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How to Use the Dandelions in Your Yard to Cleanse Your Gallbladder & Liver

Dandelions are regarded by modern gardeners as weeds, however, it has a long history as of usefulness as treatment for a variety of remedies. Dandelion root tincture is a detoxificant, a powerful diuretic and mild laxative.

To take advantage of this miracle herb that grows so plentifully in the summer months to the chagrin of many gardeners, you only need to find some dandelions that have not been treated with any toxic artificial chemicals or herbicides. Then, with a shovel, dig deeply beneath the plant to loosen the roots. Shake the dirt from them, cut the tops and place the roots in a bowl.

Thoroughly rinse the roots. Then, with a knife, remove the brown outer covering of the roots. The roots are now ready to be used in a tea or tincture.

Dandelions may be best known as remedy for liver trouble. “Steep dandelion root, make a good strong tea of it; take a half glass three times a day. This is a very good remedy as it not only acts on the liver, but the bowels as well. This will always cure slight attacks of liver trouble (Ritter 128).”

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Dandelion is also helpful to treat chronic biliousness, a condition wherein the gall bladder or the liver is producing excessive bile causing stomach discomfort. “Dandelion root is highly recommended for this.” The root should be collected in July, August or September. Dose:–A strong tea may be taken freely two or three times a day…(126).”

Dandelion is also credited with lowering cholesterol, treating recurrent constipation and beautifying the skin by detoxifying the body from the inside out.

Dandelion roots can be preserved for up to two years when it is made into a tincture. This will allow you to make use of this valuable herb, even in the dead of winter.

To make a tincture: Chop them finely and place them in a mason jar. Cover them with distilled water. Then, pour approximately as much Vodka on top. Place this jar in a warm place and shake it twice per day for two weeks. At the end of two week, strain the contents of the jar. Add a label and store the liquid in amber or other colored bottles in a dark, cool place. A typical dosage is fifteen drops, two to three times per day.

A clever, alternative recipe is given in the book, “Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments.” This is a way to get dandelion roots into your diet in a pleasant way. Obtain the roots and clean them as described above, “then, roast in the oven on low heat – 250 degrees (like pumpkin seeds) – until they give off a coffee like aroma.” After the roots have cooled, place them a little at a time into a coffee grinder, then “steep one teaspoonful of the roasted dandelion in a mug of boiling water for about five minutes.” Drink a cup of this daily to obtain the benefits of the dandelion (Pesmen 158).”

References: Ritter, Thomas Jefferson, Mother’s Remedies: Over One Thousand Tried and Tested Remedies from Mothers of the United States and Canada, G.H. Foote Pub. Co., 1921. Pp. 126-128. Pesmen, Curt, Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments, Boardroom, Inc., 2000. P. 158

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