Dandelion Helps Digestion, but That Is Just the Start

Until recently I was only aware of dandelion only being used as a digestive aid. It is well known that it acts as a mild laxative that promotes digestion* and stimulates appetite. Dandelion also balances the natural and beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

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*It can increase the release of stomach acid and bile to aid digestion, especially of fats.

Even though considered a weed, dandelion root has a long history of therapeutic use. In fact, this extremely beneficial plant has the ability to treat allergies, lower cholesterol levels, stimulate the production of bile, and detoxify the liver. It also has diuretic properties and it is especially beneficial for pregnant and menopausal women.

The best time to harvest dandelion root is in the spring, especially in the beginning of April. Make sure you pick it from places which are less polluted, such as areas away from the town and the road.

The best part about dandelion is that all parts of it have medicinal properties. For instance, the leaves are abundant in vitamins and can be used in a salad, along with potatoes and eggs.

The stem relieves stomach issues, stimulates the gallbladder function, regulates the metabolism, and purifies the blood. Moreover, the stem can be used to treat diabetes while the milk from the stem can be used to remove warts.

Ultimately, people use dandelion flowers to prepare homemade dandelion syrup which purifies the blood, relieves a cough, and improves digestion.