In ancient times, dandelions were used by healers in the treatment of patients. After all, it is not for nothing that dandelion is called the “elixir of life, health.” Not all parts of the dandelion are useful in folk medicine. The most useful root and flowers. In today’s article, we will talk about dandelion flowers.
It is advised to collect dandelion flowers in April and May. Away from roads, highways, dumps of industrial areas, fields of the countryside, which are treated with various chemicals and poisons. After picking, the flowers are dried outdoors in the shade, or in rooms with good ventilation. Mix them a couple of times a day.
What are the benefits of dandelion flowers?
The beneficial composition of dandelion flowers helps to cure many diseases, as well as being rich in many substances useful for the human body: nicotinic acid, choline saponins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, etc.
In folk medicine, decoctions from dandelion flowers are used for liver diseases, hemorrhoids, jaundice and insomnia. And the juice helps to get rid of annoying freckles, age spots and warts.
Syrups, tinctures, jams, dandelion honey are included in the diet not only by sick people, but also by quite healthy people.
Dandelion flowers in folk medicine
Alcohol tincture contains all useful substances in full. To prepare an alcohol tincture, we need: 50 grams of freshly picked dandelion flowers, ½ liter of vodka. Rinse flowers in cold water and dry. Then place them in a transparent bowl and pour vodka. Close the container with a lid, put in a dark place for a couple of weeks. During these days, periodically shake the tincture. After, strain the infusion of dandelions and store in a place that is not lit and not hot.
Tincture helps to overcome ailments associated with gout, rheumatism, osteochondrosis. It is also advised to use the tincture for colds, the occurrence of pain in the joints and muscles of the body, convulsions.
Method of use – rubbing, compresses. When rubbing – grind the tincture to “warmth” and burning of the skin, then cover with a cloth on top. With compresses – soak a cloth or gauze in tincture and apply to a bruised, sore spot.
A decoction of dandelion flowers.
The decoction is applied internally in case of:
- Increase in blood pressure;
- Respiratory disease;
- Chronic fatigue of the body;
- Exhaustion and overwork of the body, etc.
Recipe number 1. In equal quantities, take fresh and dried dandelions (preferably 10 pieces each), pour boiling water (200 ml.). Keep in a water bath for about 15 minutes. Then strain the cooled broth. Consume per day – tablespoon 3 or 4 times.
Recipe number 2. Ingredients: 20 g of dandelion flowers and herbs, boiling water – 2 cups. Pour boiling water over flowers and grass of dandelions, and cook on low heat for 10 minutes. After let it brew for half an hour and filter. Take a quarter cup after each meal.
Recipe number 3. 10 g of dandelions pour 200 ml. boiling water. Boil for 15 minutes. After the expiration of 20-30 minutes, filter the broth. Drink a decoction 3 times a day, 1 tablespoon.
Ointment is used in cases of:
- Burns (solar, thermal);
- Bites of various insects;
- Bruises, etc.
It is easy to prepare an ointment: for this, 20 pcs. chop the flowers, add the medium finely chopped onion to the mixture and mix thoroughly. Mass pour 1 tbsp. vegetable oil. Cook on low heat for a quarter of an hour. Strain the cooled mixture through cheesecloth several times. Store the ointment in the refrigerator or in a cool place.
Method of use – lubricate the affected areas several times a day.
Medicinal jam from dandelion flowers will serve as a universal remedy for adults and children.
For jam you need 200 pcs. Rinse dandelions in cold water and dry. Then pour them 400 ml. water, cover and bring to a boil. Leave on the fire for another 10 minutes, and then put the broth for a day to infuse. Then add 800 g of sugar to the broth and repeat the procedure (bring to a boil, leave to boil for 10 minutes on low heat). Pour the hot jam into jars and roll up the lids.
It is very useful to use dandelion jam as a prophylactic with tea, as well as ½ tbsp. spoons on an empty stomach as therapeutic targets:
- Reduces blood pressure;
- Improves immunity;
- Normalizes the work of the stomach;
- Helps to improve the functioning of the urinary system, cleanses bile;
- Cleanses the body of harmful substances.
Extract from dandelion flowers.
Pour fresh dandelion flowers in layers with sugar into a three-liter glass jar: up to 4 cm layer of dandelions, up to 3 cm sugar, up to 4 cm layer dandelions, up to 3 cm sugar, etc. up to half a can. Then tamp the contents of the jar with a stick or rolling pin, adding half a glass of water. Then continue filling the banks with layers. And once again, tamp everything well.
Compacting the mixture, a brownish juice is released. The taste is pleasant, slightly bitter, reminiscent of burnt sugar. This juice must be consumed in the diet for tea, up to 4 times a day for a teaspoon.
- Raise vitality;
- Increase appetite;
- Remove fatigue, fatigue.
This product is easier to prepare. To do this, we need to collect a liter jar of dandelion flowers. Put them in a container and pour 3.5 liters. boiling water. Leave to infuse for 24 hours. Strain the dandelions the next day. Add to liquid: kg. sugar dissolved in water, 2 tsp. citric acid, 2-3 pcs. raisins. Put in a warm place for a couple of days to ferment.
After that, the mixture must be filtered and poured into a large container (bottle), not topping up to the edge by about ¼. Close the bottle with a fermentation stopper or use a medical glove with a hole in the finger
Dandelion wine will be ready in a month, at the end of the fermentation process. It tastes like champagne, with preserved medicinal properties.
For medicinal syrup, four handfuls of dandelion flowers must be poured with water. Boil and wrap in a warm blanket, leave overnight. The next day, drain the infusion and strain. Then add granulated sugar and cook over low heat until syrup (not too thick and not too liquid).
Method of application – an hour before meals, a tablespoon three times a day.
Honey is used for colds and to regulate digestion in the body.
For honey, the following ingredients are needed: 200 g of dandelion flowers, one and a half liters of boiling water, 2 small lemons, one and a half kilograms of sugar. Rinse the flowers and pour boiling water over them. Close the container tightly and leave for 24 hours. The next morning, drain the water, squeeze the flowers. Add lemon juice and sugar to the liquid. Cook over low heat until thickened. Pour some more warm syrup over…