Boiled dandelions were used by Native Americans to treat a variety of illnesses including kidney disease, swelling and inflammation, skin problems, heartburn and upset stomach. The Chinese and Europeans also used dandelions to treat a variety of illnesses and infections. Dandelions are survivors, growing in harsh locations, requiring little and spreading deep and resilient roots. They are fast growers....with plenty of sun they go from bud to seed in days and they are now in cultivation in many places for their culinary and medicinal use..
And dandelions are just fun! Children love to pick them and wear them. Also, when they develop to a puffball they are fun to blow to scatter the hardy little seeds to begin anew. Catch a flying dandelion seed and you make a wish..
So here's to the lowly but important dandelion! Thank you for your gifts!