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Darling Dandelion

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.  

Fresh Dandelion leaves 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 tincture making.   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 leaf pesto!! 

Dandelion root 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 tincture.  A wonderful synergy is created when blossom, leaf and root are prepared together.   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.”  

Dandelion flowers steeped in oil create a nourishing oil or cream that are thought to help fade spots related to aging. Harvest first thing in the morning and dry immediately to prevent the blossoms from closing.  Let’s not forget about their use in wine!!  You’ll need fresh picked blossoms for this easy recipe. 

Dandelion Wine

1 gallon dandelion blossoms     1 gallon hot water     Juice of one lemon 

  • 3 oranges peeled and sliced 

  •  1 pound of sugar         

  •   1 cake of yeast

  • Combine water and blossoms in a crock.  Let stand 24 hours then strain.

 

    Then add the rest of the ingredients.  Let the mixture set for 3 weeks then
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.

 

 

 

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