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WHY DIY? AND THE BENEFITS OF DANDELIONS!

WHY DIY? AND THE BENEFITS OF DANDELIONS!
The busy pace of the world has rather unfortunately distanced us from nature.
 
What we eat.
What we put onto our bodies.
Our relationship with the fresh air we breathe in forests of the great outdoors...
 
Wooded areas are harder to find in the suburbs - trail enthusiasts drive for miles - or make the
forest getaway a planned holiday.
 
 
I've always found it worthwhile.
 
The quietness amongst the trees.
The beauty of the canopy.
Cedar scented humidity...
 
 
One of the consequences of this broken relationship is the lost understanding of all the lovely plant allies! 
 
The abundance that lies in our backyards, in footpaths and lawns that we work feverishly to eradicate. 
 
My hope is that this blog is one of many that improves our relationship with the land and its natural resources in easy and PRACTICAL ways.
 
Life is busy after all!
 
Today's adventure is with Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
 
 
Why?
 
The Dandelion root is a wonderful aid for our liver and kidneys - and  way to start the day!
 
Full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals - this plants leaves, roots and flowers support a healthy and thriving immune system.
 
Studies have found dandelion promising in its ability to:
 
1. Reduce the number and proliferation of cancer cells
 
2. Regulate high blood pressure
 
3. Lower cholesterol 
 
4. Neutralize free radicals
 
Take advantage of the abundance likely right in your yard! 
 
Trying to kick a coffee habit?
 
A dandelion brew would be a great start!

CAUTION
 
Ensure that the plants have not been in the presence of heavy metals, or chemicals before foraging, and choose plants that are not in the seeding stage.

If you are at all unsure, purchase from a reputable supplier.
 
Dandelions are so easy to prepare!
 
1. Rinse the roots well, cut finely and dry (dehydrator preferable).
2. Store dried dandelion roots in a cool dry area in a mason jar.
3. For a dandelion coffee, roast the roots on parchment for 10 minutes at 350°F.
4. Allow to cool completely before storing.
 
 
 

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