Make a Wish and Blow-The Dandelion; Weed or Herb?

 

Make a Wish and Blow-The Dandelion; Weed or Herb?

Make a Wish and Blow-The Dandelion Weed or Herb?

 

I grew up thinking the Dandelion feathery stem was just a weed and if you blew off the white feathers, your wish would come true.

Make a Wish and Blow-The Dandelion Weed or Herb?

Yesterday, while doing my daily nature walk, I came upon a field of dandelions

 

 Later while researching, I surprisingly found this plant grows on all continents is seen as a herb and not just a pesky weed.

 

Make a Wish and Blow-The Dandelion Weed or Herb?Uses of the Plant:

 

·       The plants are used to make diuretics to remove excessive body fluid swelling.

 

·       The yellow flower called a “floret” is used to make herbs supposedly capable of relieving symptoms of gall bladder and liver problems.

 

·       The plants are used in salads, sandwiches, wines, and root beer. This one surprised me; Root Beer!

 

·       Dandelion leaves contain vitamins A, C, and K plus is a good source of Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Manganese.

 

·       Dandelions can cause an adverse effect to people allergic to bees.

 

·       The dandelion plant is considered a beneficial weed with a wide range of uses and is a good companion plant for gardening. Its taproot will bring up nutrients for shallower-rooting plants, and add minerals and nitrogen to soil. It is also known to attract pollinating insects and release ethylene gas which helps fruit to ripen. So the next time you see a dandelion pop up in your yard, think of its good uses as you are pulling it up to throw in the trash can.

 

*Personally I still see it as a pesky weed but like to blow on them and make a wish!

 

What do you think of Dandelions?

 

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Comment balloon 24 commentsKristin Hamilton CA Realtor • November 26 2012 03:16AM

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Good morning Kristin - You've reminded me of my grandmother who used to make dandelion wine out of the dandelions growing in her garden. She said it was 'medicinal.' Talk about making lemonade from lemons!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 5 years ago

Hi Wayne and Jean,

We have probably all tasted dandelions but it just doesn't seem to appealing; like eating a weed! Of course, they might be good and sounds like they are healthy for you too. Wine huh?

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Really? Always called it a weed, but then anything that is growing where you don't want it is considered a weed.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) over 5 years ago

Hi Than,

When I see them in my yard, I think "Oh there is one of those pesky weeds" but it is all in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Hi Kristin,  many plants we think that are weeds, actually they have medicine values. 

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) over 5 years ago

No Round-Up in our yard for the Dandelions! Well, you can't ever really get rid of them anyway, can you? What we think of as weeds are where most medicines came from, but I would like to try some of the Dandelion wine too :)

Posted by Lee & Carol Barbour, REALTORS, Mountain Living Team in Murphy NC and North GA (Murphy and Hayesville, NC; Hiawassee, Blairsville, Blue Ridge GA and Copperhill TN) over 5 years ago

Kristin, I guess it depends on whether they are in your lawn or someone else's. LOL, I knew that there were many uses for the dandelion. 

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 5 years ago

Hi Kwee,

I think you make a very good point about many things we see as weeds or just plants are used for many other uses. Just like the Hibiscus flower; it is used in all countries for numerous drinks, foods and medicines. All in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Hi Lee and Carol,

I do not use anything poisonous in my yard due to the critters, the birds and my 3 dogs. I think dandelion wine might be good an considering it is a natural diuretic and helpful for your liver and gall bladder, might be a good wine to keep in the cabinet. Thanks for stopping.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Hi Tony and Darcy,

I have seen the word "dandelion" in all kinds of bath products but never really thought they used them. Marketing can be so creative and is not what it always says it is either. I am going to look for some dandelion products now. I am on a mission.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Kristin-Probably always will think of as a weed. I remember blowing on them too when I was younger. The only thing I knew they did with dandelions was make wine. Never had any though. I am thinking it would be bitter and I am not a wine drinker.

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 5 years ago

Hi Sharon,

Where have I been? I have never heard of dandelion wine? I am going to have to find some and try it.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Hi Kristin,

I am not sure if weed or herb but I do remember playing with it when I was a little girl. I hope you had a nice holiday weekend. : )

Posted by Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR, Top Listing Broker (BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253) over 5 years ago

Hi Patty,

Yes we played with them too and I used to make a wish and blow. Luckily this field of dandelions was not in my yard as supposedly when the feathers fly off the bulb, it grows new weeds. I get a few but this field had hundreds. My holiday was great and I am looking forward the the pre-Christmas days ahead. Thanks for stopping.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Kristin,

I also grew up blowing dandelions and making a wish. I still like to photograph them too! At camp, they made dandelion salad but I didn't have the courage to eat it.

With the price of food going up and all the new produce in grocery stores, I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they will be a delicacy and probably something we can't afford to buy or not to buy - that will be the question!

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 5 years ago

Hi Patricia,

I think we still have the little kid in all of us and dandelions make us remember those days like a trigger point. I cannot force myself to try some odd foods like like snails, snake meat, ostrich burgers, and things like nasturtiums & dandelions. I wish I was open to new things but it is hard for me! I might dandelion wine if it is not bitter?

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Kristin,

I guess they have to get the root for root beer someplace. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 5 years ago

Hi Steve,

 I like root beer but it has an odd taste so I wonder if that has to do with the dandelion root. Have you ever tried raw dandelions or the wine made from it?

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Kristin,

Congratulations. This post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 5 years ago

Kristin,

I haven't tried it raw but that does sound like it would be good. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 5 years ago

Hi Steve,

Thanks for featuring my post in your group "Speechless Sundays". I just have a feeling it is bitter so not sure I would like them but maybe the flower.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

Great shots Kristen. We ate dandelion salad growing up with whip cream vinegar dressing. Awesome.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 5 years ago

Hi Steve,

That sounds good; so was it bitter or weedy or just like lettuce? I am looking for the dandelion wine.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realt) over 5 years ago

I thought of this flower as a childs first wish, besides a bithday candle.

Posted by christine LaBollita almost 2 years ago

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