In most instances, the weakest systems in most people are, in order: the stomach, the liver, and the kidneys. And it just so happens that dandelion is a great remedy for all three of these important organs.
Dandelion roots are primarily a liver remedy, but they also help the stomach and kidneys. The bitter roots stimulate bile flow and aid liver detoxification, which is interesting when you think about how many people try to rid their yards with herbicides. But despite being poisoned the dandelions keep returning. That’s a signature that suggests that dandelion is a good remedy for helping us deal with toxic environments.
Dandelion leaf is a potassium-rich diuretic that supports healthy kidney function. The leaves are edible when picked young, before the plant blooms. Otherwise, they’re too bitter to be used for food.
Both the roots and the leaves act as a digestive bitter, helping to stimulate hydrochloric acid production and pancreatic enzymes to digest food. That’s why dandelion is a frequent ingredient in digestive bitters formulas. The root is also high in inulin, which helps feed the friendly flora in the digestive tract. The roots are technically edible but are just too bitter to be practical to eat. However, like chicory root, they are dried, roasted, and ground to make a coffee substitute.
The bottom line to all this is that dandelion is a very useful medicine for some of the common health problems that plague people in modern society. They grow near us because they're there to help heal our bodies.
They remind us that we can survive, even in difficult times, if we just take things one day at a time. Dandelions of the field, which keep growing in spite of our efforts to eradicate them, are a reminder to put my trust in God, hold onto a sunny and playful nature, and trust that if we sow good seeds into the world we’ll be taken care of no matter which way the winds are blowing.
-Excerpt from Steven Horne