The following formula is a wonder mixture of mineral, vitamins, antioxidants, and properties that stimulate the cleansing of the liver, blood, lymphatic, and bowels. If you are using herbal tinctures use 10 drops of each herb listed 2 times per day for 3-6 weeks.
- 1 part Dandelion (Root and/or Leaves)
- 1 part Nettles
- 1 part Barberry
- 1 part Bilberry
Dandelions are found everywhere but do not pick for eating if they have been sprayed with herbicides! Their arrival in the spring should be considered a blessing.
Dandelion leaves are rich in minerals and vitamin like calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B, C, A, K, lutein, zeaxanthin and more.
All parts of the dandelion plant is usable. Young leaves are best for their bitter properties that stimulate bile production, improve digestion, and the sulfur-based compounds naturally support detoxification pathways. Use young leaves by finely chopping them up and adding them to your other salad greens.
Mature dandelion leaves have excellent diuretic properties. A gentle diuretic helps cleanse the kidneys and urinary tract. Pick them in early summer before the plant blooms. These leaves are great for making tinctures and when dried they make an excellent tea.
Dandelion roots contain the same vast array of vitamins and minerals that are contained in the leaves but are known to have stronger stimulating effects on the liver and gallbladder. The root also contains diuretic properties that are gentle and effective. Many people cook dandelion roots like any other root vegetable. I personally like to use it as a herbal tincture.
The flowers are also edible and they contain the same antioxidant flavonoids found in green tea. Add the flowers to you salad or stir-fry them with your vegetables.
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Sharlene Peterson, BS Biology, MH, HHP