Hi everyone!I’m sure many of you have eaten dandelion greens in a dish. They’re very popular right now and can be purchased at many stores. Even the Sprouts very near me has them. I steep dandelion greens in oil and use it to color soaps.
Roasted Dandelion root has been brewed into a coffee-like drink for many years. I drink it combined with chicory and a little coffee – this way, I still get a little coffee and a lot of flavor. Dandelion root stimulates the liver duct, so it helps the liver clean out.
There are a number of things Dandelion greens and roots are great for, but today we are going to look at the flowers.
The beautiful little yellow flowers that, when they wilt and turn to seed, take flight on the wind to spread their beauty across the earth.
I’ve got a few dandelion plants in my yard. They self-planted years ago and I have let them be. A few of them are in with my asparagus and they all seem to be getting along just fine. The oldest one is near my fig tree and it’s a number of years old now – it actually gets taller than my little fig tree sometimes! Yes, I may be harvesting roots at some point.
Once they started blooming, I started collecting flowers. Every morning, I went out and collected the blooms – freshly opened or getting ready to open. I tried really hard to catch them before they turned to fluff. Once I’d gathered quite a number of them, I steeped them in Olive oil, then made a salve.
It’s got a nice, earthy smell and a yellow tint. Some say it helps skin heal up quickly, others claim it helps with muscle aches. I’ve had positive reviews from those who have tried it thus far. 🙂
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