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Properties of Dandelion
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The Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)

The Dandelion is a little plant you often see outside during the springtime. Most people tend to pull them up as "weeds" when really these plants can be a huge help to your liver, and other areas of health as well.

The Dandelion has a lot of beta carotene, Vitamins A and D, and more potassium than broccoli, not to mention iron as well. A tonic of this plant is known to benefit the liver by help moving bile, clearing waste, and is overall a great detox plant to use. It also helps clear the skin. It has been used for centuries as a diuretic. Dandelion tea helps with indigestion, constipation, and other stomach issues. Yogi brand teas have a detox tea with Dandelion in it (I have yet to try it, but I will definitely pick up a box next time I'm at Target).

The leaves and the root are the main parts of the Dandelion to use in various dishes. You can use the leaves in salads, or other dishes with greens. You can use the root in sautees.

Now remember, when searching for Dandelions to collect, try to find soil that hasn't been contaminated by various pesticides and sprays, they can harm you. Also be sure to wash your dandelions before ever cooking or ingesting them. Don't forget to check with your physician to see if you are able to use dandelion without any side effects or reactions. Better to be safe than sorry.

SOURCES:

http://www.gardensablaze.com/HerbDandelionMed.htm

http://www.leaflady.org/health_benefits_of_dandelions.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/123396-medical-uses-dandelion-root/

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Re: Properties of Dandelion
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This was a lovely post, I actually have stomach aches quite often so I may look up ways to make dandelion tea. Thank you, this was very helpful! (:
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Re: Properties of Dandelion
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I'll have to do a detox, and this great help. I didn't realize that this pretty little flower was in a tea. I mostly drink berry tea. Hey, quick question... I read on the Net that Fenugreek can be used to help remove the mercury that is vaccines from your body. Is there any validity to this? I know it aids with thinking.

But is there any other tips that one can use to Safely do a detox?
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Re: Properties of Dandelion
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-I'm not to sure as to what the fenugreek does. I'm not too sure about the removing toxins part, I'll have to check that out.

-To safely do a detox, if at home, make sure your find the plants hopefully untouched by pesticides and animal waste. Be sure to was them thoroughly. Also check with your physician before using herbs to detox, some medicines can react with them. A dandelion tea would be great to use, actually. You could also make a tonic (many techniques online).

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