here doesn't have a childhood memory of this gorgeous
plant, so disrespectfully reffered to as a 'weed'?
The sunny burst of a lion's mane followed by the
magical fairy-chutes of the seed head clock.....
dandelion is a hidden gem of the herb world - it
is an excellent spring tonic, is packed full of
nutrients and vitamins, and is a particularly good
herb for the liver. The leaves and flowers can be
steamed like spinach, or eaten raw in a salad, or
even used in a herbal tea infusion. The leaves are
one of natures best diuretics - and whereas other
diuretics also lead to a high potassium loss, the
humble dandelion is rich in potassium! Being a diuretic
the dandelion is also good for bladder infections.
The flowers are high in lecithin, a nutrient useful
for various liver ailments.
root is more commonly used as a coffee substitue,
and medicinally has a history of use in treating
those childhood stories of bed-wetting from picking
a dandelion? Perhaps this stems from its diuretic
properties... or maybe it was a reference to the
white sap which oozes from the stem when broken.
Incidentally, the sap from the stem is used as a
folk remedy for curing warts.