UK Plants & Herbs that Cure

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Dandelion

Dandelion

Grows everywhere in the UK, we class it as a weed but for many centuries as far back as 659 AD it was used as a medicine against diabetes, prostate cancer, jaundice, bladder infections, antioxidants, high blood pressure, etc.

Dandelion is a very rich source of beta-carotene which we convert into vitamin A. This flowering plant is also rich in luteolin, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

Dandelion’s flower from February through to November. Every bit of the plant is edible raw or cooked: the young leaves can be used in salads (if you’re planning on eating the ones in your garden, you could blanch them by putting a pot over them to make the leaves pale and less bitter) or steamed as a vegetable or boiled to make a tea. In autumn, when the roots are fat, they can be scrubbed, dried, roasted and ground to create a powder for making coffee. The flower can be used to make cookies, risotto’s, etc.

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