Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) has an essential role in the elimination of toxins, tones tired liver, kidney and stimulates the activity of the intestines. The detoxifying effects of dandelion are quite exceptional in early spring, as at this time dandelion leaves contain a high concentration of bitter substances, enzymes and plant hormones that do wonders for a liver that is tired and full of toxins.
Harvest fresh dandelion leaves on the same day or no later than two days before they will be consumed. Leaves should be harvested only from plants that have not yet blossomed and contain the maximum amount of choline, an active ingredient that acts as a very strong liver tonic.
Consume 10 fresh dandelion leaves 2-3 times a day, 10 minutes before main meals for 14 days.
Dandelion leaves can be consumed in a salad: wash and finely chop a mixture of greens such as dill and parsley. Add a little cold pressed oil and half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes to marinate, then consume as is, possibly only a slice of bread.
The benefits of dandelion
- Strongly stimulates the regeneration of liver cells
- Helps remove toxins from the liver
- Stimulates the secretion of bile, and favors its release
- Stimulates the entire digestive tract, and is a great help for people with weak or slow digestion
- A dandelion cures conditions that usually worsen during the winter, such as biliary dyskinesia (lazy bile), dyspepsia, hepatitis of all kinds, jaundice, atonic constipation and indigestion. Also, the fresh leaves of dandelion are a valuable help in cases of biliary microlithiasis and cirrhosis.
For people with very sensitive stomach, or those who are underweight, dandelion treatment may be too strong, so it should be done with caution.