You’re probably wondering why anybody would want to talk about a weed, never mind use one as an ambassador for their brand?

Well, I’m here to tell you all about these misunderstood and underrated flowers that are often the victims of lawn mowers around the word.  Are you ready?

The dandelion is actually an unsung hero – it’s a bit of a health keeper and provider. Did you know ….

You can eat them!

From the top to bottom (flower to root), dandelions are highly nutritious, absolutely loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Cook them, or eat them raw, they serve as a fabulous source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins.

If you want more …. dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium (1).

The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fibre found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract (2Trusted Source).

They can help with digestive problems of your dog

The dandelion flower may be used for its antioxidant properties and may improve the immune system. It is also high in lecithin.

Dandelion leaves are loaded with potassium. They also stimulate the appetite and help digestion along with kidney function. They are an ideal choice for dogs with chronic indigestion or those with gas.

Dandelion leaf also acts as a diuretic, making it useful in cases of arthritis, kidney stones, congestive heart failure and gallbladder disease.

And best of all, dandelion leaf contains lots of potassium, which can be lost through urination. Dandelion leaf also stimulates the liver and promotes the elimination of waste material from the body.

Source: https://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/dandelion-much-more-than-a-weed/

To find out more health benefits see here:  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dandelion-benefits

Like animals and breeds of dogs – there are hundreds of types!

The flower represents, in my mind the fact there are hundreds of breeds of dogs.  Like breeds of dogs, there are many types of dandelions.  Did you know, there are more than 230 types of Dandelions in the UK alone!

Like some breeds, such as Alaskan Malamute and Siberian Husky, there can be similarities and differences that can be very difficult to detect (unless of course, you have/had one or can tell them apart!).

Source:  https://easywildflowers.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/taraxacum-species-the-dandelions/

They’re good for bees.

That makes them fabulous in my books!It’s a shame so many are mown down when you consider just how much food they can provide for our buzzy little friends.

Dandelions are fun!

Did you ever chase your brother/sister/friends with a Dandelion in your hands, telling them if you touch them, they’ll wet the bed! I’m sincerely hoping you won’t wet the bed if you work with me – but I’m hoping you’ll love the work we do together you give a little squeal of joy, rather than a little wee!

Dandelion Wine!

Need I say more? This seems like a good recipe worth making: https://commonsensehome.com/dandelion-wine-recipe/

They represent the BRAT in me

Dandelions are the official flower of Military Children, or BRATS.  The word BRAT appears to have come from the term British Regiment Attached Traveller.  I am very proud to say I am a BRAT.

My father was the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 22 years and left the Army just after I turned 18.

Although this was over 30 years ago, moving every two years until he left, not knowing a soul and having to make new friends had a profound effect on me, even now.

I’ve always been fond of dandelions, and I’ve always wanted a dandelion as a logo for my company, but I never found one I liked, until now. I think this logo represents me as a person.

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