Dandelion is a very common plant in nature. It can grow the lawn, in the meadow, on pastures. However, few people know that this plant has enormous healing power!
Structure of a dandelion
The way the dandelion is spread is interesting. The seeds, they have a flying apparatus and thanks to this they are able to move over long distances. When the seeds find the right place they germinate and produce characteristic green, lanceolate leaves with cut edges. The dandelion leaves are arranged in a rosette, from which a stem grows in the middle. It is hollow in the middle, measures up to 20 centimetres and ends in a single flower basket. It is eagerly visited by various insects, and that’s why it is called a honey plant. The honey from dandelion obtained by bees is considered to be one of the healthiest.
Dandelion - composition
- Vitamins C, D, A and B
- Potassium, magnesium, silicon, iron
- Triterpene compounds with anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and antiatherosclerotic effects
- Inulin - is a soluble fibre, lowers cholesterol levels, strengthens the immune system, maintains a normal intestinal microflora, lowers blood sugar levels
- Sesquiterpene lactones with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties
- Polyphenolic acids (chlorogenic, chicoric)
- Choline and asparagine – those compounds determine the proper functioning of the nervous system
Healing effects of a dandelion
Beneficial effect on the liver and bile ducts, improvement of digestive functions of the body
The herb shows cholepoietic and cholagogic properties. It is very effective in improving the digestive functions of the liver by increasing bile production and secretion.
Increased urine secretion lowers blood pressure, cleanse the kidneys, improves their function, eliminates toxins from the body and cleanses the system. The dandelion's diuretic properties are safe for the body because the plant in the leaves has a lot of potassium and increased urine secretion does not cause losses of this element.
Effective in the elimination of skin discolouration, acne, resistant to the removal of eczemas and boils
Sticky, milky juice from freshly ripped leaves, applied directly to the skin lesion, is used to deal with warts. Removal of eczemas and spots on the skin results from the effect of the infusion from roots and leaves cleansing and regulating the metabolism.
Beneficial effect on the health of diabetics and people who care for the proper weight
Inulin contained in dandelion juice is not digested in the human digestive system, acts as a natural probiotic (a substance supporting the development of beneficial bacterial strains) and has a low glycemic index.