Dandelion; perhaps one of the most well-known weeds there is, don’t you think? Except here at Robinwood we don’t think of dandelion as a weed at all. It is a gorgeous blanket of yellow stars spreading over the meadow in April, wind dancing seeds flying though the air in May, succulent and nutritious bitter leaves for salad greens and tea, medicinal roots in the fall. I adore dandelions, and I revel in their appearance in the spring. The list of benefits is long and impressive. If you are still scoffing at the golden flowers growing all around you, I would encourage you to do some research into the many uses of this wonderful plant; full of iron, riboflavin, Vitamin E, fiber, beta carotene, calcium, copper, and manganese. Dandelion root, when harvested in the fall, is full of inulin, which is a prebiotic that feeds our intestinal flora. It supports the liver, and is helpful in cases of eczema, psoriasis, and arthritic conditions, as it aids in excretion.
Herbal actions (Root):
- Gentle laxative