Spring has Sprung! Slowly but surely I am shaking off the lingering cold of winter and my body is trying to warm up. Feeling a bit sluggish, I am glad I have a dandelion leaf and root tincture made to assist in detoxing leftover stale energy and heavy foods of last season. Spring is such a great time to cleanse away what is no longer serving us.
I know for many this little flower is a nuisance but to me, it is an ally. I look forward to their arrival every Spring. Did you know that dandelion (taraxacum officinale) is full of good stuff for us? You can use the root, leaf, bud, and flower! The entire plant is highly nutritious. The flowers are high in antioxidants and can be used in salads, fritters, and wine, just to name a few. The greens contain vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They can be eaten raw or cooked. I like to make a dandelion pesto. The root is full of soluble fiber and can aid in digestion and help treat liver problems, and is delicious as a tea.
So, the next time you are thinking about mowing over them, pause and ask how you can benefit from its medicine. If you are wildcrafting them, make sure they are free from pesticides, 10ft from the roadside (where they are exposed to toxic fumes) and take only 1/3, and always ask permission.