Dandelion has long been one
of my favorite plants.
It is the very first medicinal plant I met in the spring
of my 17th year.
Who didn’t pick the white blossoms and blow wishes to the
wind. I remember the “hippies” who came and asked to pick
blossoms in the front yard for wine, digging dandelion root with
a friend to make tincture and the leaves for steaming with other
greens. Let’s not poison our dandelions.
Let’s put them to good use.
The flowers are valued for wine and used in
cosmetics. The leaf
creates a nourishing tea full of minerals, the root acts as a
diuretic and supports the liver. Rather then robbing the body of
potassium as many diuretics do, it contains potassium.
Dandelions root and leaf have long been used for a cleansing
spring tonic to remove congestion from the body after a winter
of eating heavy foods.
are a nutrient rich in salads or steamed. For salads or
steaming, they are best picked young.
Older more bitter greens are excellent for tea or
Pick, chop, and place the leaf in a bag in the freezer.
Now it can be used either as tea or to create a Dandelion
is an effective blood purifier and tonic to the kidneys and
liver. By helping these organs break down congestion it has been
used for breaking down “stones.”
Jaundice has been treated with Dandelion root because it
has a high mineral content.
It is “nourishing” to the blood and may help to
neutralize toxins and acids in the bloodstream.
Another way of using this plant is a
wonderful synergy is created when blossom, leaf and root are
Place greens, root and flower in a mason jar, cover with
high quality vodka and let sit for a month.
Strain the liquid off the herbs and bottle.
30 – 45 drops daily is a good “dose.”
flowers steeped in oil create
a nourishing oil or cream that
to help fade spots related to aging. Harvest first thing in the
morning and dry immediately to prevent the blossoms from
Let’s not forget about their
use in wine!!
You’ll need fresh picked
blossoms for this easy recipe.
gallon dandelion blossoms
1 gallon hot water
Juice of one lemon
add the rest of the ingredients. Let the mixture set for 3
bottle. Age the
bottles for at least 2 months, a year is better.
I used a large glass jar and capped
it with a balloon that inflated and deflated as the wine worked.
Mine worked for 5 weeks, so use your own
judgment on this one
Remember, this article is
for informational purposes only.
These are suggestions.
Check with your family
practitioner, doctor or a qualified herbalist when using herbs
for health and beauty purposes.