So, are dandelion leaves the new kale?
For over the past decade kale really has taken centre stage and been spotlight-hogging the wellness world.
But this summer there’s been a revival!
Dandelion leaves are back on the scene and have been changing the wellness game!
Although many people consider dandelion as one of the peskiest of weeds, its still classed as one of the most potent herbal remedies that no herbalist would ever be without!!
Dandelion is known in France as ‘pis-en-lit’ which literally means ‘wet the bed’!
So lets start with the skin..
The key to a glowing, clear, healthy complexion is healthy digestion and gentle detoxing.
This is where dandelion leaves come in.
Historically they have been used to cleanse the body. They support liver health and contain high levels of potassium which helps to flush out impurities via the kidneys. Dandelion leaves also contain chlorophyll which helps cleanse, alkalise and balance the body.
Their vast list of replenishing phytonutrients include..
- And vitamins A, B, C and D, which are extremely beneficial for clearing and beautifying the skin.
Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free radical damage to our cells and DNA, slowing down the ageing process in our cells. Winner!
Dandelion leaves are also beneficial for..
- Boosting immunity
- Purifying the blood
- Promoting normal blood sugar levels
- Reducing inflammation throughout the body
- A digestive aid
- Lowering cholesterol
Adding dandelion leaves to a meal or salad will help stimulate the digestive enzymes in your body so as your food passes through it is readily welcomed, digested and eliminated well. They can also stimulate a sluggish metabolism and aid in weight loss.
Dandelion root extract has also shown itself to be a possible cancer fighter. What caught my eye is that it has shown to halt the growth of melanoma cells. So as you can imagine with my history I’m all over this one!!
Dandelion is a well known duretic, so its great for treating kidney stones, water retention, and to remove uric acid from the body, thereby helping with gout and arthritic problems.
They taste slightly bitter so a lovely way to eat them is sautéed with garlic and oil. I also have been adding them to my smoothie, blending them with banana and blueberries to mask the taste!!
So take action now and get this ‘weedy wonder’ on your shopping list, or get foraging!!
Have a wonderful week
Alexandra ♥ ♥