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Herbal Tip of the week

Dandelion

 

Herbal Medicine is the use of plant-based medicine to assist the natural healing process within the body it is an effective system of medicine and  is safe when prescribed by a fully qualified Medical Herbalist. Our herb for the week is Dandelion, known scientifically as Taraxacum officinale. Known principally as a weed, Dandelion has an astonishing range of health benefits. 

This humble backyard herb provides (% of RDA/100g):

9% of dietary fibre

19% of vitamin B6 (pyidoxine)

20% of Riboflavin

58% of Vitamin C

338% of Vitamin A

649% of Vitamin K

39% of Iron and

19% of Calcium

 

The herb is also a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese and magnesium.

Almost all the parts of the plant, leaves, flower tops and root, are being used either for culinary purpose or as a curative remedy for certain medical conditions.

Dandelion leaf is used as a diuretic and to treat high blood pressure by reducing the volume of fluid in the body.  Dandelion root is one the most effective detoxifying herbs.  Working principally on the liver and gallbladder to help remove waste products, it also stimulates the kidneys to remove toxins in the urine.

Fresh greens and flower tops have been used in cooking.  Generally pre-washed greens are blanched in boiling water for a minute or so and cooled immediately by plunging into cold water.  Blanching reduces bitterness.

Here are some serving tips:

  • Young tender shoots, raw or blanched, used in salads and sandwiches either alone or in combination with other greens like lettuce, kale, cabbage, chives etc or fresh greens may also be used in soups, stews and juices.
  • Dried leaves as well as flower parts used to make tonic drinks and herbal dandelion teas.
  • Lightly roasted and grounded roots used to make wonderfully flavorful dandelion coffee.

 

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