 

STRENGTH * RESLIENCE * CHANGE

The dandelion seed makes a difficult journey and lands in an unpromising place, but in the end, it fulfills its dream of making flowers of its own.

Like dandelions, each of us can make the world a brighter place. The trick is to bloom right where we are, their theme of courage, patience, and perseverance. 

 

Legend has it that the people from Atlantis used the dandelion as a food and a tonic. The early colonists brought the dandelion to America from Europe. They used all parts of the plant, even the roots, which they roasted and ground for a coffee like drink. We know that frontier healers often recommended dandelion greens as a spring tonic.


Dandelions supply food to a number of different pollinators including honeybees, butterflies beetles, moths and bumblebees 

 

There is a growing need for people to recognize that our pollinators, and in particular our honeybees are coming under threat of extinction.  As we need our pollinators to pollinate many of our fruits and vegetables

There are places in the world that have to transplant bee colonies to and from farms so that they can pollinate the crops

 

Just think of all the bees and butterflies you can save by valuing the Dandelions as an essential food source for the environment.   

 

The humble little Dandelion has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamins A and C, with more beta carotene than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach, not to mention healthy doses of iron and copper for good measure. 


Medicinally, Dandelions are considered very safe and effective as a general tonic that helps strengthen the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and intestines, improving bile flow and reducing inflammation in cases of hepatitis and cirrhosis.

 

Their presence alone attracts and supports several key species in the local ecosystem, including bees, butterflies, moths, and birds, which in turn pollinate fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other flowers that feed even more species. Hummingbirds use dandelion down to line their tiny nests, and beneficial insects and lizards seek shelter under the low-growing leaves (which often rest on the ground in a dense rosette).


Dandelions are also used as herbal remedies. The white sap from the stem and the root is used as a topical remedy for warts. The whole plant is used as a diuretic and liver stimulant.

 

The antioxidants like vitamin C and luteolin, in dandelions, keep the liver functioning in optimal gear. These nutrients also protect it from toxins and help treat hemorrhaging in the liver.

 

The benefits of dandelion are many yet somehow, somewhere along the way, this humble plant that has fed and healed humanity for thousands of years became blight on our landscape.



DANDELIONS ARE AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF FOOD FOR WILDLIFE

When bees, butterflies, and other pollinators emerge in early spring, a tricky time with few other flowers blooming, they depend on dandelions as an early source of pollen and nectar. The flowers provide nectar for nearly 100 species of insects, while the seeds and leaves feed over 30 species of

birds, chipmunks, and other wildlife.

 

 

IMPROVES BONE HEALTH

 

All the digestive glands and organs respond to the herb’s stimulation. Even after the plant gets bitter, a strong infusion, is rich in vitamins and minerals, and helps people who are run down. Dandelion is rich in calcium and vitamin K, which is essential for the growth and strength of bones. It is also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and luteolin, which protect the bones from age-related disorders like osteoporosis and arthritis.


PREVENTS CANCER 


Dandelion extracts are high in antioxidants such as vitamin C and luteolin, which reduce free radicals in the body, thereby reducing the risk of cancer. Vitamin C also detoxifies the body, which inhibits the development of tumors.

 

WEIGHT LOSS 

Dandelions promote urination and help in losing water weight without causing any side effects. They are naturally sweet in taste and low in calories, which is why dandelions are generally used as sweeteners because they are not packed with unhealthy sugars.



SKIN CARE 

Dandelion juice is a good treatment for acne. Being a stimulant, diuretic, and detoxifier by nature, it can help regulate proper secretion of hormones, increase sweating, and widen the pores.

 

All of these factors help facilitate the removal of toxins through sweat and urine. Dandelion sap, if externally applied, can inhibit microbial infection and reduce the signs of acne. Also, it can speed up healing due to its vitamin C content, so acne scars and  will be less noticeable.

 

  

TREATS LIVER DISORDERS

 

Dandelions are also used as herbal remedies. The white sap from the stem and the root is used as a topical remedy for warts. The whole plant is used as a diuretic and liver stimulant.

The antioxidants like vitamin C and luteolin, in dandelions, keep the liver functioning in optimal gear. These nutrients also protect it from toxins and help treat hemorrhaging in the liver.

 

DANDELIONS ENCOURAGE BIODIVERSITY

 

Let them go to town on a patch of dandelions after a long and dreary winter. The greens provide plenty of nutrients for rich golden yolks, and happy chickens scratching (and pooping) in the dirt means healthy aerated soil.  The leaves are more nutritious then anything you can buy. They’re higher in beta-carotene then carrots. The iron and calcium content is phenomenal, greater then spinach.

The benefits of dandelion are many yet somehow, somewhere along the way, this humble plant that has fed and healed humanity for thousands of years became blight on our landscape.