Dandelion - The Fearless Doctor
Dandelion, you fearless lioness! Is there anything you can't do?
I ran across fields spotted with you when I was a girl knowing so little of your wild magic. I am humbled by your deliberateness and intelligence.
The Greeks called dandelion taraxos achos: "disorder remedy." I think of her as a fearless doctor, working bravely to get down to business.
Dandelion is a diuretic and digestive aid traditionally used to treat liver and gallbladder disorders - she stimulates flow of bile from both organs. She is a tonic for the stomach, pancreas and kidneys. She helps to stimulate the appetite, and aids digestion when taken before a meal (I love the tinctured root as an appetizer to a big feast). She also helps calm the digestive tract, absorb heavy metals and encourage the growth of healthy gut flora. Dandelion can help balance the blood sugar, reduce hypoglycemia and prevent adult onset diabetes.
Dandelion leaves contain omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, C & D, iron, calcium, phosphorus and is one of the best natural sources of potassium, which helps regulate the body's water and salt content. You can eat the leaves raw or cooked - a perfect spring clean dish.
Dandelion can support blood cleansing if taken regularly. She helps boost potassium levels which support heart health, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure. She also helps clear free radicals from the blood. Dandelion is supportive of those with cancer, AIDS-related illnesses, swollen lymphs and mononucleosis.She also promotes an anti-cancer environment by absorbing or dissolving diseased tissue, tumors or growths (including warts).
Dandelion is also a reproductive system tonic and can aid the stabilization of hormones, inhibit growth of the candida infection and heal breast tissue. Dandelion flowers make a beautiful massage oil that can help relieve old tension and emotion help in the muscles.
Writing this, I want to be spending time with sweet dandelion every day. I think she can teach me a thing or two about getting things done.