Dandelion is most often thought of as a pesky weed that likes to take over our lawns and gardens. They overwhelm meadows, soccer fields, and are the bane of golf courses. They even pop up in cracked sidewalks and pavement. Dandelion is invasive and pervasive. Lucky for us, it’s also an excellent food and herbal medicine that anyone can find, grow, and put to use.
While our ancestors knew that dandelion syrup contains many medicinal substances, today we know that dandelion root may help cancer patients.
The ability to combat cancer is not a claim made lightly, but dandelion seems to show promise in study after study after study. Dandelion may slow cancer’s growth and prevent it from spreading. The leaves are especially rich in the antioxidants and phytonutrients that combat cancer.
It also has diuretic properties, stimulates the secretion of bile, cleanses the liver, helps with allergies and reduces cholesterol. It contains very important vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid and magnesium.
The University of Windsor in Canada conducted a research at the department of chemistry and biochemistry, and the results brought new hope for patients with cancer.
It was discovered that dandelion root effectively kills cancer cells without any negative effect on other cells in the body.
According to the research, dandelion affects cancer cells by disintegrating them in 48 hours, without harming any healthy cells.
It was concluded that continuous treatment with dandelion root can destroy most cancer cells and because of the unexpected results, the research team has received additional support to continue the exploration of this remarkable plant.
John Di Carlo, a 72 years old cancer patient, is personally convinced in the healing properties of dandelion, because he was previously unsuccessfully treated for 3 years.
As an alternative he drank tea made from dandelion root, and after only four months, this man experienced complete regression of the disease.
Dandelion Flower Tea Recipe
8 Dandelion flowers
12 oz. Boiling water
Honey or sugar to taste
Instructions for brewing Dandelion Tea
Pour boiling water over flowers and let steep for five minutes. Add honey or sugar.
Dandelion Root Tea Recipe
1 tbsp. *roasted dandelion root
1/2 tsp. *minced, fresh ginger
1 cardamom seed
12 oz. Water
Honey or sugar to taste
Combine all ingredients except honey and bring to a boil. Continue boiling for five to ten minutes. Strain, add honey, and serve.
Roasting Dandelion Root
Dig up the dandelion roots. This can be challenging because they have a stubborn taproot. When they’re out of the ground, rinse them outside with the hose until the water runs clear. This will probably require some rubbing, particularly if you have clay soil.
Chop roots into thumb size sections and soak them in a sink full of cold water, shaking occasionally. The roots will release any remaining dirt.
Remove roots to a cutting board and rough chop them.
Once the roots have been harvested, cleaned, and chopped, roast them on a cookie sheet in a 150 to 200 degree F oven for two to three hours. You can also dry them in a dehydrator then roast them at 300 degrees F for 10 minutes.
The most productive way to do this is to make a large batch and then use it throughout the season.
Dandelion root is surprisingly tasty. To spice up the tea, add cinnamon bark and a little grated nutmeg.