Dandelions are one of the most nutrient-dense, medicinal foods on the planet. They make excellent cover crops, fertilizer, chicken feed and food for the bees.
Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she covered the earth with dandelions and countless other “weeds” we keep trying to eradicate in vain.
Backyard weeds, like dandelions, are some of the most nutrient-dense, medicinal foods on the planet.
They’re not only essential to human health, but to the health and survival of the birds and the bees, on which human survival ultimately depends.
Here are 15 reasons to stop warring against the plants that are trying to save us:
2. Fight diabetes. Dandelion tea and juice help people with diabetes by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and keeping blood sugar levels low.
3. Keep bones strong. Dandelions are loaded with bone strengthening nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K.
4. Nature’s perfect skincare. The milky white substance that you get on your fingers when you break a dandelion stem is actually great for your skin! It is highly alkaline and has germicidal and fungicidal properties.
You can use it to relieve itching or irritation from eczema, ringworm, psoriasis and other skin infections.
Here’s a recipe for dandelion-coconut-oil skin cream.
6. Better for your eyes than carrots. Loaded with Vitamin A and more beta carotene than carrots, dandelions help maintain good eyesight.
7. Ease digestion. Dandelion can stimulate the appetite and settle the stomach, while the root of the plant can act as a mild laxative, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
8. Cleanse the liver. The vitamins and nutrients present in dandelions help cleanse our livers, which filters and detoxifies our blood, breaks down fats and amino acids, and regulates cholesterol.
9. Prevent urinary tract infection. Dandelion tea can help prevent urinary tract infections, as well as bladder disorders, kidney problems
10. Wart removal. Apply the white sap that comes out of the stem directly to wart several times per day until it disappears.
11. Save the bees. As bee colonies collapse around the world, and as humans are utterly dependent on bees for our own survival, let’s try not to destroy one of their staple food sources.
12. Feed your chickens. Dandelions also make a nutrient-dense snack for chickens. They will help keep your flock healthy and give you more nutritious eggs.
13. Fantastic fertilizer. Here’s how to turn dandelions and other “weeds” into amazing liquid fertilizer to super-charge your vegetable or flower garden with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, boron, copper, manganese, sulfur, iron and silicon. Or just trim the tops of the plants and scatter them around your garden.
14. Cover crop. Dandelions make an excellent cover crop. While most people think they compete with other food crops for soil nutrients, they actually make more nutrients available in the soil, while their roots hold soil together and protect against erosion during harvest season. One study found planting dandelions among corn significantly increased corn yield.
15. Natural yellow dye. Save your skin and the environment from harsh chemical dyes, by making natural yellow dye from dandelions. Here’s how.
16. Crowns and necklaces. No childhood is complete without making dandelion crowns and necklaces!
There are a million delicious ways to add dandelions into your diet. Throw them into a smoothie, toss them into a salad, pound them into a pesto, or make them into a refreshing iced-lime-dandelion tea.