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dandelion

A perennial herb containing inulin, bitter principles and sesquiterpenes; the roots are rich in vitamins A and C. Chinese and Western herbalists use two different species for different indications.
 
Chinese herbal medicine
The entire plant has been used as an antidote, an anti-inflammatory, to dissolve blood clots, reduce swelling and promote internal secretions; dandelions have also been used for breast disease and poor lactation, colitis, food poisoning, hepatitis and other liver diseases, gallstones, kidney stones, ocular pain and swelling, snakebites, tuberculosis and urinary burning.

Flower essence therapy
An essence which is believed to provide dynamic energy and promote inner peace.
 
Herbal medicine
In Western herbal medicine, dandelion root is a diuretic, laxative and tonic, and has been used for poor digestion, gallbladder disease, hepatitis and other liver diseases, congestive heart failure, hypertension, menstrual pain, premenstrual syndrome and arthritic pain.
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I sat down to glance through my Grit, and I was somewhat surprised to see a recipe for dandelion salad (Miss Bonnie's Dandelion Green Salad, http://bit.ly/1BbCYuo, in the January/February issue), and so surprised it was very different from my grandmother's.
Nettles, dandelion greens, ginger and burdock root are four herbs that can also be eaten; try them in a saute for a delicious meal!
Dandelion greens are edible when young early in the season before the plants flower, but mature leaves are very bitter.
At about 600 metres distance, she stopped at the edge of a trickle creek and she and the cub helped themselves to a salad of dandelion greens and new grass shoots.
Bitter greens such as endive, escarole, dandelion greens and radicchio also stimulate liver function.
Dandelion greens or dandelion root tea (Taraxacum officinale) is a liver tonic used to cleanse and decongest the liver.
Fresh greens, including watercress, dandelion greens and seaweed, plus low fat milk and yoghurt, fortified juice, cereals, and sardines with bones are rich in calcium.
1 pound fresh dandelion greens, cleaned and well-drained 1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced 4 slices bacon, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar Dash cayenne Salt and pepper to taste Place dried dandelion greens in large salad bowl.
Some vegetables are good sources of calcium: collard greens (1 cup, 289 mg), turnip greens (1 cup, 252 mg), dandelion greens (1 cup, 252 mg), mustard greens (1 cup, 193 mg), bokchoy/kale (1 cup, 147 mg), Brussels sprouts (1 cup, 144 mg),and broccoli (1 cup, 138 mg).
Jane spent a morning picking dandelion greens with Mabelle, our ninety-year-old cousin, then stewed the greens up with salt pork according to practice, as she made red flannel hash out of leftover boiled dinner, grinding up beets to make the redness according to practice.
My father used to tell me how, back in Montreal, his family would gather young dandelion greens for salad in spring, and roast and grind the roots as a coffee stretcher or (during the war) substitute.
Around their kitchen table at the end of a long day, we savored our friendship along with mouth-watering meals featuring milkweed tops, fiddleheads, dandelion greens, and wild-berry pies.