Dandelion is a perennial plant that has a very long root and leaves collected in a rosette. The plant also has golden yellow flowers, which, when ripe, turn into so-called "parachutes" with seeds. Dandelion has many health benefits.
Dandelion medicinal properties
The amazing properties of dandelion have been known since antiquity. Several decades ago, the Chinese concluded that a decoction made from the leaves of this plant gives a person strength and vigor, relieves fatigue. The Persian doctor Avicenna used dandelion juice to treat the bites of poisonous insects. It was also proved to them that with the help of the sap of the plant it is possible to cure an eyesore.
Currently, all parts of the medicinal dandelion are used in medicine. For example, the root of a plant dug up in late autumn contains a large amount of inulin. That is why it is used in the treatment of liver and gastrointestinal diseases. Also, the root is used to improve appetite. On its basis, drugs are made to help get rid of eczema, acne, boils. Dandelion leaves are rich in vitamin C, calcium and iron. The juice of the leaves is used to treat diseases of the bladder. With the help of dandelion stems, calluses, warts, age spots are removed.
From all of the above, we can conclude that dandelion has a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and wound healing effect.
Dandelion folk remedies
If you have gastrointestinal problems, take a dandelion root decoction three times a day. To cook it, pour 1 tablespoon of chopped roots with a glass of hot water, put on fire and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a minimum, after 10 minutes remove the container with the broth from the stove, let cool.
For eczema, you can lubricate the skin with an ointment made from medicinal dandelion. Grind the dried roots of the plant to a powdery state, and then mix with the same amount of honey.
Dandelion flowers will help with rheumatism. Grind them, mix with sugar (1: 1). Place the container with the contents in the refrigerator. After 10 days, strain the resulting liquid. Take it 1 tablespoon one hour before meals.
If you have dry skin, you can rub with dandelion lotion. Grind the stems of the plant, place in a glass container, fill with vodka (1: 1), cover and put in a dark place for 10 days. At the end of the time, strain the infusion, add bottled water (double the volume of the infusion).
With the resulting lotion, wipe your skin twice a day.
The juice extracted from the stems can be used to remove warts. To do this, treat the formation with juice 3-4 times a day.
You should know that dandelion has contraindications. For example, it cannot be used for medicinal purposes by people with gastric or intestinal ulcers.