“And the earth brought forth grass, (sproutage ) and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:12
How many times as a child I carefully pulled up a seeded dandelion to blow the seeds off the stem. I loved to watch them float away, drifting in various directions. I remember we had lots in our yard and I never remember my parents trying to kill them.
Nowadays it seems a mortal sin to have them in our yard. How silly mankind truly is!
In the last years I have studied alot about herbs and this little friendly plant that flowers and seeds so beautifully is actually a food and a medicine. Try as you may, you can not get rid of them, because God wants them here.
Like so much in our life here, it is really a matter of perception. We live like we believe that our perception is somehow truth. I suppose that is why the wisest of men repeats numerous times in his writings in the book of Proverbs that, “all mans ways are right in his own eyes.”
In case you didn’t know….
While many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, it is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.
In the past, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upsetstomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.
Dandelion leaves act as a diuretic, increasing the amount of urine your body makes. The leaves are used to stimulate the appetite and help digestion. Dandelion flower has antioxidant properties. Dandelion may also help improve the immune system.
Herbalists use dandelion root to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, and dandelion leavesto help kidney function.
So now that you know, maybe you will be kinder to this precious little abundant plant.
Just think…..if all of God’s people would scatter seeds like this little guy….the world could be a little better to live in while we are here and so many more souls could enjoy eternity with our Lord!
Ms Linda Darlene