Dandelion is commonly thought to be one of the “bitter herbs” recommended in the Bible. Its young leaves have been gathered and eaten as a pot herb or as an addition to salads for centuries. Dandelion is rich in many nutrients, particularly in bio-available minerals. It enriches breast milk in nursing mothers, benefiting both mother and child.
The dandelion we are talking about really is that little yellow weed in your lawn. All its parts can be used: the leaves, flower, and roots. It can be used fresh in green drinks and salads. Dandelion is high in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
It is referenced in numerous historical texts as one of the best supporters for healthy liver function in nature. It was believed to improve the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
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Uses: Dandelion is a food just like lettuce and carrots. Thus, keep it in the kitchen with other food ingredients. It's mostly used for internal applications: teas, tinctures, capsules, food recipes, etc. Our two favorite uses are in teas and meals. It's leaves have a rather mild flavor so you hardly know it's there, although there are distinctly unique bitter undertones. Like many other bulk herbs, we add it to many dishes (salads, meat dishes, soups, stews, etc.) in small amounts for added nutrition and fiber.
Storage: The nutrients in Dandelion are very sensitive to air and light exposure. Due to the Beeyoutiful's Herbs and Bulk Foods being organic or wildcrafted, there is a slight chance that there could be some naturally occurring bugs. Beeyoutiful takes precautions on our end to minimize the chances, but we do suggest that you store them in a cold area - possibly the freezer - in an air tight container
Note: For Culinary uses, Dandelion is considered safe to use while pregnant or nursing, but we do suggest that you do check with your healthcare practitioner prior to using for medicinal use to insure it is appropriate for you in particular. If you are medications, you should check with your healthcare provider before being to use herbal supplements.