Ways to Use Dandelion Greens: Juice Them!


Dandelion is one of the healthiest greens you can consume, especially if it is plucked fresh from your back lot where you've been carefully growing food organically for a few years. Dandelions are said to help dissolve gallstones, detoxify the liver, clean out impurities in our bloodstream, dissolve kidney stones, help heal gastro-intestinal disorders, diabetes, and indigestion.  I will give you a couple of other fine ways to use this delightful raw herb in future posts, but today I will provide a couple of juice recipes (ideas: you try your own ingredients):

Dandy Blended Salad
This is a fantastic detoxing and refreshing juice to help knock out the 'yeasty' infections and provide some relief from the itch.  If you are interested in knowing more about how you can eliminate the underlying cause of Candida Overgrowth (one of the reasons for the yeast infection showing up), go to the base of this post and sign up for the email series).  Please don't drink the Watermelon Juice below because the sugars in the watermelon will NOT generally eliminate your yeast infection.  Add enough organic stevia (1/2 teaspoon and up) to sweeten this salad without adding to the problem):
Put the following in a Vitamix (or other high power blender):
  • 4 tender, large fresh Dandelion Leaves and fresh Nettle Leaves, if available
  • Small bunch of Arugula Leaves
  • Big Handful of Romaine or other mild Lettuce
  • Juice of a Lemon
  • Peeled and chopped Cucumber
  • Sweet Red Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 Cloves, peeled Garlic, chopped
  • Small peeled nub of fresh Garlic root, chopped
  • Turmeric, Salt, Pepper to personal taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon organic Stevia powder (not the kind with alcohol or corn)
  • Filtered Water to blend easily
This is zingy and nourishing when you are on a sugar-restricted diet.  I find it very refreshing during the time when the Dandelions and Nettles are actually growing (soon) when I can be so preoccupied with getting my garden into shape that I forget to drink/eat.  It's a great hot weather "liquid lunch" as well.  Be sure to "chew" each sip so as to have your mouth know that digestion has started.

Bitter-Sweet Love Juice
~Watermelon (organic with seeds, ideal)
~4 Dandelion Leaves (to start)
~small finger size fresh Ginger, peeled
Drinking, Frappe, Fresh, Fruit, Healthy, Juice
  • Wash and peel 1/4 medium-sized Watermelon leaving as much of the white inner layer as possible.  Cut into segments that will fit in your hopper
  • Put all of the above through the hopper and drink!  You might want to repeat the process throughout the day using the same recipe above.  For me this made a 12 oz. glass, but it will depend on how much watermelon juice you get from the 1/4 Watermelon-- this is a good juice to make for 2.
  • Watermelon and Dandelion are both natural diuretics.  Please talk to your physician or other trusted health care provider if you have a health issue that may flare up as a result of this.

To your living health!

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