Dandelion Love

IMG_0001                    Dandelions are my new found love. I’ve heard of people eating dandelion green, so why did I never think that the flower was something to marvel at?  As kids we would rub the flower on our arms and faces to make our skin yellow. As adults, we often see them as a nuisance in our yards, a relentless weed.

Dandelion flowers, root and leaves are not only good to eat, but are healing to the body internal and external organs. Dandelion is considered one of the most invasive weeds, but I think it is the exact medicine that we all need. I think as kids we had the right idea of rubbing the flower on our body…

Dandelions have the power to relieve some of the most prevalent diseases, diabetes being one of them. They can help the liver, kidneys, urinary issues and anemia. They are also healing for inflammation and skin issues such as acne.

There are many articles I have read about dandelion flower infused oil being fantastic for breast health. Because of the flowers inflammatory and pain relieving properties, it is said that during pre-menstrual times. Use it as a massage oil after showering and before bed to soften breast tissue, to ease breast tenderness and to lift spirits.

On another note, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs highlights dandelion, telling the reader that it holds inside of the leaf, root and flower, vitamins A,B, C and D, iron, potassium, calcium, insulin.

The root can be used as a tonic to aid in liver cleansing. This means that it great for helping with digestion and constipation. The root also aids in the production of bile in the gut/gallbladder, in turn breaking down cholesterol and fats.  Healthier gut means a healthier immune system!

Now is the perfect time to be harvesting dandelion leaves and flowers. Early spring, the leaves are better tasting, but still bitter. The roots are young now, so waiting a few months to harvest dandelion root in advised. It has also had time to soak up all the nutrients from the sun in the summer months! There are fields and fields of these beautiful flowers. If you are going to harvest them, just make sure it is an area that hasn’t been sprayed or used as a bathroom for your dog/cat.

Perhaps you have heard of Dandelion Coffee? I have tried it when I was trying to give up coffee. I thought it was pretty tasty. Not as tasty as coffee, but a good alternative.

Here is a recipe found in Medicinal Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar-

Dandelion Mocha

3Tbsp Roasted Dandelion Root                             1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1Tbsp Raw cacao nibs (or chocolate)                    A dash of nutmeg or clove powder

1/2 cup milk                                                               1Tbsp honey or maple syrup

1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

Decoct the roasted dandelion root and cacao nibs in 3 cups of water, letting the mixture simmer for 30 minutes.  Strain, then add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and reheat if necessary.

If you want to cut down on coffee, drink this in place of it.  If you want you can add a little coffee in this mixture for more of a caffeinated buzz effect.

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