Dandelion is a yellow wildflower grown mostly anywhere. All parts of the flower can be ingested: from the leaves and root to the flower petals. Their health benefits include liver and kidney cleansing and mood-uplifting. However, anyone with an allergy to ragweed, chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, or daisy should avoid dandelion as well.
Once confirmed you’re not allergic to the plant, there are a couple of ways dandelion can be added into your diet to increase your health. For example, drinking tea made from dandelion root is a safe liver stimulant, meaning it helps detoxify the liver steadily and gently—unlike other detox methods where the cleanse is quicker and results are delivered much faster. In addition to improving liver function, ingesting dandelion root can help improve skin conditions and reduce constipation.
Tea made from dandelion flowers also has its benefits because dandelion contains taraxasterol, a compound with antioxidant properties that fight inflammation, helping regulate your white blood cells and keep them from triggering inflammation unnecessarily.
The leaves, on the other hand, are beneficial to the kidneys. Adding dandelion leaves to a salad adds a lovely bitter note to the taste while acting as a diuretic, meaning it increases urination to decrease the quantity of fluids in the body while cleaning the quality of the blood circulating through it. In other words dandelion tea helps lower blood pressure so keep that in mind if you have low blood pressure.
In case you have trouble finding dandelion leaves, roots, or prefer to add them to your nutrition in a simpler way, there are also dandelion drops. Half a dropper into your morning water or breakfast cup of juice daily provides the benefits you are looking to get out of dandelion as well.