Elinivana – A dandy liver cleanser that is right at your fingertips is dandelion – yes, that nasty stringy-looking weed that everyone wants to get rid of every spring. I was disheartened to see the very poor reception that DANDELION got in some recent search results: the top seven or eight search keywords in my research were “kill dandelions,” “how to kill dandelions,” “get rid of dandelions,” etc. Not a very welcome reception to such a potent and helpful detoxifier!
So, for the moment let’s put aside our gardener’s disdain for this wonderful healing plant and consider its many good points.
Dandelion has long been prized in Chinese medicine for its healing abilities, especially its ability to dispel heat, reduce inflammation and infection, and detoxify and cleanse the liver. Its recorded use in Chinese medicine dates back to the 7th century A.D. when it was widely used for fighting infections such as boils, carbuncles, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and clarifying the skin, bile ducts and gastrointestinal tract.
It is today used in China as a treatment for mastitis (swollen or inflamed breasts), and that remedy is listed below.
Dandelion Is Used In Powdered Form, Or In Water or Alcohol Extract, or As a Juice
It can be plucked from your backyard and boiled and it makes an ideal green vegetable loaded with minerals and cleansing properties. Its bitterness can be offset by adding some potato to the water and I have often added strained tomatoes, which cuts the bitter flavor too. This combination of tomato and dandelion is surprisingly tasty and not as acidic as it may sound.
Another way to use the healing power of dandelion is to pull the entire plant out of the ground, boil it in 3 cups of water down to 1-1/2 cup, strain, cool and drink the liquid. If desired you may add a teaspoon of honey to the liquid while still hot, to quell the taste. This drink helps ro alleviate mastitis and other cystic conditions of the breast. It is also an excellent potion for gall bladder inflammation or discomfort.
Dandelion wine is also a very healing drink for the G.I. system, liver and gall bladder, and delicious too!
Those gardeners who cannot bring themselves to appreciate dandelion’s fine qualities, take heed: in Nature’s world there is truly something for everyone. If you don’t wish to sample the culinary benefits of dandelion, keep a bit of it around your yard anyway. The milky white exudate from the stem of dandelion makes a great instant poultice for snake bites or insect stings!
Almost all the wedding receptions that we have been invited are just the same as any other weddings, that is we welcome and celebrate the new married couple, listen to their speech, take photos, watch them dance and cut their wedding cake. What will make one wedding distinctive and different to other weeding would be the creative wedding games that are included for the entire guest to participate with fun and laughter.
Three fun and active games that can be played by all your guests are
Find the Bride: In this game, an MC is designated to ask the bridegroom to be blind folded. Then the MC will ask some women, including the bride to come to the front stage, line up in one row and hold out their left or right hand out. The bridegroom will then feel each woman’s hand and make one guess which woman’s hand is his wife. If the bridegroom gets it wrong, he will be penalized in front of his guest by the MC. Perhaps get him to do 20 push-ups. You can also reverse this game by getting the bridegroom blind folded and getting her to guest which hand is her husband.
In this game, the MC will have a list of “what a person wears or looks like” prepared before the game. Everyone sits at their tables, and waits to hear from the MC. The MC might say for example he wants people who wears clothes with the colour blue. All the people with blue clothes will run to the front of the room, toward the MC. The first person who arrives to the MC will claim a prize. . But also include some surprises, like “a man with a brown purse” which will require a man to find a woman at his table with the brown purse and run up to the front of the room with that.
Another fun wedding reception game is musical chairs using men as the chairs. All the men line up and kneel on one knee. The women begin walking around the men, while a music plays in the background. When the music stops, the women’s must find a knee to sit on. No chairs are removed during this version of the game, but instead people are eliminated when either the men or/and women falls down when the woman seats on his knee. The winner is the last woman and man left standing who have not yet fall down.