I couldn’t believe that dandelions were actually “Good ” People spend a lot of money & time on getting rid of these beautiful “weeds”.
My earliest memories of Dandelions were of course when they went to seed & you could blow on them & the little white ball would float in the air for a moment and scatter in the wind, This white puff contains the seeds.
Here is a list of top benefits of Dandelion’s
#1. They have anti-inflammatory properties. This makes Dandelion’s such a great choice for a salve, rubbing this on your hands or any body parts needing help to reduce inflammation, therefore helping to relieve pain. Can be very beneficial to those suffering from arthritis. Inflammation can lead to many serious diseases, so reducing inflammation should be high on our priority list.
#2 Dandelions have a high source of vitamins, A, C, K & E making these dandelions beneficial topically & orally. Good on your skin. Including minerals, Iron, calcium, magnesium. & Potassium. These make Dandelion useful in many applications.
#3. Dandelions help rid your liver of toxins just wash the little yellow flower & eat 1 or two a day. You can also drink Dandelion tea. Research has been done on mice & the results were amazing. Mice that had been given high doses of toxins, had bounced back due to Dandelions.
#4. Dandelions have been used medically to treat high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. There are several ways to introduce dandelions to our diet, one form is drinking dandelion tea.
I started picking dandelions and making oil infusions from all parts of the plant, concentrating on the flower & roots. ( how to listed below)
The flower is an excellent addition to a salad, after picking wash thoroughly, let dry, and just toss them into your favorite salad, adding nutrients and a pop of color.
#5. Dandelions contain potent antioxidants. Antioxidants are molecules that help prevent free radicals. Too many free radicals speed up aging. Dandelions also are rich in beta-carotene that works well to prevent signs of aging. Using a blend with dandelion and coconut oil is a great way to moisturize your skin while adding natural benefits.
This is a picture of a young dandelion, you can tell by the leaves, they are small and few, as the years go by the leaves get larger and the rosette gets fuller.
Don’t forget to pick only dandelions that have not been sprayed with chemicals.
“Enjoy what I think is a blessing, not a menace.”
How to make your infusion of dandelion and oil I thoroughly wash the dandelion from flower to root, then I lay it on paper towels to dry. Make sure they are dried well, because moisture will ruin your infusion. Next, I put them into a mason jar and add my choice of oils. (Many to choose from). My top 2 choices, extra virgin olive oil that has been cold pressed, and or coconut oil, (unrefined). Always opt for non GMO’s. Next your method can be 1 of 3, depending on your needs. If you need quicker results, the heated method is the quickest.
Using a double boiler, or crockpot ( set on low for first hour, then warm) lowest possible setting. Do not bring to boil, stir often, let sit on low heat for 6-12hours, Remove stiring well again breaking up stems and roots adding back to low heat for another 6-12 hours, after removing from heat source, strain off plant, leaving just the oil, add 1-2% vitamin E, this helps to extend shelf life, which runs 1year approximately. Be sure to smell and observe before using.
Second choice is just by filling jar with plant then oil. ( Leave 1/2′ gap) put jars in cool dark place, shaking everyday for approximately 6weeks. Then drain off plant and add vitamin E.
The third choice is called a tincture. Same as first two options, add to jar covering in alcohol (vodka, or Gin) let sit for 6 weeks or more, after seaparating plant from liquid add distilled water approximately 2%, shake well.
Now you have your very own dandelion oil. You can make many things, use as is for a massage oil or add a ingredient or two for skin softening, you can also add herbs according to need. Good-Luck and have fun. Let us know how it turned out or ask any questions.