Dandelion In Skin Care Products and as Food

Well, you probably recognize the herbal plant DANDELION from the picture, depending on where you live you may find it in your yard, pasture, meadows and on waste ground, it is known as a troublesome weed and is hard to get rid of. Dandelion scientific name is Taraxacum officinale (Common Names:  Blowball, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth, Priest’s Crown, Swine’s Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive)1.

Dandelion plant has many benefits to our healthLittle you know this wild week dandelion has many health benefits! Its history goes back to the tenth and eleventh centuries.1 Since then each part of this troublesome plant: dandelion flower, dandelion plant, dandelion leaves and dandelion root, has been used for health remedies, herbal supplements and cosmetic care.  There are many benefits from using dandelion leaves, flower or roots in different formats. Dandelion can be used both internally and externally.2 Dandelion contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12) as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. Herbalists use dandelion leaf and root as a diuretic. Dandelion can also be used in wine and as an ingredient for cooking.

If you are considering the use of dandelion as an herbal supplement, first consult with a primary health care for professional advice. Dandelion can cause side effects, or cause you to develop allergy so do seek professional advice before using. Read more about dandelion as food.8


Dandelion leaf can be used as salad or smoothieDandelion leaves (dandelion greens)
– extremely nutritious, contains very large amounts of vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and minerals. Dandelion leaf tea is a great way to flush excess water from the system. Dandelion leaf tea is also known to be used as Curing Hepatitis.3

Today, dandelion leaves are even used to make smoothie as more people are consuming more and more raw food.4 Young dandelion greens are tender and delicious served raw in salads or with sandwiches. For eating purposes, use sautéed or steamed version as you would any other greens vegetables. When eaten, it has a bitter taste, but it helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.

Dandelion flower is rich in vitaminsDandelion flower (dandelion yellow) – The flower and seeds of the dandelion flower is known to be rich in vitamins A, B, C and D (containing over 13,000 IU of vitamin A in 10g).6 The flower can be used for cooking or eaten raw in salads or as garnish.  The dandelion flowers can also cold press to make oil. Dandelion oil is warming and can be applied externally to relieve arthritis and other aches and pains.

Dandelion Root ground can be used as coffeeDandelion root – Dandelion root is a great remedy for the liver. It can be tinctured or eaten fresh in a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can help clear up acne and other skin disruptions with the root cause being a stagnant liver. Most herbalists agree that long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results. Dandelion root is also known to be used as a complementary medicine in the treatment of breast cancer.3 It can be roasted and ground and used as a substitute for coffee.5

The root can also be processed into a powder and used in cosmetics. It is known to help remove toxins, reduce inflammation, treat age spots and other skin blemishes, and to fight acne. The powder can be infused in water or oil and used in lotions, creams, and ointment formulas. Many beauty products especially organic skin care products for example Vitamin C Serum, uses an infusion of dandelion powder to enrich the beauty product with vital vitamins that are important maintain healthy skin.

Reference to more information on Dandelion:

  1. Dandelion (http://www.globalherbalsupplies.com/herb_information/dandelion.htm or http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/d/dandel08.html)
  2. Information about the herb Dandelion (http://www.globalherbalsupplies.com/herb_information/dandelion.htm or http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/)
  3. Uses of Dandelion Leaf Tea for Curing Hepatitis (http://www.livestrong.com/article/475147-uses-of-dandelion-leaf-tea-for-curing-hepatitis/)
  4. Read more about the 10 Reasons You Should Use Dandelion Greens In Your Green Smoothie. (http://www.incrediblesmoothies.com/green-smoothies/10-reasons-you-should-use-dandelion-greens-in-your-green-smoothie/)
  5. Dandelion coffee (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_coffee)
  6. Dandelion benefits (http://www.cloverleaffarmherbs.com/dandelion/)
  7. Dandelion Wine and Coffee and Salad (http://www.eattheweeds.com/dandelions-hear-them-roar/ )
  8. Dandelion as Food (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/eating-dandelions.html#ixzz3mevOb4pN Or http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/dandelion-as-food.html)

 

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