The Richmond Register

March 20, 2013

Dandelions here, there, everywhere!

Northside News

By Rose Miller
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — I’m quite certain most everyone has seen a few yellow, fuzzy-headed dandelions daring to pepper your green lawns during the past week or two.

While most people in America think of the dandelion as a pesky weed, herbalists consider it a valuable herb for food and medicine.

Dandelion leaves can be used to add flavor to salads, sandwiches and tea.

The roots can be used as a substitute for coffee and the flowers can be used to make what some people consider a superb dandelion wine.

Traditionally, Native American Indians boiled dandelions in water and used the liquid as medicine to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems and heartburn.

Chinese medicine made from dandelions was used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis and breast impactions. Young women used to drink a tea made from the flowers to induce milk flow after giving birth.  

Dandelion flowers open up with the rise of the morning sun and close in the evening or in gloomy weather.

Our forefathers looked forward to the emergence of the spring dandelions. They searched for the greens which appeared before the development of the flowers.  

These potherbs were cooked alone, or with wild meat, and were consumed to restore their strength after a long winter without any greens in their diet.

So, when using your special tools to twist dandelions from your lawn, dousing them with herbicides or using your most effective means of eradicating the humble vegetation, pause and pay homage to God for giving these so-called weeds to past generations who needed them so badly for food and medicine.  

We have a new business to announce in Richmond. It is called Wise Buys LLC and is located in the Southern Hills Plaza.

This is a consignment shop and markets both new and up-to-date, used fashion clothing for the entire family.

The owner wishes the public to know she currently is accepting spring and summer clothing and has a large selection of orange-ticketed clothing that is discounted 50 percent through the end of March.

In today’s economy, a store like this makes cents. (I am such a ham, my pun was fully intentional.) Be certain to come out check this innovative new shop for great savings!

Happy birthday wishes to Brother Tim Jones on Friday, March 22.     

Anniversary wishes go out to my good friends Jane and Newt Avery of Pine Road in McKinney. The happy couple is celebrating 20 years of happy matrimony. Their anniversary is March 28.  

May God bless you to enjoy many more happy years together, my friends.

I presently am available to give motivational speeches on varied subjects. I consider my favorite lectures to be on never giving up on your dreams and allowing God to help make those ambitions possible.

I have been speaking in several southern counties with much success and would like to see if there is a need in Richmond and the surrounding counties.

Women’s church groups are my favorite audiences.

I only ask for gas money since I consider this venture a ministry.

The old adage for the week is as follows: “He’s so bad that salt won’t save him.”

Contact me with your special days, events, community or church news. You may e-mail me at karenquinn@roadrunner.com or call me at 527-0411.