Dandelions? You mean that weed that we wage wars on in synthetic green lawns throughout suburbia? You mean that prickly leaf that sprouts up through urban sidewalks? That humble yellow flower that makes us feel like Spring? That magickal plant that wishes were blown on?
Yes, that weed. Dandelions are such a part of our culture, yet how many of us grew up eating them? What we've been missing out on is incredible. Dandelions are, easily, the most nutritious, powerful green on our beloved planet. They help balance blood sugar with inulin, clear up liver issues, beautify the skin, help the body metabolize fats, and flush excess water weight from the body within a few hours of eating or drinking them.
In my person practice I have seen women who suffer from hormonal imbalances rebound almost over night from drinking dandelion root tea. I've seen a gentleman without a gallbladder drink 2 cups a day to cure his incessant loose bowels and violent digestive response to fats. I've seen a woman lose 15 pounds of excess water weight within 3 1/2 weeks of drinking a strong quart of dandelion for breakfast every day. I've also seen skin issues like eczema and acne dissolve over the course of several weeks when raw dandelion greens are added to the diet. You can also read two fantastic articles from the Leafy Lady here and from my love Aemen Bell here.
How should one use dandelions? Here are my recommendations:
Eat The Leaves!
Eat at least 10 raw dandelion leaves a day in salads, in smoothies, or between meals. I eat about half a bunch as a snack after dinner. Not only does it help digest my meal, it begins cleansing my blood and my liver before I sleep which then helps my liver cleanse itself better during the night at its normal cleansing time. Stick your tongue out after you eat them and you will see the darkest, most beautiful green color that you've ever seen. This is the magickal chlorophyll doing its work at cleansing your breath, flushing out fungus from the body, purifying the blood, and helping the body assimilate vitamin D from the Sun.
Steep The Roots!
Take 1 tablespoon of dried dandelion roots per 1 cup of hot water and steep overnight. Drink it first thing in the morning to flush fat and water from the body. Drinking dandelion root tea upon waking also helps optimize digestion throughout the day. I like to fast on 4 cups of this infusion for breakfast until noon during the Springtime to cleanse out anything stagnant from my Wintered body.
Make A Vinegar!
Pull out young dandelion plants - root and leaves - and add to a ball jar. Fill with apple cider vinegar and let it infuse into the vinegar for 3 days to several weeks. Use a tablespoon of the vinegar in warm water as a tonic, or dress your salads with it for a mineral-rich dressing.
I was going to close with an insightful poem, but I'm thinking this recent email from one of my clients is far more raw and poignant than anything I could come up with about the effectiveness of dandelion.
Luis!!!!!!!! I'm dancing around the house because not only am I shedding water weight and feeling lighter but MY PERIOD HAS RETURNED!!!!!!!!! Thank you sooooo much for helping me!!!!!! I was so stressed about the loss of my cycle and thought I was in perimenopause but you were TOTALLY right about me needing to detox my liver!!!!
Staying strong on my detox!!! See you April 7th!! A million thanks!!!!