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Dandelion Leaves and Tea Health Benefits

 

By Meg Price3613438960_bf944c7cef

“I was a dandelion ..Some saw the beauty in me and stooped quietly to admire my innocence. Others saw the potential of what I could do for them, so they uprooted me, seeking to shape me around their needs.  Yet still others saw me as something that was unworthy and needed to be erased.”
Nicole Bailey-Williams

What comes to mind when one thinks of a dandelion, are those annoying yellow flowered weeds that pop up on their green lawns: but I view them very differently.

In the summer months I am the nut scouring my lawn weekly for those yellow flowers, when I see them I grab my scissors and cut the leaves off for additions to my salads. They are also wonderfully delicious to add to a stir fry of either spinach, Kale, turnip greens or beet Greens. ( please read my archived post on Dandelion Greens and their nutritional benefits) The flowers are rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus, while boasting  many other complex vitamins, trace minerals, organic sodium, and vitamin D. Did you know that Dandelion contains protein too, more than spinach?

But another fascinating part of this plant is the root to be used in a tea which is high in Beta Carotene that’s converted into Vitamin A by the body.

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