Dandelion was used for centuries by herbalists and now it is very famous amongst the ranks of those who prefer to have a natural lifestyle (they mainly use it to treat digestive problems and liver problems)
Every bit of dandelion can be used one way or another to treat something, everything about it is edible, leaves, blossoms, and even roots. Because the roots have the most health benefits because of their richness in zinc, iron, potassium, vitamin A, B, C, D, and because of the liver stimulation and detoxification help they have to offer.
If you have dandelion already planted in your garden, here’s the proper way to harvest it:
If you want to enjoy the medicinal purposes of dandelion roots, then you should harvest them in fall after a heavy rain because that loosens the soil around the root, and that’s very important because dandelion roots grow up to 1 foot deep in the soil and they are quite tough (that explains why dandelion has all of those properties because the roots can absorb a lot of nutrients) and that makes them hard to harvest.
Harvesting roots in different seasons means that you will have different effects. When harvested in fall, insoluble fiber inulin levels are high and fructose levels are low. If harvested in spring, the roots can aid liver function because they are high in taraxacum, the bile production stimulating substance. But if you wat roots for culinary uses, then harvesting them during the spring before they bloom is the best time to do so.
If you are planning to plant dandelion, make sure to keep it away from busy roads and places near factories because polluted areas are not dandelion friendly.
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