Get You Some:
12-17 Dandelion Greens
12 Kale Leaves
1/2 Head Cabbage
3 – 4 Apples
1 Yellow Squash
a few pieces of fennel
Juice, Strain, Drink Nutritiously!!
There are so many natural and wonderful remedies mother nature gives us to aid in our overall well-being, it’s easy to forget that the seemingly humblest plants provide a powerhouse of nutrients.
I was in awe when I discovered the amazing benefits of Dandelion – the root, the leaves, and the flower! In today’s society we have forgotten about the wonderful nourishing and detoxifying effects Dandelion greens have on our digestive system. Our spleen, gall bladder, liver, intestine, pancreas and stomach will all thank us for incorporating a little more dandelion green goodness into our diet for several reasons.
First and foremost, Dandelion purifies our gastro-intestinal system through its mineralizing (zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, & copper to name a few) and alkalizing effects, it not only increases bile (essential in digestion) and urine production (to rid of toxins and even water retention), but also stimulates our metabolism and liver cells to promote our general wellness.
Secondly, there are quite a few uses for topical ailments in addition to the many internal benefits Dandelion offers. The leaves produce a a milk-like substance that can soothe bee stings and blisters. Not to mention, you can use this substance to help remove pimples, moles and even warts (mostly due to the anti-viral qualities in not only the leaves, but also predominantly found in the root).
Thirdly, they are delicious to eat! This juice had me perplexed when I took a sip and found it a little spicy.. I had to make sure I wasn’t crazy and luckily I wasn’t the only one who found it to be somewhat peppery and on the verge of spiciness. I did find that the best time to pick them though was when they were young because they are sweeter and the more mature they get the more bitter they become. So get the young inner leaves and crowns when picking – the best time to go? Whenever! Where to go? Anywhere!! Kinda… try a field (or your backyard) unpolluted by chemicals and toxins from cars and pesticides. The pros recommend early spring rather than late fall, but hey – goodness is goodness. Until next time, I will leave you with words of wisdom from Sir Ralph Waldo Emerson!