Go Wild with Dandelion Greens (one of Michael’s favorite herbs)!!
This is one of my favorite herbs! If you have come into The Wellness Shoppe anytime in the last couple months I probably have been drinking the liquid tincture of Dandelion in my water as I help you fill your Patient Care Plan from Doctor Nchekwube!
As an herbalist, I use every part of the dandelion, especially at the turning of the seasons as we leave Winter behind and beckon in Spring. I find that it aids in digestion and detoxification, thus allowing us to tap the energy we had buried within ourselves during the darkness of Winter. It is also a great herbal tonic to rid yourself of any lingering seasonal blues and rejuvenate yourself as it aids in the kidney, liver, lymphatic-cleansing, and bile-flow processes.
You might not want dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) dappled across your lawn, but you definitely want to make them a part your healthy diet. For centuries, the sunny yellow dandelion, its greens and roots, has been embraced across cultures for its culinary and medicinal uses.
Dandelion roots contain several compounds beneficial to health, one of which is bitter taraxacin, which stimulates digestion. The leaves are rich in potassium, antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and several B vitamins.
Dandelion helps filter waste products from the bloodstream. In many cultures it has been used as a liver tonic, diuretic, and digestive aid. Herbalists have used dandelion to treat jaundice, cirrhosis and liver dysfunction. Preliminary research suggests dandelion may even strengthen liver and gallbladder function.
All parts of the dandelion are edible. The bittersweet roots may be eaten raw, steamed or dried, roasted and ground for a coffee substitute. The flowers are commonly used to make wine and jam. Dandelion greens can be eaten steamed, boiled, sauteed, braised or raw in salads.
Try adding dandelion greens to:
- quiche, omelette
- sauce such as garlic & olive oil
- seafood soup
- sauteed vegetables
- to replace some of the kale in a green smoothie
Dandelion packs as much power in its flavor as it does in its nutrition. It can quickly overpower more delicate herbs and flavors-a little goes a long way.
When harvesting dandelion, especially for salad, take greens from young and tender plants, before the first flower emerges. Please do not pick them from the roadside or a well-manicured lawn as they probably have been sprayed with poisonous and toxic insecticides, pesticides, and/or industrial fertilizers. At the grocery store, look for organic dandelion with vibrant green color. I buy my greens in the organic produce section of the grocery store, wild-harvest the plants/roots from deep within the woods and swamps of our beautiful Indiana, and purchase my clinical-grade liquid Dandelion extract by Gaia Herbs from our very ownThe Wellness Shoppe.
Did you know you can now visit The Wellness Shoppe online? It is finally here! Check it out: http://wellnessshoppes.com/
***If you are a current patient, please be aware that certain clinical products can only be sold with the consent of a health care professional and therefore will not be sold online. You will have to call me directly or come in to the physical Shoppe for these items.
On April 30th, 2016- We are very excited to have Randi Light here at Family Medicine & Wellness Center from 1-2 PM for Meditation Hypnosis for Healing! This seminar is open and free to the public! Randi Light is a Transformation Specialist, Mental Trainer and Healer. Her life work combines 35 years of research, training and life skills to provide sustainable wellness solutions for personal and professional performance improvement. Randi’s proprietary system, and training manual, The Essential 4, establishes over a 90% success rate with private clients who are stressed, in chronic pain, have trouble sleeping, or whose negative emotions block their success and happiness. Randi was voted ‘Hypnotist of the Year’ for 2012. Randi communicates from the heart and lives her life in service to others. Her passion is to help people get out of their way, move forward and be their best self. Randi has been trained in a number of healing modalities including Pediatric Hypnosis, Theta Healing, Alchemical Hypnotherapy, EFT, Reiki and NLP.
Randi is an author, speaker and Master Facilitator leading transformational workshops, classes, seminars and retreats for both children and adults. She also coaches, consults and trains through Skype, phone and in person. Additionally Randi serves on a number of Boards for women and for the environment. She was a radio show host and founder of Transformational Radio.
Check out more about Randi Light before the event at:www.RandiLight.org
Also on April 30, 2016; from 2-4 PM, Doctor Nchekwube will be presenting his free seminar on his Wellness Red Wine Diet! Doctor will discuss how this Ketogenic Mediterranean Diet can help you shed pounds, protect you from Diabetes/Stroke/Heart-Attack risks, slow aging, and prevent aging-related diseases (dementia, cataracts, etc).
Neither of these speakers are to be missed!