The definition of a weed is: A valueless plant growing wild, especially one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop or any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted.
But, did you know. the humble dandelion beats out spinach in terms of protein, vitamins A, C, K, Omega 6, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium and more? I would consider this food, nourishment for the body. Did you know, the root can be used as a liver tonic or a blood purifier? I would consider this medicine. Food and medicine, valueless? No Way!
In the many years of gardening, I have never had dandelion plants prevent or injure the planted crop. All it ever does is grow among them. It takes nothing away. it is among the pollinators favorites and so it gives.
The whole plant can be used. The flower, for wine or sauteed in butter, the leaves used in salads and teas and the root used in a tincture for liver health. Why wouldn't you want it around, with all the benefits the dandelion has to offer?
Truly every part of a dandelion is medicinal. It’s widely respected as one of the premiere detox herbs, and decoction tea made of its roots is a great diet drink that helps you burn fat.
If you haven’t tried this yet, fresh dandelion leaves are an amazing addition to salads and pestos to give a little bit of bite to sweeter recipes.
They’re highly medicinal and extremely flavorful when prepared the right wa
Would you say the dandelion is a weed?
*** Few may be allergic to the milky latex of dandelion flowers and stems. If a rash develops upon use simply discontinue use.
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