Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dandelions - friend or foe?

Common dandelion (taraxacum officinale, also known under the name dent de Lion, Crown of the priest and pork snout) is a little difficult plant that reproduces with the slightest gust of wind. It is perhaps good to perpetuate the species, but it also means that dandelion can resume of your garden... and yard of your neighbor... and perhaps the world... in a few seasons.

History and Description

The Celts and Romans cultivated dandelions by design, making it the cornerstone of their gardens. Arabian herbalists first written on dandelion in 900 that this and the Welsh it widely used in the 1200s. In India, the plant has been used for centuries for the liver complaints. There are over 600 species of dandelion the world over, but North of Minnesota, we generally see the common dandelion, and we have to grow on purpose.

Happy yellow dandelion flowers are very sensitive to the Sun, opening early in the morning and stop when it is dark and at night. Leaves deeply cut channel rainwater to the root, and if a plant is allowed to grow it can send flower stems 12 inches or more in height and reach a circumference of 18 inches, depending on the amount of rain fell.

Mrs. Grieve, a herbalist more detailed to put pen to paper, observed that dandelion are not less of 93 different kinds of insects used to attend it. She must have had some time on his hands to observe this detail, but it is true that these plants attract bees and butterlies in addition to many other flying insects because of their high content of pollen.

Medicinal uses

Practically, grandmother of all the world knows of herbal lore that dandelion should be consumed each spring as a tonic. Their bitter taste certainly seems cleaner, all right!

Liver and gallbladder especially benefit from the medicinal value of dandelions, and this was their main use through the centuries. There are rumours that people suffering from gout and eczema can benefit, too. Breastfeeding women can more easily find assistance of dandelion tea left milk fall and relieves swelling.

As if its other herbs properties was not sufficient to praise, dandelion juice was rumored to remove warts, too. Choose a flower, break open the stem and rubbing the milk on the wart. It takes several weeks of consistent use to away warts, but try it for those really TĂȘtu, that you can not delete another way.

Precautions: people who are allergic to grass to lice, chrysanthemum, calendula, Chamomile, yarrow, yarrow, daisies or iodine may experience skin of the side effects of dandelion as itchy, red, or even sores mouth if used too. Some people experience heartburn and stomach gastric acid increased after consuming the dandelion; If you take antacids, there may be an interaction. Persons who have been diagnosed with gallstones or gallbladder problems should seek advice from their health care provider. Pregnant women should probably not eat or drink something that either in all, while only pregnant, but no there were no side effects reported in the pregnant women, other than those who are allergic to flowers in the first place.

Now that you know how a good dandelions are for people, you can still declare war on those that grow in your garden, but don't forget that they are one of the first flowers open in the spring and it is not that nice? Of dried plants containing dandelion supplements are readily available, and it is often included in the teas, so order supplements and keep your garden weed-free.

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