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Did you know that weeds may be good for you? Found this little bit of information on the net. Often weeds come up in our flower beds, some of us tend to get annoyed while others will marvel at the sheer beauty. Two simple plants side by side change from the ordinary to the extraordinary when touched by they rays of morning sunlight light from nature. I would not have seen this had I not been on all fours in the garden, the sunlight shining through the dandelion and poppy flower to me this was an amazing sight.
While many people think of the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb with many culinary and medicinal uses. Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Its leaves are often used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots can be found in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make certain wines. In traditional medicine, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also used dandelion decoctions (liquid made by boiling down the herb in water) to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and stomach upset. Chinese medicinal practitioners traditionally used dandelion to treat digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow). In Europe, herbalists incorporated it into remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea. Today, dandelion roots are mainly used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine.
Spring Blooms Nov 2010 Southland New Zealand
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