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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Dandelion, Herbs, Uncategorized | 2 comments

How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil

How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil

Every winter is happens: I finally have time to make salves, ointments, teas, tinctures, etc. and the recipes all require infused oils that use plants that are only fresh and free in my yard in the spring and summer. As an ambitious gardener, I barely keep my sanity during the spring and summer with my garden plans. I do NOT have time to make herbal remedies then! So I’ve some up with a compromise: I’m spending ONE day making Dandelion Infused Oil, Comfrey Infused Oil, and Plantain Infused Oil. When my Calendula blooms later this summer, I’ll then spend ONE day making Calendula Infused Oil and Yarrow Infused Oil. Since infused oils stay good for at least a year, I will be able to use them this winter for my projects. Huzzah! How to Make Dandelion Infused Oil It’s probably a safe assumption to say that almost all of us have dandelions in our yard. If you don’t you can get seeds here.  This is one of the most common “weeds” around. Sadly,...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Dandelion, First aid, Herbs, Indigestion, Medicinal Recipe | 10 comments

Medicinal Uses of Dandelion

Medicinal Uses of Dandelion

Growing up, I remember always being sad when my parents would spray weed killer on dandelions or chop them down with the lawnmower. Imagine my delight when I researched all of the medicinal value in dandelions! They have been, and always will be, a welcome addition to my garden. 🙂   Medicinal Uses of Dandelion: (1): Digestion problems, sluggish liver and/or gallbladder function: *As a bitter herb, dandelion root stimulates gastrointestinal functions. An infusion of roasted root is an alternative to coffee and, if taken before or heavy meal, can pleasantly stimulate digestion and handle issues with the liver and/or gallbladder Instructions: *Infuse 1/2 tsp- 2tsp. dried or roasted dandelion root in each 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 20 minutes and strain. Drink 3 cups per day. If using roasted root, add milk to taste but avoid sweeteners because they diminish the herb’s effectiveness.   (2): As a Detox and Diuretic: *Feeling sluggish or run-down? It might be time to detox. Dandelion leaves have powerful diuretic activity. They...

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Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Dandelion, Herbs | 2 comments

Dandelion

Dandelion

Name: *Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Description: *Most Americans consider dandelion a pesty weed. What they don’t realize is that dandelion is one of the BEST nutritional and medicinal plants! *perennial *best in zones 3-9 Parts Used: *whole plant, fresh or dried (flower does not dry well) Position: *full sun to partial shade *no special soil needs Propagation: *easy to grow from seed, will germinate with no special treatment, but if you do cold stratification first, there is almost a 90% success rate *you can sow directly into the garden Maintenance: *if self sows vigorously, so keep it in check: harvest before it self seeds for best results Harvesting: *You can harvest the whole plant at once, or if interested in only the roots (the strongest medicinal part), use a garden fork to gently pry the plant from the ground. The roots are best harvested in early spring or late fall *If you are harvesting the whole plant, you can harvest at any time (you do not have to wait until...

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