Having been a popular alternative to conventional medicine for hundreds of years, dandelion has a powerful effect on cancer cells, causing them to reduce in size sometimes as quickly as 48 hours after first dosage. In addition to these cancer-fighting properties, dandelion also produces detox effects by cleansing the liver and keeps other bodily organs healthy by promoting cell repair.
More often than not, dandelion is ignored and frequently removed from gardens because of the ‘weed’ stigma that horticulture has placed over it. As long as the soil you take it from is far from any pollution sources such as roads, brewing tea from dandelion can be a viable option to promoting good health.
Recent research has emerged from the University of Windsor, Canada, that has suggested dandelions are a better choice for treating cancer than chemotherapy, largely because the results showed that the active ingredients within dandelions only target malicious cells, whereas chemo attacks all of them. The healing properties are thought to come from its high vitamin C, iron, magnesium and folic acid content, as well as its plentiful stores of riboflavin and thiamine.
The power of dandelion tea
Following the previous study bringing the power of dandelions to light, the researchers were provided with additional funding to continue their studies. They decided to pursue by adopting a case subject, a 72 year-old gentleman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. After running out of treatment options, it was suggested that he take dandelion root tea every day. Within 4 months, the patient observed a miracle remission, with the cancer retreating into far earlier stages.
How to collect dandelions
Dandelions are best picked at the start or end of the Summer season, i.e. the end of Spring or the start of Fall. By using your hands or a gardening fork, carefully remove the dandelion from the ground bringing the root with it, being careful not to damage any part of it.
Storing your dandelion root
Dandelion root can be stored either fresh in an airtight container, or dried in a warm room.
If you’d like to dry your dandelion root, it’s advised that you cut it into smaller pieces in order to increase the surface area and ensure it dries more thoroughly. it should then be left in a room near an open window.
As long as it’s kept in an airtight container, dried dandelion root will retain its healing benefits for up to 12 months.
Brewing your tea
Making dandelion tea couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is add your dandelion root (fresh or dried) into a cup of boiling water, then strain and serve.
Although we’ve mentioned above that the life of dried dandelion root can be up to 12 months, to reap the most of its amazing healing properties it’s best to use it sooner rather than later.
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