Dandelions and Bees Watercolor Medicinal Plants

Dandelions & Bees Botanical Watercolor and Ink Painting

This is a nice size watercolor and ink original. 

With Spring right around the corner I browsed through my website ginettecallaway.com to see my #flower and #spring like #paintings. I want to share this one, believe it or not I am such a fan of Dandelions, these darling plants have been in my life since my childhood in #France and I am so fond of them.

In Latin the name is: Taraxacum officinale.

If you plant them and don't use pesticides or herbicides, as the young leaved appear they make the most tasty greens for salad. We used to pick them in the French Country side. We was Mom, my Brother and I. Of course these days people want to get rid of them and herbicides are used, naturally you can't eat those.

This plant is so unappreciated that I feel compelled to paint it again and again. Isn't the seed ball "Pusteblume" a gorgeous wonder of nature? How ingenious, as the wind blows them off the stem, they float, glide through the air, with their natural parachute, until they land in some happy spot, and grow another pant.

Yes, I know not to the pleasure of those, that want a perfect lawn.

I shout "Long live the weeds!". One person's weed is another person's medicinal plant. Check out all the medicinal properties of #Dandelions.

"While many people think of the dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) as a pesky weed, it is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Dandelion leaves are used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches, and teas. The roots are used in some coffee substitutes, and the flowers are used to make wines.

In the past, dandelion roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), dandelion has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.

So far, there have not been any quality scientific studies on dandelion. Today, the roots are mainly used to stimulate the appetite, and for liver and gallbladder problems. Dandelion leaves are used as a diuretic to help the body get rid of too much fluid." http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/dandelion

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#Dandelions and #Bees #Watercolor #Summer in the #Garden
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Size: 18 x 24"
On Watercolor Paper
Signed: Yes! Front & Back

 

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