Perhaps due to the availability of dandelion, which is found at every step, its beneficial properties are not appreciated. However, this unpretentious plant is a real treasure trove of nutrients. Many diseases are treated with dandelion juice.
Dandelion is one of the first to please the eye when spring warmth comes. A green meadow, dazzling with bright yellow color, looks incredibly cute. However, gardeners are puzzled by how to get rid of this annoying weed in their area, so much so that it does not have time to scatter its fluffy seeds in the wind. In these natural joys and concerns, people do not even think that they have a storehouse of health and longevity under their feet.
Dandelion's healing properties
Dandelion is a relative of asters and has about a thousand species, of which only 100 have medicinal properties. This is one of the few plant species that has inhabited all corners of the globe, making an exception only for the Arctic. The Latin name for a weed familiar to everyone that lives in Russia, Taraxacumofficinale. It is he who is that treasure, which must not be disposed of, but harvested during the period of its flowering.
The health benefits of dandelion are due to its chemical composition. In pharmacology, all parts of the plant are used: roots, leaves, stems with flowers. They contain a full set of B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamins A, E, C, K, PP. Of the trace elements in dandelion, most of all are potassium (397 mg), calcium (187 mg), sodium (76 mg), phosphorus (66 mg), magnesium (36 mg) In smaller doses, iron, manganese, copper, selenium and zinc are present.
The uniqueness of this unpretentious plant also lies in the high content of vegetable protein. Up to 15% of protein compounds are located in dandelion roots, there are also tannins, oil, sterols, saturated fatty acids and unsaturated, potassium and calcium salts, resins and mucous substances.
What diseases is dandelion used for?
In the old days, they did not know what biologically active substances dandelion abounds in, but through our own experience we found that tincture from it helps with hypothermia, increases appetite, and acts as an expectorant. A decoction of dandelion roots was used as a laxative, and the juice from the leaves relieved itching after an insect bite.
Modern research has significantly expanded this list. Dandelion is actively used as an antioxidant, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antihypertensive agent. It normalizes metabolic processes in the body, improves the functioning of the liver and gallbladder, activates digestion, helps in the process of hematopoiesis, relieves the body of toxins, and regulates the production of insulin.
Dandelion juice contributes to the saturation of the body with calcium, therefore it is used for rickets in children and to accelerate the healing of bones in fractures. With manifestations of herpes on the lips, it is enough to moisten the sore spot with juice. For radiation lesions of the skin, an oil extract is used, and for eczema, a decoction of dandelion roots.
The range of uses of dandelion medicinal is so wide that it is much easier to tell where it is not used. Colds and fever, gout and anemia, intoxication and oncological ailments - this plant is effective everywhere. Only with caution should one approach the use of dandelion for people suffering from stomach ulcers and gastritis.