By Countess Trottier/Trotzier
As the spring sun appears, its warming rays stir up myriad of celestial-earth dandelions that shine valiantly all over fields, people’s yards, riverbanks … and fill eco-lovers hearts with joy!
Who are the eco-lovers of dandelions? Every human who knows what’s good for their soul and body!
Young children rush to pick up the flowery stars! They are never happy with just one dandelion, but we see the young girls and boys rushing a few feet here…there to gather more and more and more. What bouquets of radiating energy the dandelions emit! And these moments remain embedded in the soul which time can never touch, nor erase. And every year these memories return bringing with them those moments of experiencing pure beauty and total joy.
As adults, those joys are not only to be reminisced, but there now exists the learned discoveries about the way dandelions can benefit one’s health. After a winter of imported greens, it is with delight that eco-lovers prepare herbal teas with the dandelion flowers which they sip after having enjoyed a great salad with the dandelion leaves so full of chlorophyll and oxygen. They did make sure beforehand that the areas where the dandelions were picked were totally free of any kind of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Of course!
To ensure a good supply of locally grown dandelion leaves, the eco-lovers hasten to pick the tender young leaves, place them in large paper bags to dry out, then carefully store them in glass jars in a cool, dark cupboard. On a regular basis they take some leaves out and crumble them into their soups, stews, pastas, salads. They also make herbal teas with the leaves to sip while discussing with their “pullers-of-dandelion-weeds-friends” the many reasons they too should become eco-lovers of dandelions.
They enlighten their friends that dandelions in Canada (and throughout the world) are most beneficial because they cleanse the liver, the kidneys, the blood. In other words dandelions provide the human body with a natural way to remove the toxins and pollutants that are endangering so many people’s health – and which have been there for too many years … in many cases. Even the dandelion roots are superb cleansers of poisonous body toxins. Our most wise ancestors who practised herbal healing knew that dandelions are capable of removing water waste in the body and can help alleviate painful arthritic and rheumatic pain.
“What’s in them that’s so good?” asks the soon-to-be-converts.
With a modest attitude of knowingness, the eco-lover of dandelion tells them: “Dandelions are rich in calcium, potassium, natural sodium; high in vitamin A, C, E and iron; with moderate amounts of essential selenium, silicon, manganese.”
And with a winning smile the eco-lover of dandelions offers a gift of her dried dandelion leaves to the new eco-lovers of dandelions who are so gratefull and can’t wait to do a complete search on their new medicinal plant.