Detox Your Body with Dandelion

November 25, 2014
Dandelion is a great edible plant that has many benefits for your body

Dandelion is a medicinal plant that acts as a great cleanser to clean the toxins that accumulate in our body from poor diet, bad habits and sedentary lifestyle, etc. Find out how to detox your body with dandelion in today’s post.

In this article, we’ll explain all the properties of dandelion. It is especially beneficial for people who suffer from hypertension, gout, fluid retention, and skin problems. It’s also an edible plant that you can use as a substitute for coffee.

Dandelion, known as taraxacum officinale in Latin, grows naturally at the edges of many fields and gardens, and is characterized by its jagged leaves and its yellow flowers. Many people ignore this wild plant that has great properties to improve your health. That’s why we’re going to explain its uses and properties today.

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Some dandelions in a field.

Detox your body with dandelion

Among other components, dandelion has vitamins A, B, and C, folic acid, potassium, silicon, iron, and tannins. Here are its main properties:

  • It is cleansing. It cleans your body of toxins. This is why we especially recommend it for health problems that require the elimination of toxins. These include high cholesterol, gout, diabetes, kidney stones, among  others.
  • It is diuretic, because it helps you eliminate fluids and prevents the retention of them. It is especially great for cases of obesity from excess of fluids (when a person notices that they are bloated).
  • Hepatoprotective: It protects your liver and bladder by naturally stimulating their function, which is why it can be very beneficial for cases of hepatitis.
  • Improves kidney functioning, by facilitating urination and helping prevent cystitis and urethritis.
  • Improves the digestive process and stimulates your appetite. It is great for lack of appetite or anorexia.
  • It acts as a mild laxative.
  • Improves the state of your skin with problems like zits, acne, hives etc. and it also strengthens the healing of injuries.
  • It has calming properties for circulatory problems of your limbs thanks to its amount of tannins, which is why it’s useful in cases like varicose veins and hemorrhoids.
  • It keeps your hair and skin healthy thanks to its silicon content.
  • Its iron content turns it into an excellent remedy for preventing and treating anemia.
Close up of an dandelion.

How to consume it

The most common way of consuming dandelion is in an infusion by boiling the plant’s leaves and root. You can drink up to three cups a day. In order to carry out a good depurative cure, we recommend taking it for between one and three months. This should depend on the severity of the symptoms.

The extract, which you can buy directly in herbal stores and some dietary stores, has the same properties as an infusion but with a higher concentration. This is why it’s very useful if you want to do a deeper cleanse or to treat some health problems that we mentioned earlier.

You can also put the extract in a bottle of water to drink it all day and thus strengthen its diuretic properties.

Read more: Dandelion and why it is good for your liver

Many people don’t know that this wild plant is edible. If you have the chance to pick its tender leaves, you can add them to salads, omelets, or even make pesto sauce with them. One great option is to mix it with other plants like basic or arugula.

It’s important to mention that it has a slightly bitter taste.

A very good recipe to detox your body with dandelion is to pick the flower buds before they have begun to open and put them in vinegar. Then add them to salads and be surprised by its delicious flavor.

A dandelion plant.A coffee substitute and other things

  • The other name of this plant, chicory, reminds you that it can also be used as a coffee substitute. You should use the plant’s roots, roasted and ground. In contrast to coffee, it has no caffeine content or other stimulants.
  • To benefit from its properties, you can put the soft leaves on your skin. Mash them in a mortar and apply them directly as a wrapLeave on for a half hour.
  • Lastly, you can bathe parts of your body with the decoction of the plant. These are very useful for calming hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

We recommend that you always speak with a doctor or therapist before starting any treatment with medicinal plants because they can sometimes have secondary effects if you eat too much of them.

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