Every spring, we see dandelions growing in our yards and in the fields. Many of us treat our yards with weed killer to get rid of them. If you learned that dandelions have health benefits, would you see reconsider killing them?
I was shopping at my local Wegman’s, and I bought some dandelion greens. I buy them by the bunch. When I got to the checkout line, the cashier asked me what I used it for. It’s not a popular item, like kale or spinach. After telling her that I use it when I juice, she understood. She mentioned that customers use it to make smoothies or even for their pets. (Keep reading to find out how).
There are many benefits of dandelion; you can use the root, the flower, or the greens. As I mentioned, I juice the greens along with pineapple, green apple, and flax seed meal. You can also drink dandelion tea, cold or hot.
- Weight loss. Dandelion is a diuretic, which means that it rids the body of excess water which helps with weight loss.
- Inflammation. Dandelion greens treat muscle aches and joint pain.
- Relieves constipation and increases bowel movements. Because I use it as part of my juicing regimen, it keeps me “regular”.
- Diabetes. Dandelion fights both Type I and Type II diabetes by removing excess sugar from the body.
- Reduces high cholesterol. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes are typically diagnosed together.
- High blood pressure. Since dandelion works as a diuretic, it can help lower blood pressure without the unwanted side effects of a prescription drug.
- Cancer fighter. Boil the dried yellow flowers in water and drink the liquid. Dandelion purifies the blood and detoxes the liver. Many of those cancer drugs, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can be extremely toxic to the body. (Why do most cancer patients lose their hair?). Dandelions are high in vitamin K. It’s been proven to work for “drug- resistant forms of cancer”.
- Kidney failure. Dandelion root strengthens the kidneys.
- Eye and skin health. Dandelion greens contain over 100 percent of vitamin A to improve vision and fight skin infections.
- Chronic indigestion and excess gas. Dandelion works great for dogs that suffer from digestion issues.
Remember, as we approach Spring, please pick the dandelions in your yard or wherever you can find them. Our Power put herbs on the earth to heal us (Jubilees 10:12). Shalom!
At the beginning of this year, I decided that I would stop chemically treating my hair and embrace my natural hair. I think just about every woman that I know has decided to do this. I admit that I was hesitant about going natural because my hair is very course. After talking to other sisters and hair professionals, the key is conditioner and LOTS of it. I use Taliah Waajid for Children and Silk Elements MegaSilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment. I also use coconut oil and shea butter on my hair. I was also told that it would be a lot of work, and that I would need to give my hair time to recover from the many years of relaxing.
Last year, I wore a very short cut, which was really cute and easy to manage. However, I was starting to notice that my hair was thinning around my hairline. Since natural products and herbal supplements are improving my health, it should work for my hair. I decided to try Ninja Hair Growth Tonic for my thinning patches of hair. I saw results within 2 weeks. I massage my scalp with it 1-2 times each week nightly and wash it the next day.
To make my transition to natural hair easier, I have been wearing fluffy twists, which look natural. They also feel very light. My stylist says that my hair is growing fast. When the relaxer “grows out”, I can rock my natural hair and love it!
When I had my annual physical this past January, my doctor was very impressed with my blood work results. My thyroid functions were normal along with my cholesterol and blood sugar levels. My issues with pre-diabetes and high cholesterol were no longer a concern for me.
In October 2016, I started taking herbal supplements. My family and I were introduced to an herbalist from Washington state. He gave us advice about our current medical conditions and herbal remedies.
Over that next month, I didn’t eat any meat. I had stopped eating pork one month before. (See my post 5 Reasons That I Stopped Eating Pork). Shellfish was no longer a part of my diet, either. This includes shrimp, lobster, crab, oysters, clams, squid, and scallops. Having lived in Maryland for the past 11 years, crabs were always available, expensive sometimes, but available. With the exception of fish with fins and scales, everything else that lives in the water is unclean ( Leviticus 11:9-11). Many of us believe that it’s a delicacy because it tastes delicious. However, we don’t associate it with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Shellfish are typically bottom-dwellers that eat and carry bacteria. Shrimp are commonly known as sea cockroaches. Think about that the next time you have shrimp cocktail or a crab cake.
In addition to not eating meat for one month, I did not eat dairy or bread. My weight has not changed, but I have lost body fat. When I saw my personal trainer 2 weeks ago, my body fat was 30 percent. Last year, it was 32 percent, so I have made progress. Under 30 percent body fat is ideal.
In conclusion, you can treat many common illnesses with a proper diet and herbs. The body can basically heal itself if it’s properly cared for. Many herbs have healing properties (Jubilees 10:12), so don’t need to go see the pharmacist. Once you start taking prescription medications, you may have to take them for the rest of your life. It is better to treat the illness now with what the earth has to offer.