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The Amazing Dandelion (its not just a weed)!!

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posted on May, 21 2009 @ 03:57 PM
When I was little my next door neighbor told me they were candy and to eat it and i did lol, i ran home crying then of course went back over and did it all over again, haha what it is to be a kid.

But yeah, natural substances from the earth have many wonderful powers, like now ginger is being used for people going through chemo for nausea.

Just be careful where you get the roots from you don't want to pick them off your neighbors lawn to later see a bottle of weed killer in their trash.

Thanks for this good post though it's nice to see these things starting to get some well deserved attention.

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 06:02 PM
Wow, thank you all for the great info and support of this thread!! I just got home from work and am really pleased with all the great posts!! Keep the info coming...I have reading to do!!!

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 06:10 PM
My grandparents were from the old country- so when I was little they used to take me with them when they'd pull over on the side of the highway to stop and pick dandelion plants. Boiled, with some butter, salt, and lemon- and you might not be able to tell the difference between it and spinach.

I've been checking this site for many years, and of all the posts I've wanted to reply to- this one made me sign up. lol

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 06:25 PM
reply to post by 626ion

Welcome and we are all glad that you signed up!! I believe that in these uncertain times, especially those to come, that this type of information could save lives. I know that there are hard times to come, but I like to think that as humans we will come together and help each other!

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 06:41 PM
Heh... like the above post, I have to agree. Have been looking at the site off and on, incredible information and ideas... but very few threads I felt I could contribute to. Well, this one I can!

I live in über dry interior region of BC (Canada). Here we have extremes in temps: -20C in winter, about 40C in summer). For only three weeks here, the hills are green. After that, everything dies off and turns a golden brown. Finding OBVIOUS food (for the average, not-that-informed person), both in the wilderness as well as in urban areas this is difficult.... to say the least.

Weedies are common, especially:

lambs quarters in disturbed areas, aka open dirt or between paving stones...
Dandelions are in most everyone's lawns (except those with pesticide signs on them...)
Purslane, I think grows here (didn't know what that weed was until today!)

In the wild, you can find burdock (in REALLY wet, but not boggy, areas)
Where there is bodies of water or relatively still rivers, are water mint.
On the high plateaus that are SOOOO dry, prickley pear cactus are everwhere!! look on the western or southern exposed slopes.... Cut off the spines and you have a nice... vaguely apple-tasting syrupy treat.
In the fall the saskatoon bushes ripen... kinda like blueberries but way more meal-ly.
In certain stream locations wild raspberries can be found. They are good!
So to can be found in most areas are wild roses- the rose hips are edible and high in Vit C

Also in the spring grow flax plants (seeds edible), balsam root (roots edible), and wild onions or garlic (both tops and bulbs edible... I think). There are also some kinds of lillies that can be eaten, but I am not 100% sure of which kind. Anyhow, they grow wildly in the spring and then keel over in the summer heat... but generally speaking are easily found.

great thread!!

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 06:43 PM

I too live in Los Angeles and a few years back I took one of those weekend courses in survival/ edible plants etc... given by the LA Park Services.

Frankly I was really surprised as to all that is actually edible and not too bad tasting either growing in the hills along Los Angeles. Mallow, Yarrow, berries galore, lots of starchy things. if one took one of these courses they would not be going too hungry in LA if SHTF.

I suggest taking that book of yours about edible plants and hike around the north side of the Hollywood hills. Around runyon, coldwater, fryman (all valley side of the hill-north) etc... there's more water on that side of the hill and there is tons of edible plants around.

Just don't hang on the trails past dusk-coyotes, bob cats.

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 08:12 PM
There are 3 types of herbs

Food herbs like sage, cilantro, basil, etc are food herbs. Eat as much of these as you'd like.

Herbs like echinacea are medicinal herbs. You would use these for a specific duration of time, for a specific purpose. BUT you can also eat these in meals/food you probably shouldn't do it everyday.

"Poisons" - for instance, hemlock!
Understand that some QUALIFIED herbalists SOMETIMES use small amounts of some poison herbs for specific things but you should never do this without knowing what you're doing.

If you want to use herbs to help with medical concerns/problems/prevention find a herbalist in your area American Herbalists Guild. Although it is not legal to practice clinical herbalism some people do it. If you don't find someone here keep looking.

Also make sure you go to the right sources when buying books or looking at websites! I recommend STARTING with James Duke and RoseMary Gladstar.

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 08:42 PM

Originally posted by warrenb
good post

you can also gather the young plant before it sprouts a stem but has its leaves spread out. gather a bunch and boil it like spinach, squeeze a little lemon over it, add a dash of salt and yum!

my grandfather makes a similar type of "xorta," or greens in greek, called "vleeta." It's delicious! =)

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 08:54 PM
reply to post by herbgirl

No herbs should be taken without checking first for contradictions with medication or pre-existing conditions. At all. Not even chamomile, which can cause severe allergies for some people and rashes in others. Do not self medicate without consulting a naturalist unless you're sure you know what you're doing. That's really simple and important advice.

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 09:20 PM
You can put them in a salad or in a shake. I'd rather get them from the whole food store though. Unless they're growing in my garden already. They're kind spicy

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 09:24 PM
reply to post by ravenshadow13

Personally, I do not consult my doctor before I eat pepper or even almonds?
I've never consulted him before putting sage in my food or eating a green salad.

This is the reason I stated there were 3 types of herbs - Food, Medicinal, and "Poisons"!

If I want to know about cars I go to a mechanic, if I'm having a heart attack I go to the doctor, if I want to know about what herbs are safe I go to an herbalist.

Plants are our friends, not something we should be afraid of. Most people don't even realize they can eat the "weeds" in their yard. If they want to know which "weeds" to eat (food) safely a herb specialist, like James Duke, will be able to help them much more then their doctor.

Another great fact about dandelions - they did not originally grow in America, but were brought here by the Europeans for food/salads. The health benefits were just a bonus.

This was a great post, thanks for spreading the word on some other foods/"weeds" that are out there. - OP

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 09:29 PM
reply to post by herbgirl

Right but if you have a tree nut allergy and go for a try, you don't know you have a severe enough allergy to go into shock until you actually do.

It's also much easier to mistake one plant for another than a bag of almonds in the store for something dangerous.

Believe me, my entire family is almost entirely reliant on herbal medicine. My mother is a midwife. It doesn't mean it's safe, though.

posted on May, 21 2009 @ 11:56 PM
truly useful info
S n F

im gunna experiment with some of these plants now that i know this.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 01:07 AM
I know this may sound really weird but I couldn't think of a better site to post it. I once read that the cure to cancer was in ground up dandelion roots. Someone had posted their experience of battling cancer for years with chemo and tried the dandelion root. They said it completely cured them and it has never returned. I'd hate to recommend it to anyone with cancer though and have it fail when chemo may have helped. Weird thing is that I just found out today that my uncle has throat cancer but I don't see myself trying to tell him about the dandelion roots.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:02 AM
reply to post by Greenize

It is funny how people don't know that Dandelions are very good, but won't look past it as a weed. Personally, even before I knew they are good for you, I always liked them sprinkled throughout the lawn, I never considered them to be unattractive. I always thought people were crazy when they would go through the trouble of plucing them all out my hand.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 02:12 AM
i thought weed was something you could smoke...

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 04:19 AM

Yeah some of it you can. We haven't got that far yet! Still discussing the lovely!!!
I need some advise on the best seditive for sleep paralaysis, because what i would like to grow in my garden, purely for that reason is illegal.My garden is far too small to hide anything like that among the tomato plants anyway, so i'm open to suggestion? I hope the pc police don't kick me off for saying that, because this really is a great thread. It's brought together IMO some great people that are happy to share their time and knowledge.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 05:03 AM
My pet rabbits go nuts for dandelion. just shows ya, the animals know what's good for them!! Unlike us Humans with our saturated fats and chemical preservatives...

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 05:22 AM
Animals are a good indicator to what is good and bad. Funny tho my two cats don't like cat nip and one of them won't touch fish. When i was picking the nettles last month, they followed me around the garden as if supervising me. If i light up tho and have a u kno wot before bedtime, they appear out of nowhere sitting beside me or on my slippers. Their purr changes to a virtual giggle. It is so funny! Sorry if i'm going off topic, but my cats are my garden in some respects and i think they deserve a mention.

posted on May, 22 2009 @ 09:03 AM
reply to post by lel1111

The leaves of sweet potato vines and chili peppers can also be eaten. Prefer the young leaves. My people use them to add flavor to dishes.

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