It is one of the most misunderstood flowers, aka weed, that grows in almost all yards and climates. I was one of those people that judged this flower until my eyes were opened by my wise older sister. I made a comment one day many years ago referencing to the “weed” and she quickly showed me the other side of that coin. Now, every time I mow the grass I cringe when running one over or hop past a dandelion growing in a sidewalk crack.
How many of us, as a child, have put our dreams on a Dandelion wish and blown them into the universe with hopes of coming true?
Dandelion spiritual meaning and symbolism. It is resilient. It defies destruction. It inspires hopes and dreams. It blooms under the harshest conditions. It breaks through concrete and solid barriers trying to reach the sun. We all should have a little bit of dandelion in us…..The world would change in one puff of a wish.
Medicinal or practical uses for the Dandelion; (go to link for more information)
Dandelion is an herb. People use the above ground parts and root to make medicine.
Dandelion is used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether or not it is effective for any of them.
Dandelion is used for loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema, and bruises. Dandelion is also used to increase urine production and as a laxative to increase bowel movements. It is also used as skin toner, blood tonic, and digestive tonic.
In foods, dandelion is used as salad greens, and in soups, wine, and teas. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.
How does it work? Dandelion contains chemicals that may increase urine production and decrease swelling (inflammation).
The middle of February with unseasonable weather this week in the Northeast region, 70’s instead of the 40’s, and a dandelion pushed its way to the surface in my yard. Instead of walking past with no admiration, I stopped and took a photo to share its accomplishment in survival. It is the Epitome of ‘Survival of the Fittest’