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A Cowboy’s Faith: Good sides of weeds

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Favorite flowers on the ranch are dandelions.”

At least that must be the case as the entire yard has been covered with the colorful yellow blooms.

Interesting the response for roll call at a recent meeting when members were asked their favorite flower. More than half of those attending said: “dandelions.”

Evidently, everyone’s weed control methods are identical. Nothing was done and the little pretty yellow flowers thrived.

One time years gone by, a broadleaf herbicide was spread over the lawn when green started showing. Believe it or not, hardly one dandelion lived.

Even worse than the lawn flowers are the white fuzz balls replacing pretty blooms and now intensely seeding dandelions. If it’s possible, next year’s yellow flower bloom crop will likely extend the present one.

Now just wait one minute, perhaps instead of complaining entrepreneur business enterprises should be started.

It’s been contended that dandelions can be used to make wines not generally available at most places selling alcoholic beverages. Promoters proclaim the prolific yellow lawn weed is easily crafted into a “tasty true elixir of health.”

Now researchers are adding to the “miracle list” of just what dandelions really are good for. While dandelions are claimed as medicinal treatment for many conditions, there’s a boldface disclaimer with every use.

“So far there isn’t enough scientific evident to determine whether or not dandelions are effective for any of them.”

Now quoting, “dandelions are used for appetite loss, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, muscle aches, eczema and bruises.”

Furthermore, dandelions are declared to increase urine production and are also sometimes used as a laxative.

They’re affirmed to be a skin toner, blood tonic and digestive enhancer. Some people think dandelions work well to treat infections, especially viral infections, and even cancer.

Proven fact, dandelions are common as a salad green. They enhance soups and people use dandelions for  brewing teas. The roasted dandelion root is raved about as a coffee substitute.

Like most ideas, especially related to business ventures, probably won’t try a single one. Nothing lost and nothing gained.

Yet, with all the proclaimed uses for dandelions maybe there really is some good that might come from those lawn pests.

Reminded of Isaiah 65:8: “Just because a weed is considered bad, doesn’t ruin its usefulness; there is still good in it.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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