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Dandelions – More than weeds

Each year thousands of dollars worth of chemical weedkillers are sold for the purpose of killing dandelions and other unwanted “weeds”.

This is not only toxic for you and your pets but it kills one of nature’s most precious gifts.

Did you know that dandelions are actually one of the healthiest herbs?

For centuries dandelions have been used medicinally to aid in digestion, cleanse the liver, ease gallstone pain and lower blood pressure. 

This free plant grows in everyone’s yard and can easily be used to maintain your health. 

How can I use dandelions?

Every part of the dandelion is edible.

The roots are hung to dry and used to make tea. The tea has a very earthy taste. 

Dandelion tea is a healthy alternative to decaf coffee.

The dandelion leaves can be eaten raw in salads or sauteed for soups. They have a mild taste, kind of a cross between romaine and kale.

The yellow flowers and stems are great sauteed in butter. They’re also great fried in a light batter for a little bit of added crunch.
My grandmother used to have us kids go out and collect dandelions. She would then cook them and add them to our meal.

I used to cringe when she would saute the flowers and add them to our salads with the leaves. 

I didn’t care for the taste and thought it was really weird to eat weeds..

Little did I know that one day I would be relying on them to help me with gallbladder problems. Read how I ended up with gallbladder problems here.

As humans, we try so hard to come up with solutions to cure ourselves of so many ailments, not knowing that just outside our door a solution awaits. 

Dandelion Salve

Can be used on sore muscles, as chap-stick and dry skin.
Author Iris – Willowbottom

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup dandelion oil
  • 2 tbsp Beeswax pellets
  • 1 tbsp Shea butter or coconut oil optional
  • 10-30 drops essential oils optional

Instructions

  • Heat Beeswax in a double broiler or in a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  • When the beeswax is melted add the dandelion oil, shea butter or coconut oil (if using)
  • Whisk together until blended.
  • Remove from heat and add essential oils (if using)
  • Pour into tins or a jar that has an air tight lid and allow to cool.

Notes

Dandelion oil –
1 cup dandelion flowers
1 1/2 cup oil (olive oil, almond oil, Jojoba oil or any carrier oil you like)
Air dry the flowers overnight (this will remove some of the moisture) 
Place flowers and oil into a sauce pan and simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours.
Strain into a jar and allow to cool.
Notes: Make sure the flowers have not been sprayed and have not been grown next to roads or sidewalks where they could have picked up pollutants.

If you are allergic or sensitive to ragweed or related plants, you may be allergic to dandelions.  This content is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. I am not a medical professional and the information contained on this blog should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness.  Read our full disclaimer here.





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