If your garden is anything like mine at this time of year, out of your lawn, the flower beds, cracks in the patio, in fact out of any available nook and cranny will be growing beautifully bright yellow flowers.
To most, the humble dandelion is a weed, a pest and certainly something to be dug up. But to a hebablist, the plant rises from the winter, roaring with all the majesty that this king of medicinal plants can muster.
Not only is it one the first foods for bees but Taraxacum officinale is also a nutritious food for humans too. Filled with vitamins A, B, C and D as well as potassium and iron, its leaves can be part of a bitter salad or the flowers can be lightly battered and fried.
But beware, it doesn't get its childhood, wee the bed, for nothing!
Medicinally, dandelion leaves are an effective diuretic which can be used for water retention, cellulite and urinary infections.
The root activates liver and pancreatic function, supporting the body to produce digestive juices, enhance appetite and ease digestion.
Not such a weed now eh!?!