I don't know about you, but when spring hits and the dandelions pop out in full force, I get embarrassed. I feel as if I have to apologize to everyone who comes to the door for our lawn. We don't spray chemicals so it's not the perfect green lush yard, and that's good. Good for our water, our health and the environment.
It's funny when you think about it. Society has decided that the dandelion is an eye sore. Perhaps we are embarrassed because we have been conditioned to think Nature is a problem. I wonder how this came to be? Chances are you can trace it back to the first weed killer company that picked the heartiest plant that is the one of the hardest to control. Anyone who has dandelions, knows they come at you with a vengeance.
Did you know the dandelion is edible and full of health benefits? In fact, when you can pick it wild, you will reap more benefits because isn't days old like the ones you buy at the grocery store. We have been taught to use cancer causing sprays to get rid of a food that helps you not get cancer! I don't know about you, but it makes me mad. There are too many people and animals getting sick these days. It's time to stand up and take charge of your health.
The next time you see the dandelion growing in your yard, consider picking the leaves or even pulling the whole plant out but use it instead of throwing it away. Wash off a leaf or two and throw them in a smoothie or eat them raw. You can also juice them or use the leaves for a stir fry.
Instead of being ashamed of your lawn, have a bit of a sense of humor about it. Maybe it's Nature's way of trying to help.