Dandelion - not just for wishes! Lawn enthousiasts spend a lot of money and energy getting rid of dandelions, but it wasn't that long ago that home owners were planting dandelions on their lawns. It's no wonder. Dandelion is a fantastic herb.
The first herbs to pop up in spring tend to be bitter, perfectly timed to cleanse the body from winter's heavy diet and sedentary lifestyle. Dandelion, or Pissa-bed (ancient English), is a fantastic tonic. It supports the kidneys, encourages elimination, and relieves anxiety. Unlike pharmaceutical diuretics, it is very high in potassium and replaces this mineral as it flushes the urinary tract, hence avoiding dangerous electrolyte imbalances.
Dandelion is high in nutrients, and can be eaten in its entirety. The leaf is bitter, so young tender leaves are best for salads. The roots can be roasted and used as a coffee substitute. Even the yellow flower heads can be eaten. Try them battered and fried - yum!
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