The home I lived in from age 10-21 was in the county. We had a front yard that was filled with wonders. Unlike most neighbors with children, our yard did not look like a beaten path. The grass was rich, green and filled with life. I found twenty, four leaf clovers there during my teen years.
There were lilies, which we did not plant, but would appear each spring just before Easter. It did not matter whether Easter came in March or April, the flowers seemed to know. The The front yard also had an abundance of dandelion. The bright yellow flowers were a beautiful contrast against the green grass.
I recall picking dandelion several times, for my great grandmother, so that she could make wine, for neighbors, a well as herself. I loved when the dandelion “went to seed.” This is when the bright yellow petals, became white and fluffy.
When you blew upon a dandelion that had gone to seed, the white petals would float through the air. My brothers and I often tried to catch them. According to research from Michigan State University, Dandelion goes to seed about 10-14 days after blooming.
Dandelion also is known for offering healthy benefits. The leaves, flower and roots of the dandelion are all edible. Studies done on animals show that dandelions will lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and boost the immune system. It has also been suggested that Dandelion can also slow the growth of cancer.
Dandelion has been utilized in tea, and as a coffee substitute. It is supposed to be beneficial for loss of appetite, galls stones, and upset stomach. Other claims regarding this herb, are that it cleanses toxins from the liver, reduces inflammation, relieves constipation, and lowers blood pressure.
Dandelion is not recommended for pregnant women. If you are on prescription medication, or have been diagnosed with an illness, please check with your health care provider before using Dandelion as a natural cure. Always remember that not every herbal remedy will work for everyone.
Unfortunately, there has not been enough research on the subject to validate the claims about the healing power of this herb with certainty. If however you try Dandelion and find it works, you no doubt, will think that Dandelion is just dandy indeed.