If You See These Flowers In Your Yard, Pick Them Immediately - Expert Explains Why
Michelle Shreeve 1/5/2017
Dandelions have made their mark not only in history, but in your backyard as well. Surely you have seen them pop up from time to time, and have often wondered if you should treat this flower like a weed, or welcome it with open arms into your garden.
Either way, there are actually many health benefits and uses for dandelions. While they may seem like a pretty addition to your yard, there is a good reason to start picking these flowers. Here are the reasons...
What a lot of people do not know, is that dandelions have been around for centuries, and have been involved in a lot of medicinal practices, from healing liver problems, to alleviating heartburn pain. Not to mention, they have assisted with patients having kidney disease, and appendicitis as well.
Did you know you can actually eat the whole dandelion, from root to flower? It contains vitamins A, B, C, and D. On top of that, dandelions contain potassium, zinc, and iron. They have beta-carotene in them, which is just as beneficial as carrots are for your eye health. The green parts of the dandelion contain 535% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K. The roots and leaves can also maintain healthier cholesterol levels.
Aside from great health benefits dandelions have to offer, there are other culinary, beauty, and even household uses you can get from them. Here are some to convince you to start picking these flowers:
Blossom Cake - By using dandelion blossom petals, you can create a delicious cake for no particular celebratory reason at all. Try this recipe, and your cake will be the talk of the neighborhood.
Cookies - With new year's resolutions, maybe one of yours is to eat healthier. Why not try healthy dandelion cookies? After all, dandelions have vitamins and minerals in them, so it can't hurt to swap these out with the regular chocolate chip ones you crave. Try this delicious recipe.
Fertilizer - If you are looking to give your garden a jumpstart into the new year, you can accomplish this by adding a dandelion fertilizer to it. Here is a simple way to make a dandelion fertilizer concoction to improve the health and vitality of your garden.
Herbal Vinegar - Adding a dandelion vinegar mixture to your salads, dressings, and even stews can create a unique, but healthy edge to all of your recipes. For a quick health boost, mix a little dandelion vinegar into your water to give it a tasty edge.
Jelly - Dandelion jelly is a great alternative when it comes to your toast, English muffins, and even peanut butter sandwiches. Try this yummy Martha Stewart recipe.
Kimchi - Gut health is important to have especially as we all get older. By fermenting the dandelion greens and adding a few spices, you will have just created a tasty and gut health promoting concoction.
Moisturizer - With the cold weather often comes dry feet, hands, and elbows, so it is especially important to moisturize during the wintertime. Try this soothing coconut and dandelion moisturizer recipe.
Muffins - The next time you go to bake homemade muffins, add dandelions in place of one of your other ingredients. The dandelion will add a nutritional kick, as well as a zesty new flavor that your family will want to devour.
Pain Relieving Oil - Dandelions are known for relieving joint pain and muscle aches. All you have to do is infuse the flowers together to make an oil paste. Then just rub the oil wherever you are aching to see quick pain relieving results.
Pumpkin Seed Pesto - Pesto is a great way to add some flavor to nearly anything, from pasta, to sandwiches, to even veggie or hummus dip. This great recipe will not only give you beneficial vitamins and nutrients, but the taste will have you wanting to make more.
Sautéed Greens - Since dandelions are jam packed with vitamins and minerals, it is highly beneficial that you add them to your regular meals. By sautéing them in a little garlic, they are a great addition to any home cooked meal you prepare. By boiling them for about 15-20 seconds, it can also help reduce the acidic flavor.
Sorbet - The next time your taste buds crave something sweet, try a healthy alternative to fattening ice cream or other high calorie desserts. Make your own dandelion sorbet by just using honey, lemon juice, sugar, and dandelion blossoms.
Syrup - When you go to make Sunday pancakes with the family this week, swap out your butter maple syrup with dandelion syrup. All you need to do is mix lemon, sugar, honey, and dandelions.
Tempura Blossoms - These can be served as a great side dish, especially when dipped in a savory batter. Here is a great tasting blossom recipe to satisfy your taste buds. Not to mention, it will make your cooking be the talk of the party.
Vegetarian Risotto - By simply cooking a few dandelion flowers, you can create a unique creamy risotto sauce. This delicious recipe will have your mouth watering to want to make some in no time.
Wart Remover - Did you know that dandelions can remove your warts naturally? Now you no longer have to buy the expensive and chemically involved wart remover products from the store. Apply the sap directly to your warts, and watch them diminish in just a matter of days.
Dandelions aren't just there to make your backyard look aesthetically pleasing. As you can see, they offer a wide array of beneficial uses for your body, your beauty, and the world around you.
Watch this video to learn more benefits of dandelions.
Now you can share all of these great uses of dandelions with your friends and family members. Why not start by baking the delicious blossom cake, and let their taste buds decide for them?