It’s no secret that herbs like lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm are a staple in the homestead medicine cabinet. But did you know that dandelion, a plant we commonly think of as a weed, also has powerful medical properties? That’s right: this yellow-hued pest plant has medicinal value. Best of all, it grows in many areas and needs little (if any) care.
Not sure how to use dandelion for common ailments? Don’t worry! Here are a few ways you can use dandelion as a medicinal herb.
Just eat it
Taken orally, dandelion is packed with nutrients that support a healthy body. Unlike many herbs, you can eat every part of the dandelion. Its flowers, stems, leaves, and roots are all edible. In fact, chefs often use dandelion in high-end salads. If you’re looking to spice up home dinners, toss a few fresh dandelion leaves in the mix for a bite of flavor. Roast the roots to make a powder or dry the leaves to make tea.
Dandelion is a famous diuretic. Instead of reaching for a bottle of laxatives, make a soothing tea with dandelion leaves or eat crushed dandelion root. You can even buy pre-made crushed and roasted dandelion root, which many people drink as a coffee substitute (they swear it tastes just like the real thing!).
Whether your kids struggle with teen acne or you’re battling dreaded adult acne, it’s no fun. Dandelion has a high magnesium and zinc content that is said to support healthy skin from within. Use dandelion as a tea or topical poultice to help clear your skin.
If you need a leg up on milk production, women have been using dandelion for centuries to boost their milk supply. Enjoy it as a tea or eaten raw in a salad. Remember to consult with your doctor before using any herbal remedies while breastfeeding!
The bottom line
Rethink weeding dandelions from your homestead this year. This amazing plant has a host of benefits that keep you happy and well. Let’s chat in the comments! Have you ever used dandelion as a remedy?