Say what? Dandelions have a purpose?
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Welcome back lovelies! Maybe you've noticed all the little pops of yellow scattered throughout your lush green yard. Did you know dandelions are in the same family as the sunflower? Did you also know they have a purpose in our health? The entire plant from root, to leaves to flower, is edible. It's high in vitamin A, C, K, E, folate, beta carotene, and small amounts of b- Vitamins.
One of the life changing things abut Mother Earth is she provides us with what we need at the time we need it. When dandelions bloom it is the perfect time to start a liver detox. You can gently detox with dandelion. Most folks go on a spring detox to help boost their health and give our sluggish organs a boost. How do you do this you may be asking? Here are some options for you. Adding these few tips along with a healthy balanced diet will help boost your health and vitality.
Sauteed dandelion greens
Make sure all the flowers you pick come from an area not treated with weed killer. Never harvest anything from a ditch. The county usually treats the ditches with chemicals to keep the weeds in check.
In a small skillet add a TBSP of butter and heat. Add rinsed and drained greens. Approx 4 cups. Season with salt, pepper and garlic. I just add to our liking here, no rhyme or reason. You can add a splash of unsweetened coconut milk and mozzarella or dairy free cheese and make them creamed greens. Think creamed spinach! Yum!
Dandelion Flower Tea
I harvest from my garden, I let the "weeds" do their thing until they have quit blooming then I clear out and start planting my summer garden. So pick away, again in a place that isn't treated with chemicals. Once you've picked all you want you can rinse and make tea right away or dry and jar for later use. I do both!
Approx 4 flowers = 1 8 oz cup of hot tea. If you're having a warm spring day chill it and serve over ice for a refreshing treat.
**You can also add washed and drained greens to your favorite salad.
These are just a couple of creative ways to incorporate dandelions into your diet. It's a great way to get a sluggish liver a boost. It's also fun to educate your kiddos on dandelions or add them to their salad. The looks on their faces are pretty priceless. Dandelion detox isn't for everyone and you should always do your research/ consult your physician before you start any detox program.
Much love and sunshine,