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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #255 on: July 17, 2019, 10:30:24 PM »
It Could Promote Liver Health
Dandelion root has long been held as a “liver tonic” in folk medicine. ... Naturopaths believe it means that dandelion root tea could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of liver disease.
7 Ways Dandelion Tea Could Be Good for You - Healthline

https://www.healthline.com/health/ways-dandelion-tea-could-be-good-for-your#utis

1. It reduces water weight
If you’re feeling bloated, dandelion tea could provide relief because it acts as a diuretic and increases urine output. One studyTrusted Source showed an increased urine output after two 1-cup servings of dandelion tea made from the leaves of the plant.

2. It Could Promote Liver Health
Dandelion root has long been held as a “liver tonic” in folk medicine. Preliminary studies suggest this is due, in part, to its ability to increase the flow of bile.

Naturopaths believe it means that dandelion root tea could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of liver disease. A 2017 study suggests that polysaccharides in dandelion may indeed be beneficial to liver function.

3. It Can Act As a Natural Coffee Substitute
You may be able to find this product of pre-prepared dandelion root at your local health food stores, but you can also harvest and make it from your own non-insecticide-treated, lawn-variety dandelions.

The roots of young dandelion plants are roasted to a dark brown color. Then, after steeping in hot water and straining, it can be enjoyed as a coffee substitute.

4. Similarities Between Dandelion and a Weight Loss Drug?
A recent Korean studyTrusted Source suggests that dandelion could have similar effects on the body as the weight loss drug Orlistat, which works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase, an enzyme released during digestion to break down fat.

Testing the impact of dandelion extract in mice revealed similar results, prompting researchers to recommend further study on the possible anti-obesity effects of dandelion.

5. Dandelion Tea May Soothe Digestive Ailments
Dandelion root tea can have many positive effects on your digestive system, although much of the evidence is anecdotal. It has historically been used to improve appetite, soothe minor digestive ailments, and possibly relieve constipation.

6. It Could Have Future Anti-Cancer Applications
Recently, dandelion root has been studied for its cancer-fighting potential, and so far the results appear promising.

A 2011 Canadian studyTrusted Source showed that dandelion root extract induces cell death in melanoma cells without impacting non-cancerous cells. AnotherTrusted Source showed that it does the same to pancreatic cancer cells.

While the anti-cancer effects of dandelion tea haven’t been tested, the potential is positive.

7. It May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Paired with another herb, uva ursi, dandelion roots and leaves may help prevent urinary tract infections. It’s believed this combination works because of anti-bacterial compounds in uva ursi, and the increased urination associated with dandelion.

Possible Side Effects

Dandelion is considered safe for most people. However, some people may have an allergic reaction from touching or ingesting dandelion. Dandelion has also been found to interact with certain medications, including diuretics, lithium, and Cipro.

If you are taking any prescription medications, consult your doctor before drinking dandelion tea.

How to Make It
Perhaps one of the most important facts about dandelion tea is that it’s easy to find and make. Just make sure the plants have not been treated with any chemicals before harvesting them.

Also, harvest the plants when they are young, preferably. After cleaning and preparing the plant, pour hot water over the top of greens or roasted and ground roots, steep, strain, and enjoy!

HOW TO MAKE IT
If your garden is already flooded with dandelions, you don’t need to rely on store-bought tea (just make sure you or someone else hasn’t treated your lawn with chemicals):

Flowers and Leaves: Wash, then let steep in hot water for 15-20 minutes.

Roots: Wash very thoroughly, chop into fine pieces, and heat on high in an oven for about two hours. Steep 1-2 teaspoons in hot water for about 10 minutes.

ilinda

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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #256 on: July 18, 2019, 07:50:49 PM »
Very interesting about the potential/possible affect of dandelion on melanoma cells, as well as pancreatic cancer cells.  Barb, you always find the neatest things!

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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #257 on: July 20, 2019, 12:11:07 AM »
Very interesting about the potential/possible affect of dandelion on melanoma cells, as well as pancreatic cancer cells.  Barb, you always find the neatest things!

ilinda -
Thanks for all your wonderful posts. :)
BTW it's nice to find out stuff like this. If dandelion root could lower my cancer risk i will definitely go back to it.
Just because I started drinking coffee again doesn't mean I can't drink dandelion root coffee. :)

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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #258 on: July 20, 2019, 12:16:31 AM »
Solani, I think I missed your wonderful post, Reply #245 on: February 23, 2019, 04:30:42 PM
20 Wild Plants That Can Save Your Life
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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #259 on: January 16, 2020, 04:38:04 PM »
A relatively new study was published last year in the Journal of Functional Foods detailing Elderberry's potent anti-influenza capability:



Findings:

*The bio-active compound in Elderberry is a form of cyanide, a portion of which is common in many blue or purple fruits and vegetables

*The activity of Elderberry increases in direct proportion to the level of infection.  If the influenza is mild in its early stages, the elderberry exerts a slight effect, allowing the person's immune system to go to work.  If the influenza is not halted at this point, the action of elderberry becomes markedly stronger.

*Elderberry uses multiple fronts to interfere with influenza:

1. It degrades the glycoproteins in the outer shell of the virus, exposing it to the immune system

2. It prevents the virus from releasing inflammatory cytokines that would cause the worst effects of flu, such as body aches, etc.

3. It leaves behind a compound which friendly gut bacteria use to mount yet another immune offensive vs. flu




ilinda

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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #260 on: January 17, 2020, 01:29:44 PM »
A relatively new study was published last year in the Journal of Functional Foods detailing Elderberry's potent anti-influenza capability:
*The bio-active compound in Elderberry is a form of cyanide, a portion of which is common in many blue or purple fruits and vegetables

*The activity of Elderberry increases in direct proportion to the level of infection.  If the influenza is mild in its early stages, the elderberry exerts a slight effect, allowing the person's immune system to go to work.  If the influenza is not halted at this point, the action of elderberry becomes markedly stronger.
All of it is fascinating, but most amazing is the research suggesting innate intelligence of the healing plant, who knows "how hard to work" in a given case. 

Yowbarb

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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #261 on: January 17, 2020, 04:20:44 PM »
Yes that is really strange and wonderful!

Yowbarb

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« Reply #262 on: January 17, 2020, 04:22:00 PM »
Yes ilinda, that is really strange and wonderful! 
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*The activity of Elderberry increases in direct proportion to the level of infection.  If the influenza is mild in its early stages, the elderberry exerts a slight effect, allowing the person's immune system to go to work.  If the influenza is not halted at this point, the action of elderberry becomes markedly stronger.

Yowbarb

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Re: Healing plants, herbs and foods
« Reply #263 on: January 30, 2020, 10:48:31 PM »
Lots of info in this article about the benefits of consuming flaxseed oil. Posting a quick summary. see article for more info:

Benefits of flaxseed oil
Although scientists have conducted more research into flaxseed than flaxseed oil, some studies into the oil do show promising results.

The possible benefits of flaxseed oil include:

Reducing cholesterol
Fighting cancer
Treating atopic dermatitis (consuming the oil)
Reducing diabetes risk
Decreasing inflammation

How to use flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil is sensitive to light and heat, so it is best to buy it in an opaque or dark glass bottle to protect it from the light and store it in a cool, dark place.

The taste of flaxseed oil is mild. People can drink a spoonful straight or incorporate it into dips and sauces.

People can also use flaxseed oil instead of other oils or butter for cooking. Flaxseed oil is sensitive to heat, so cooking with it will change the nutritional properties.

For those who do not want to add flaxseed oil to food, it is also available in capsule form as a supplement.

[supposedly some people can get gas and bloating if they use much flaxseed oil. I ahve no data on this. - bt]

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323745.php#benefits

 

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