Friday, March 30, 2007

Dandelion

While taking a walk today and looking at all the blooms that spring had to offer me today, I came across this dreaded character. You know the one, it pops up all over the yard masquerading as a "flower." I found this little clump out by my mailbox, and when I did I had to admit how pleasing to the eye it appeared. I thought to myself, awww, it is kinda pretty. They were created by my God, so they HAVE to be good for something. Unless it's just part of His good humour. I do believe my Lord has a sense of humor, but I also know that during His time spent creating He never wasted one moment or one teeny tiny bloom. I knew we could eat them, that's a plus. So, I said to myself, "Self, get online and look 'em up!" So I did. I was very excited when I found out just how healthy they are for us!!! God gave them to us for that purpose, I sincerely believe, among many other reasons I'm sure. Maybe it's just me and I've been in the dark, but I was very excited to learn more about this sweet intruder. Thank you Lord for little dandelions. I will never again look at them the same. Following I copied down what the word "dandelion" actually means. And also I'm placing two websites on here that you can look up and see just what all this little booger can do. PLEASE, do look at these two sites. They are very informative.
The dandelion is one of the most common and recognizable weeds. The official name for the dandelion is "Taraxacum officinale", which means "official remedy for disorders". There are many common names for dandelions, including priest's crown, Irish daisy, monk's head, telltime, blowball, and lion's tooth. http://www.pesticide.org/dandelions.html http://www.my-garden-supplies.com/garden_tips_folder/dandelions.htm I am adding another website that Mary beth told me about. It tells of medicinal uses and also that it's a registered drug in Canada, a diuretic I believe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion

5 comments:

Day4plus said...

Hi Mikki. I really like the early dandelions. My friend calls them field daisys and I like that. they are the brightest and prettiest yellow and brighten up any field (or lawn).
Another friend made dandelion jelly and it was pretty and not bad. Anyway I am always for the underdog.. who named a weed a weed anyway? MB

Tracey said...

Have you ever made dandelion salad? I have. Now that you jog my memory, I may have to post about it, lol!

~~Mikki Jo said...

Oh yes, post about it! I'm wanting to try some myself.

Sue said...

I always look for the dandelions in spring, and know how good they are for you, I had written a article on them years ago. I often take dandelion for many things, it helped my hubby shed some pounds a few years ago. A wonderful weed, but then aren't they all!

RoseMary said...

Great post, Mikki Jo. I've always loved to look at the little yellow flowers--which is a good thing since I have plenty of them! I'd like to hear about Tracys dandelion salad too--while they're still in bloom!