Those bright yellow weeds
blooming all over suburban lawns each spring may
soon be known as more than just a springtime
nuisance. A proposed clinical study will look at the
potential cancer-killing properties of dandelion
root extract in hopes of mirroring the promising
results already seen in lab studies.
Siyaram Pandey, professor of chemistry and
biochemistry, University of Windsor, and principal
research investigator on the project, is recruiting
30 cancer patients to take part in the study, which
will take place at the Windsor Regional Cancer
Centre. The clinical trial follows lab studies in
which dandelion tea, containing dandelion root
extract, showed promise in the fight against cancer.
Dandelion tea has been prized for
years by proponents of natural and alternative health
remedies for a number of reasons. It has been shown to
enhance detoxification, by stimulating urination and
replacing the potassium lost in the process. Even more
noteworthy, dandelion tea is widely known as a potent
disease-fighter, credited with boosting the body’s
immune system and helping the body to heal, while
combating heart disease, combating cancer and reducing
the effects of aging.
Before using any part of the
dandelion, please make sure to wash it off well, and
don’t be afraid of any bugs that might be on it. There
is no food that you buy from the store that hasn’t once
been touched by a bug or worm of some sort, so
getting squeamish over seeing them personally is just
silly. I spray all my produce with a vinegar/water
mixture, or I put some vinegar/water in a bowl and swish
them around for a couple minutes, then rinse it off
under cold running water.
Go out in your yard (just make
sure its pesticide free) and snip off the yellow
flowers. Now just like you were to brew tea, put the
flowers in a cup and let them steep for 20 minutes. Add
some sweetener (I use stevia, but you can use honey) and
enjoy a natural immunity boosting drink. You can strain
the flowers out, or eat them.
Dandelion Root Tea
To many people, a lawn covered
with dandelions looks like a bed of weeds. With a
different perspective, though, you will see that it is
actually a medicinal gold mine. Dandelions are versatile
plants whose roots and leaves have many health benefits.
While its greens can be eaten raw in salads or cooked,
many prefer to use this plant to make tea. Although its
slightly bitter taste can be a turn-off for some,
dandelion tea is beneficial in many different ways.
Dandelion Tea and the Liver
Dandelions can be a great help in
maintaining the health of the liver. A study conducted
by the Inje University Biohealth Products Research
Center in Korea found that dandelion tea was an
effective way to protect against liver damage. It can
help the liver produce bile, which helps to remove
toxins from the body.
Dandelion tea can also boost the
liver’s ability to make glycogen, a trait that makes it
particularly useful for diabetics. While dandelion tea
should never be used as an alternative to the treatment
plan recommended by your doctor, drinking it may help
stabilize blood sugar levels if they get too high.
Dandelion Tea and the Digestive System
Drinking dandelion tea can have a
positive effect on your body’s ability to remove waste.
It contains compounds that can help reduce constipation.
It is a common ingredient in colon cleanses, removing
toxins while providing the body with vitamins A, C, and
Dandelion tea has been shown to
have a stimulating effect on the kidneys, leading to an
increase in urine flow and output. Because it is such a
potent diuretic, the tea is recommended for people
suffering from kidney stones. The increased urine flow
may help to remove stones more quickly, before they
become large enough to cause pain.
Dandelion Tea and Weight Loss
Dandelion tea is often referenced
as a tool for weight loss. Much of this ability stems
from its diuretic properties. Because it stimulates
urine production, it helps keep the body from retaining
water and salt. This type of weight loss occurs on a
short term basis and does not necessarily lead to long
term results. However, if you switch to drinking
dandelion tea instead of soft drinks or sweetened coffee
beverages, you will be reducing your caloric intake.
Maintaining a calorie deficit will help lead to weight
loss. Dandelions also contain many essential vitamins
and minerals, nourishing the body while providing a
tasty and healthful drink.
Making Dandelion Tea
The ubiquity of the dandelion
makes it easy to make dandelion tea. There is no need to
shop for unusual or rare ingredients – simply head out
to the back yard and pull out a handful. Both the flower
and the root can be made into tea. To make dandelion
flower tea, pour 12 oz of boiling water over eight
flowers. Allow the mixture to steep for five minutes and
then sweeten to taste.
Dandelion roots can be roasted
and combined with other ingredients to make a delicious
tea. To roast the roots, dig up several dandelions and
rinse the roots under a hose or faucet until they are
clean. Rub them gently while washing if needed.
Chop the roots up into sections
about the size of your thumb. Allow the segments to soak
in cold water for a few minutes to get any remaining
dirt out. Once clean, chop them up roughly. If you have
a dehydrator, dehydrate them first and then roast for 10
minutes in a 300 degree oven. If you do not have a
dehydrator, you can roast them on a cookie sheet for two
to three hours in a 200 degree oven.
Once your roots are roasted, add
a tablespoon to half a teaspoon of minced garlic and one
cardamom seed. Pour 12 ounces of water over the mixture,
allow it to steep, and then sweeten and enjoy.
Many people find the taste of
dandelion tea to be offensively bitter. Honey can be
added to improve the taste, as can cinnamon and nutmeg.
However, keep in mind that it is a taste you can
acquire. Drink it on a regular basis and you will soon
come to love it. With so many amazing benefits,
dandelion tea is indeed a drink that is easy to love.
How to make the Miracle
Dandelion Skin Oil
Pick the dandelion blossoms
(yellow flowers) enough to fill a small jar to the top.
Then, fill the jar with virgin olive oil and let sit for
about 2 weeks. Then, open, strain, and squeeze the
flowers. The left over oil is what to use.