Dandelion is traditionally used as a syrup for coughs and sore throats. But this plant has many healing properties. It is recommended to control diabetes at the onset of diabetes and to cleanse the urinary tract and liver. And this is not all its advantages. How do you apply it?
- What does dandelion contain?
- What are the properties of dandelion?
- When do you use dandelion?
- In what form can dandelion be used?
- What are the contraindications to the use of dandelion?
dandelion (Tarxacum officinale) It is popularly called dandelion, but they are two completely different plants, although they belong to the same family as celery and bloom beautifully in yellow. Dandelion has a myriad of medicinal properties and is safe to use, although it is considered an herb due to how common it is. It was used in ancient times to treat diseases of the skin and liver. What are the healing properties of dandelion?
What does dandelion contain?
Both the above-ground part of the plant and the root have healing properties. The plant contains so-called bitter substances (bitter), most of which are found in dandelion infusions. It is also very rich in Antioxidants: flavonoids and polyphenols. Dandelion root is a great source of inulin which has energetic properties. It also includes, among other things, vitamin C, as well as minerals, especially potassium.
What are the properties of dandelion?
Dandelion is a plant that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, but there is also scientific evidence of its positive effects on health, although clinical research is still limited. Researchers say that dandelion has the following effects:
- Supporting and cleansing the liver
- Kidney cleansing
- improve skin condition
- Detoxing the body
- improve metabolism and facilitate defecation
- Supports the treatment of bacterial, viral and fungal infections
- Prebiotic (supports the growth of good bacteria in the gut)
- Regulating blood sugar levels
When do you use dandelion?
The most common indications for the use of dandelion are related to liver disorders, indigestion, lack of appetite and the so-called feeling of heaviness in the stomach. Dandelion preparations are recommended in:
- Diseases that reduce bile production
- after travel Hepatitis
- yellow stasis
- Prevention and initiation of the development of gallstone disease
- After biliary procedures
- Early development of diabetes
- Risk of developing vasculopathy in the context of diabetes
- rheumatic diseases
- Urinary tract infection
However, traditional dandelion in syrup form is mainly used for sore throats, coughs during bacterial and viral infections, pain, swelling, and skin diseases such as warts, warts and scars (fresh dandelion juice is effective here).
In what form can dandelion be used?
Fresh young dandelion leaves can be eaten, for example, by preparing them with salads or turning them into pesto. The flowers can also be eaten. Undeveloped shoots of the plant can be sprinkled with salt, and after setting them aside, they will have a plant-like flavor.
Dandelion can be made into infusions (tea) for drinking – just pour boiling water over it and let it steep for 15 minutes. On the other hand, the root of the plant is made a decoction – it is poured over it with water and then slowly boiled for 15-20 minutes, then filtered. You can also make juice from fresh dandelion leaves using a regular juicer.
What are the contraindications to the use of dandelion?
Although dandelion is considered a safe plant, it should not be used by people with:
- Stomach hyperacidity
- bile duct obstruction
- Bowel obstruction
- Allergy to family plants Austrasia.
Dandelion is also not recommended for pregnant women due to the lack of data on its effect on the safety of the fetus.
Source: Izielnik.pl / Panacea.pl / Wapteka.pl
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