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They are getting so much more positive attention these days!
I dug these up from our yard, which isn’t sprayed- notice the roots, buds, flowers and leaves! There is a small window when they are in their prime as a seasonal vegetable. Now is that window to harvest them as food! Once they have completed blooming, they become a bit tougher and the bitterness increases. They are still medicinal anytime!
Their medicine is Yang Ming Tai Yin, which means they clear internal heat and regulate water metabolism.
Yang ming internal heat can manifest as dry mouth and thirst, acne, PMS/irritability, red eyes, dark or burning or incomplete urine and/or stool, and heat sensations.
Tai yin digestive symptoms can manifest as bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, urinary disruption, fatigue, brain fog.
Dandys clear heat and drain damp, preventing the body from overheating and drying out, and from storing, and accumulating damp, phlegm and pus.
With seasonal consumption they improve the flow of urine and bowel movements. This means they also are supporting the absorption and transformation function, by improving elimination. When we absorb, transform and eliminate well we feel good! I really noticed the healthy urine flow and bowel movements after eating dandelions.
Flowers clear heat from the face and eyes
Leaves clear heat and damp from the bladder and intestines
Roots benefit the stomach’s body fluids, digestive fluids to improve absorption.
Whole plant benefits the breasts, decreasing midcycle or PMS breast swelling, benefit prostate by improving urinary flow, increase normal cell growth by benefiting absorption and transformation, benefit the skin by reducing acne, boils pustules.
Here is my new favorite recipe:
DANDY SAUTEE, ROOTS et.al.
4-5 whole dandelion plants dug up from the root, from a place you know is clean. Wash well to get ALL the gritty dirt off.
Probably they are best harvested from January to May.
Slice the whole plant length-wise so you have long thin pieces, you can cut these into smaller pieces so they are easier to eat
6 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/4-1 whole jalepeno de-seeded and sliced longways into 1/4″ by 2″ pieces
1 Tbsp Fat—-olive oil, bacon fat, ghee, to sautee
Salt and pepper to taste
Put your fat in a pan with medium heat
Add garlic and jalepeno to sizzle to aromatic, a minute or two
Sautee until the garlic is golden, and the greens are well wilted and soft.
S&P to taste!
We had them with eggs, in ramen, with rice, use as your green veggie of choice until they are out of season!
Let me know how you like to prepare the dandiest Dandelion!
Mama Always Said: You Are What You Eat
Maybe mom and gramma really did know best when it came to nutrition. Their advice is not so far off from ancient Chinese wisdom. The first rung of treatment is healthy food. When health becomes imbalanced examine your diet, make sure you are getting all of your nourishment from your food, and eliminate the foods that are triggers, or are unhealthy. If that doesn’t work, the second rung of treatment is acupuncture and herbs, to make sure you are absorbing what you eat. As research has shown, what we eat can actually impact our health profoundly. Over the years, we have learned that our dietary choices can influence our risk of disease. continue reading