First of all, just looking at a dandelion flower is a big pick-me-up. It has such a bright, cheerful bloom. It looks like the sun shining.
Dandelion flower has long been used to make dandelion wine. You can also dip the flowers in batter and fry them. Fresh dandelion flowers add a tasty splash of color to salads. Dandelion flowers are nice picked in the morning and eaten raw to relieve a headache.
I have personally went outside in the morning after the flowers have opened up, picked a half dozen or so blooms and eaten them to relieve headaches and low energy. Within 15 to 20 minutes, the headache is gone, and I feel better. Every time I tried this, it worked. I can’t say it’s a headache cure, but it’s worth trying to see if it works for you. Be sure to pick the flowers early in the day, rather than evening when the blossoms have closed, due to the bitterness of the closed buds.
Dandelion greens make a very nutritious addition to salads. They add loads of potassium and vitamins to your meals and beverages. Dandelion greens improve digestion. They have a bitter taste if you eat them raw, but the bitterness itself stimulates the digestive juices. This causes the body to digest food more efficiently.
Dandelion leaves help strengthen the urinary tract, and are especially beneficial for flushing toxins out of the body. If you eat dandelion greens, expect to urinate frequently and have regular bowel movements. Dandelion greens do not deplete potassium levels in the body during detox because they are so naturally high in potassium. This makes dandelions a good choice when looking for a natural detox method. Besides, it’s free and easy to find and utilize!
Dandelion roots can be roasted and ground into a caffeine-free coffee substitute. The roasted dandelion root can be paired with roasted chickory root for this, to have added benefit. Dandelion root is also a good detoxifier that benefits the skin, and is good for combating acne. Dandelion root is a deep cleanser that improves liver function. This explains why it benefits the skin, as things that improve liver function also improves the skin, as a general rule-of-thumb. So, if you want some free skin improvement, try dandelion root!
Dandelion stems have a milky-white fluid in them, and when you pick a flower head, you will see some of it come out. It will usually be a drop or two only, but this white juice can be put on warts or acne bumps. I haven’t personally tested it on warts, but if I get any, I will update this post as to the results.
It’s my belief that the whole dandelion, whether it be the flowers, the stems, the leaves or the roots, should be eaten on a daily basis. The whole dandelion plant should just be incorporated into the diet. Eating whole dandelion would help most people with many common ailments of today.
Some suggestions to eat whole dandelion on a daily basis are:
Go outside and pick a handful of dandelion blossoms and leaves and eat them as a pick-me-up in the morning.
Add some ground, roasted dandelion root to your morning brew, whether it be coffee or tea.
Eat the greens with breakfast, lunch, and\or dinner.
I’ve incorporated dandelions into my diet, and I’ve invented a few recipes using them.
Take a flat-bread of your choice. I often use a whole wheat tortilla. Take a handful of dandelion greens and lay directly on the flat-bread. You can also add some spinach leaves.
Then scramble some eggs and put on top of the greens.
Get the salsa of your choice (I like hot salsa) and put on top of the eggs.
Garnish with a few tablespoons of cilantro.
This makes a nutritious and delicious breakfast. If you’re not fond of an ingredient listed, be creative and come up with a substitute that you do like!
Lunch or Dinner Wrap
Take a flat-bread of your choice.
Put a handful of dandelion leaves directly on the bread.
Grill or roast a meat of your choice–steak, chicken, pork, smoked sausage, goat, turkey, venison, you name it, and then put it on the greens. Make sure the meat is good and hot.
Then grate the cheese of your choice on top of the hot meat so the cheese will melt slightly.
Put the salsa of your choice on top of all.
Garnish with cilantro.
I take a 5 quart pot and pretty much fill it up with leaves. Then I take the leaves and dump them into a colander to rinse the leaves. I rinse the pot out and fill it up with water and heat it on High till it’s boiling good. Then I drop the rinsed leaves in the boiling water and leave them till they have lost their bright-green appearance. They will look like canned turnip greens when they have cooked long enough. At this time, just turn of the heat and let the pot cool for a little while. When it’s cooled down some, you can take a ladle and fill your mug. If you want to, you can eat the cooked greens. Add them to some other type of cooked greens if they’ve lost too much of their flavor. You will still get the benefit of their fiber that way.
I plan to share any more recipes that I’ve personally made and tried, as time goes by.
I really and truly believe that the whole dandelion plant would benefit those who haven’t yet discovered it, or who just have always considered dandelions a pest in the yard.
Odds and Ends
How many children do you know, who can resist picking a dandelion in seed and blowing the seeds into the wind? Images of this action seems to always go hand-in-hand with thoughts of contentment, or depict dreams coming true.
As a believer in the Divine Creator, I believe He knew just how much fun it would be to blow the dandelion seeds, and therefore despite weed-killer and such, children and some adults would ensure the future of this healthy plant.
What’s your take?
As always, I hope this article will help someone. Thank you very much for reading, and if you have any questions, please email me at
This article was written by Angela Griffin,
Founder of herbalpanther.com