Thursday, August 19, 2010

Popeye didn’t know By Valerie Hould-Marchand

Take a look at your lawn. Is it covered with dandelions? If so, you are in luck! A free harvest of nutritious food and medecine is at your finger tips. In fact, the « weed » that grows on most lawns and gardens is the same as the cultivated version sold in markets today.

What popeye didn’t know is that the dandelion leaves are more nutritous that spinach. They cleanse the gallblader, boost immunity, protect against heart disease, help fight cancer. Also, due to their choline content, dandelion greens stimulate the production of bile which enables the liver to function more efficiently.

Dandelion greens are a good source of vitamins A, B, C and D and the minerals clacium, chromium (which helps metabolize fat as well as reduce triglycerides and cholesterol), potassium and iron.

In addition to tossing a few leaves into your favorite salad mix, try juicing them. Fresh juice helps to build healthy cells and tissues. It can also be used as a blood cleanser and restores energy and vitality.

To ensure optimum nutritional value, you want to consumme them sooner rather than later. Greens will keep for three days in the refrigerator if you place them in a plastic bag, unwashed, in moist paper towel.


The dandelion is a great digestive aid and a powerful diuretic.
Here is how to make your own diuretic tea.

-2 tbs of fresh, washed dandelion root, choped

-1/2 tbs each of nettle leaf, oat straw, fennel seed, and corn silk

-4 cups of boiling water

Poor the hot water over the herbs. Steep for 20 minutes. Strain the herbs and drink up!
One or two cups as needed

Heal yourself
Heal the planet


Source : alive academy

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