We all know dandelion as a pesky weed on our lawns and in our gardens. However, this pesky weed is eatable and offers a myriad of nutritional value to us humans. Dandelion root used to make tea or eating the leaves in salads is a great way to boost your immune system. Huh???… well it appears that this weed can build up blood and immune system. According to Dr. Carolyn Hamm from the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre in Ontario, Canada, extract from the dandelion root was the only thing that can help with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (http://www.healthiestalternative.com). It was also discovered in a recent test that dandelion root killed 98% of leukemia cancer cells within 48 hours. Since cancer cells thrive when the body’s immune system is low and or imbalanced, it appears that dandelion root builds up the immune system and thus helps to kill cancer cells. As well dandelion root along with the flowers and leaves cleanses the liver. A healthy liver promotes, a clean system clearing toxins from our body that come through some foods and the environment.
Here is my recipe for dandelion salad that is quite delicious and packed with other nutritious ingredients that will also aid in boosting your immune system.
- 2-3 bunches of dandelion leaves (washed and chopped julienne style)
- 4 leaves of romaine lettuce chopped julienne style
- 2 radish bulbs sliced thin
- 1/2 red bell pepper chopped in cubes
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper chopped in cubes
- 2 tablespoons of hemp hearts
- 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans
- 1/4 cucumber chopped in cubes
- 2 strips of vegan bacon crumbled (optional)
- 3 tablespoons feta cheese (optional) or to taste
- sea salt to taste
- Raspberry vinaigrette dressing (to taste)
*Serves up to 4.
Warning: Please be careful when harvesting dandelion weed. You must ensure that there are no herbicides or chemical fertilizers used on the area where the weeds grow. If that is the case do not use them at all.
Be sure to consult your doctor before you start drinking dandelion tea to ensure that it does not counteract with any medication proscribed.