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Thinking Upside Down and Backwards a“Pissenlit” Supporter!!


Picking Dandelions – Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (1796–1875

There is an old saying we English have about the Irish ( please no holy wars “I” didn’t make this up )

“They think all upside down and backwards”

So some may think I have some Irish lurking somewhere with my thinking- I admit to being “green” 😉
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I watch eagerly the first sign of spring -for me it is DANDELIONS – I love them . I like their little sunny golden heads popping up without a care. Chop them off and they still come back, their downy soft seeds will blow and procreate ( thankfully for me ) on my neighbor’s lawns no matter how many times they are treated.

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I have always loved Dandelions. I used to collect armfuls of them as a child. My mum called them “wet the beds” a term that comes from the French :

The name Dandelion comes from the French “Dente de Lyon” or “Lion’s tooth”, so named because of their jagged tooth-like appearance. The French now call them “Pissenlit” meaning “wet the bed.”

Maybe it was because the Europeans “introduced” this plant to North America , that is right this “weed” you all hate ( well most of you) was introduced by the first settlers . You see they were needed in this new world for their unique properties.

When the Mayflower arrived in 1620, there were no dandelions in North America. By 1671, they were everywhere. They were introduced to America by European immigrants whose cultures used dandelions as part of their regular diet.

We waste the Dandelions, berate the Dandelions do everything we can to kill the Dandelions…. well ever heard that Mother ( Nature) knows best???

There are so many wonderful things that Dandelions can give us , they are great “food” ( check out these recipes) for us and the bees,

Most of the important bee plants in the northeast are wildflowers. Of these, probably the single most valuable early spring wildflower is the dandelion. If a hive survives the winter, beekeepers know the bees will be safe from starvation if they can stay alive until dandelions bloom.

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you can have coffee , tea and wine. Even more important is their medicinal value

Dandelion is a natural diuretic that increases urine production by promoting the excretion of salts and water from the kidney. Dandelion may be used for a wide range of conditions requiring mild diuretic treatment, such as poor digestion, liver disorders, and high blood pressure. Dandelion is a source of potassium, a nutrient often lost through the use of other natural and synthetic diuretics.

Fresh or dried dandelion herb is also used as a mild appetite stimulant and to improve upset stomach (such as feelings of fullness, flatulence, and constipation). The root of the dandelion plant is believed to have mild laxative effects and is often used to improve digestion. Research suggests that dandelion root may improve the health and function of natural bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Studies have also reported that dandelion root may help improve liver and gallbladder function.

Some preliminary animal studies also suggest that dandelion may help normalize blood sugar levels and improve lipid profiles (lowering total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL, “good,” cholesterol) in diabetic mice.

AND NOW MAYBE A RESOURCE FOR OHIO’S FLAGGING ECONOMY
http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/08/dandelion-rubber-could-be-alternative-to-tree-rubber.php

The exact details concerning growing and harvesting the plants, such as how many inches apart and when they should be planted, are still being worked out, but the researchers expect that within a few years the processing plant in Ohio could produce about 20 million tons of rubber annually.


DISCOVERY NEWS

Scientists from Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC) recently received a $3 million grant to design and build a processing plant that would turn sticky white dandelion root sap into quality rubber for less money than current methods, say the scientists.


Protect the Dandelion!!!!! Stop stomping out Dandelions -you never know you might need them!

April 11, 2010 at 7:42 pm 19 comments


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