By Jason Neet

Fun fact: the dandelion is in fact not useless weed sitting in the ground. Believe it or not, the dandelion is used for many things. The dandelion acts as a bitter tonic, (a medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of vigor or well-being) a diuretic, liver cleanser and a mild laxative. But, you can’t just rip a dandelion out of the ground and shove it down your throat to get the benefits. Certain parts of it have different benefits such as the root, if dried can gently stimulate your appetite and the leaves of the dandelion can be helpful with skin problems such as acne, boils, and eczema. You can also add the leaves to a salad and have a delicious meal.

Another fun fact is that the tea tree, commonly known to help rid lice, it also has antifungal and antiseptic benefits. Some things tea tree helps with are minor fungal and bacterial skin problems and also ear infections.

Lavender a plant commonly used in households, it is an analgesic, (pain reliever) antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, a sedative, and can relieve gas. Lavender can be used as an oil and you can also use the flower and leaves to gain all of the plants benefits. Lavender is commonly used to relieve anxiety, irritability, headache, local pain and used to relax and help with sleep and also the plant can help with digestive problems.

The truth about cocoa (chocolate) is the seed of a cocoa plant is an antioxidant, diuretic, mild bitter, nutritive, and a stimulant. First of all, chocolate as many people know is a mood enhancer. It has an influence on serotonin and endorphin levels which all in all increases alertness while calming and relaxing you. If you eat cocoa or dark chocolate at the end of a meal it can help stimulate digestion activity.

For all of the people fearing cancer this one is for you, the common indian spice known as turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, is a strong antioxidant, protects the liver and stimulates bile flow. Turmeric however is widely known as a strong preventative to cancer and other health problems with its high levels of antioxidants. People usually use the root of the turmeric plant and then grind the root down to a powder. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have been said to be very beneficial for skin especially for sunburns, but be careful because it can leave behind a yellow tint to skin for a few days until it completely washes off.

Plants aren’t just used for eating, they have an insane amount of benefits to the human body, there are some deadly plants out there but millions of beneficial ones. Keep in mind for allergic reactions and never try any herbal remedies while pregnant without consulting a doctor.