Dandelion Fun! Student Article

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion is all over most yards in the spring and summer. I did not realize the benefit of this herb until this study.

First, I did not know that it contained one of the best natural sources of  potassium and that is was a laxative and had anti-rheumatic properties.

The use of this herb stimulates kidney function. It is used in cases of water retention due to heart problems. It may be used in inflammation and congestion of the live and gall bladder. Used in a wider treatment for muscular rheumatism.

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This herb is a most valuable general tonic and perhaps the best widely applicable diuretic and liver tonic. It can be used with Barberry and Balmony for liver and gall bladder problems.

For water retention it may be used with couchgrass and yarrow. Also the leaves may be added to salads. It reduces swelling and relieve muscle aches and pains. Very beneficial for the kidneys and urinary tract. It induces the flow of bile and cleans the hepatic system.It is considered one of the safest and most effective diuretics.

It tones the kidney as and aids in proper water elimination which maintaining appropriate potassium levels.

The leaves are high in minerals and vitamins, Vitamin A and C. The flowers can make a delicious wine.

You can steam the leaves or marinate in oil and vinegar.

Here is one way to enjoy the wonderful Herb.

Recipe Dandelion Cookies

1 stick of butter

1/2 cup of honey

2 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour

1 cup regular oats

1/2 cup freshly picked dandelion flowers

Preheat oven to 375. melt butter on low heat. set aside to cool slightly. Remove all the green steams and bracts from the dandelion flowers; set aside.

Mix together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside.

Mix the dandelion flowers into the honey and butter mixture.

Add the eggs and vanilla and stir well.

Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir well.

Place by the tablespoon full onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.

Sources:

The new Holistic Herbal by David Hoffmann

Rosemary Gladstars Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health

Herbal Healing for Children by Demetria Clark

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