People have used dandelions for food, as an herb, and as medicine for much of recorded history. The Chinese used dandelions in traditional medicine for over a thousand years. They were well-known to ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans as well. The plant itself was used as food and for medicine by Native Americans. Unfortunately, the dandelion is considered a weed, and many people go to great lengths to get rid of it.
Dandelion flowers have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, so when made into a salve, it is suitable for all kinds of aches and pains.
It is perfect for sore and tired muscles and joints. It's also soothing and moisturizing for dry, cracked, and itchy skin. Dandelions can aid digestion and benefit the kidneys, gallbladder, and liver. It stimulates bile production, helping with the digestion of fats and toxins removal and so much more.
Dandelions pack a whole lot of vitamins and minerals into a small plant.
Geib says that dandelions contain several types of antioxidants throughout the roots, leaves, and flowers. (Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, 2021)
An excellent source of multiple vitamins and minerals including:
Vitamins A, C, D, K, and B complex
One way to stay healthy is by eating foods that fight inflammation. Add dandelion to your anti-inflammatory diet: Lab studies have found that compounds in these plants can dial down inflammation. (Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials, 2021)
Did you know that Bjørn Naturals makes salves from dandelions harvested in their backyard?
Dandelion salve: Alleviates achy muscles and arthritic joints and soothes rough, dry, cracked, and itchy skin, burns, and stings. Contains analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ingredients: Dandelion infused oil, tamanu oil, beeswax pastilles.
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Geib, N., RD, LDN (2021, July 21). Can You Eat Dandelions? Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials. Retrieved March 4, 2023, from https://health.clevelandclinic.org/dandelion-health-benefits/