“In a world full of roses, stand out like a dandelion in the middle of a green plush lawn.” June Stoyer
Listen to the podcast and/or read the text, my relationship with dandelions begins.
Today I am going to look at the humble dandelion, gardeners may think it is just an annoying weed but in the end one man’s weed may be another man’s salad.
If you google health benefits of dandelion a long list will come up, of course they say possible benefits as there have been few tests done, I think we should be doing a lot more research into plants as medicine so we don’t have to rely on the manmade kind as these tend to have undesirable side effects. If we listened to nature more she would help us more than we could ever imagine.
So to the possible benefits of this plant, it contains antioxidants these can help prevent or slow damage to the cells of the body, there is also some evidence to suggest that “Dandelion offers a compelling profile of bioactive components with potential anti-diabetic properties.” This quote is from (The Physiological Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) in Type 2 Diabetes) by Wirngo, Lambert and Jeppesen.
Like many plants I have looked at, the dandelion may help in reducing blood pressure and inflammation, there has also been a study done showing that it has antiviral properties (Anti-influenza virus effect of aqueous extracts from dandelion , this could be very useful in the future if man-made medicines cease to have an effect.
You will get vitmins A, C, E and K when you eat dandelions, as well as folate an small amounts of B vitamins, as far as minerals go, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
It is said that they helps to prevent cancer, which I believe is quite possible as vegetables in general have this property. You can gain many health benefits from this humble plant.
Of course there may be side effects as with everything, dandelions are considered LIKELY SAFE in the quantities you would normally expect to eat. Most people wouldn’t eat an enormous bowl of dandelion leaves. Obviously there is no guarantee you will not suffer side effects, we are all different , this is because we still need more research to be done in this area. So remember this podcast is just for information purposes please consult an expert before experimenting with plants or take total responsibility if something goes wrong, as I do.
So what about the symbolism, well of course it is a beautiful yellow, the colour of the third chakra. The third chakra is where your willpower is centred, it is also about pleasure and enjoyment and it will help you transform your plans into action. The dandelion is the colour of the sun, the sun provides light and gives us energy, most people feel better when its sunny. Personally I love the colour yellow, for me it is a happy, positive colour, I love it especially in combination with orange and red. However, not everyone likes yellow. If you don’t like a colour there may be a reason behind it worth investigating.
What does the dandelion stir in you, for me it stirs feelings of spring, of being a child and picking up dandelion puffed up with seeds and then blowing those seeds into the air and making a wish. I’m sure many people have this memory. This plant is very persistent which is good which means it is easy to grow. I have planted some in my garden in a place where my dog can’t wee on them. Yes I have to be quite inventive with my gardening with a dog around. So maybe we can learn persistency from the dandelion, it does tend to pop up everywhere even in the gap between 2 slabs of concrete, a lovely yellow flower growing in a place you wouldn’t expect a flower to grow.
Dandelions are also very good for the soil which is probably why nature made them so persistent so wherever they are they are working hard towards improving the quality of the soil.
Judging by my research you can eat all parts of this plant and even make coffee from the root, I haven’t tried the flower yet or the roots as, as I mentioned earlier, I’m waiting for some to grow in my garden away from my dog’s reach.
So now to the music of the dandelion, as I have said before the plants sound differently all the time, this was how the dandelion sang on the day I recorded one in my garden.