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.
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.
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?