Most people refer to this lovely plant as a weed. This is because when it is finished as a flower it produces a white ball of seeds that get blown around in the wind. When those seeds get blown around in your yard, you can end up having a sea of dandelions!
Its actually not just a weed! Dandelion is actually a pretty amazing plant! Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Its used a lot by herbalist for many things and lately it has become popular in the spring lettuce mixture! The leaves are great for salads as they give you another source of vitamins, minerals and a leafy green that is just plain good for your diet. If you dont spray your lawn with chemicals you can even grab the dandelions from your yard!
While you are eating the dandelions in your salad they work as a diuretic to get the excess fluid out of your body. You should always be sure that you are drinking enough water each day anyway for you body weight. Dandelion leaves also help stimulate your appetite and aid in digestion! What a great way to start a meal!
You can use the flowers to make dandelion wine, if you Google it you can find some great recipe’s, or even check out here! My husbands grandmother even battered and deep fried the dandelion flowers and he didn’t even know! She was a smart women though as dandelion leaves are great for antioxidants!
The great anatomy of this wine allows the leaves to funnel rain to the root!
Did you know that dandelion is more nutritious than spinach or broccoli?? This can be a great way to get your kids to eat more of the good stuff they need! I mean, what kid doesn’t like eating “strange stuff” 😉
In the garden and lawn dandelion is even good for multiple things. The roots bring up nutrients to the top of the soil adding minerals and nitrogen available then to a wide variety of plants. It is also important for bees for the nectar and poolen and other insects such as larvae who use it as food including butterflies! Dandelion also releases ethylene gas which helps ripen fruit naturally!
Medically it is used for liver ailments, a appetite stimulant, to treat infections and to help an upset stomach!
Annoying? Maybe. Amazing? Definitely! If more people knew about the benefits of dandelion we would be letting it grow in our yards for our own benefits and to help nature rather than trying to kill it. So pass the word on about this amazing wonderful “weed”!