Dandelion: Experience the Majesty of the Beautiful Herb

The dandelion is among the most beautiful, golden symbols nature has to offer.  Present on most every landscape, the dandelion shines like a gold coin from sleek emerald grasses.  And in fashion and art, the image of the dandelion is integrated often into nature-inspired images; and as symbols of purity and innocence.

Many times a child has picked a dandelion as a special gift of love for a parent or friend.  Or an adult might pick one of these soft yellow gems as a token for a lover.  What many may not know, however, is that dandelion is also a valued herb that has a multitude of uses and purposes, in the garden, the kitchen, and even the medicine cabinet.

What to look for:
The dandelion is known for its startling appearance, from its very dark root, shiny leaves and golden flower.  According to its Botanical.Com, birds and insects flock to the dandelion to drink its sweet nectar, and it also produces a milky juice.

Mother Nature loves it:
Most people prefer to grow dandelions as a crop, to assure the presence of large roots.  About four pounds of seed should be planted in drills, about 1 foot apart.  Crops should be hoed, and flower-heads should be picked off as soon as they appear to prevent the growth of weeds.

How to use it:
As mentioned earlier, dandelions produce succulent nectar.  They are also prime ingredients in the creation of wine, teas, beer, diet drinks, and other tasty libations.  Dandelions can be used to make soups and salads, and the dandelion sandwich is considered a delicacy noted for its sweet tastiness.

Dandelions are also used for medicinal and therapeutic purposes.  Dandelions form the substantive basis of medicinal tinctures, and can be used to fight urinary, kidney and liver disorders (indeed, dandelion-based broth has been known to cure liver congestion), as well as hepatic complaints.  Dandelions are diuretic, tonic, stimulating, and slightly aperient.  They are used as an active ingredient in many patent medicines, and can be administered in large doses.

Dandelion-based liquids have been used to treat atonic dyspepsia, habitual constipation, and stomach irritation, as well as dropsy, phthisis, and cutaneous diseases, as well as scurvy, scrofula, eczema and all eruptions on the surface of the body, biliousness and dizziness.   Gall stones, jaundice, warts and piles also are treated through dandelion-based concoctions.

Among the most beautiful symbols of nature’s goodness, dandelions are known for their graceful, delicate appearance and romantic symbolism.  Yet this fragrant golden herb is also useful as a tasty treat and a healing agent.  Whether enjoyed as a wine or sandwich, applied as a therapeutic tonic, or picked fresh from a fragrant meadow, the dandelion is a treasure to embrace.  Pick up—or simply pick—a dandelion today!

Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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