Herb Spotlight: Dandelion

I have been studying herbs for awhile now and have finally begun to play around with them in their different forms. Dandelion is extremely interesting to me because as a child I was always drawn to these golden wish bearing flowers sprouting all over the suburbs. I remember being told that they were weeds and having that create an entire thought spiral in my squishy little impressionable mind, that if something considered a weed or a nuisance to most could be so profoundly beautiful to me. Just another childhood lesson in compassion I suppose.

I felt like this would be the best for my very first herbalicious spotlight as it comes in so many different forms that are all incredibly healing.

Breakdown of the Dandelion

Scientific Name: Taraxacum officinale; Asteraceae Daisy Family [aka: blowball, lion’s mane]

Parts Used: Leaves, roots, flowers, seeds and sap.

Magical Stats: Air Element, Ruled by Jupiter

Improves the function of the :

  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • urinary system
  • kidney
  • digestive system

Aids in relieving symptoms of:

  • Acne
  • Warts & Corns
  • Hypochondria
  • Insomnia
  • Constipation
  • Rheumatism
  • Gout

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Deliver thoughts to loved ones (blow to make wishes)
  • Bring about psychic impressions and dreams.
  • Increase financial success.

How Does the Herb Work?

The chemicals in the plant cause the gallbladder to contract which releases bile. This stimulates the liver to create more bile, clearing out impurities from the entire endocrine system. Also clears out mucus from digestive tract with increased functionality, improving digestive function.

Most diuretics that do the same medical work as the dandelion will deplete the potassium in your system. Dandelion in all of it’s forms will increase your potassium levels, continuing to help your body learn how to operate with a higher functioning gallbladder.

What Do I Do With It?

Dandelion Root:

My first experience with dandelion outside of beautiful little dandy-flower balls was with bulk dried herbs. I have made both tinctures and hot steep teas with the little nugget of earthy deliciousness. Tinctures are a pretty large cure-all; as always hitting all medicinal bases of the plant. [Dosing: 30-40 drops, 2 to 4 times a day expect results after several weeks]

The root can be used as a caffeine free coffee substitute; grind the dried, roasted roots and mix with cardamom or cinnamon for some extra flavor.

Hot dandelion root tea can help promote liver health aiding specifically in hypochondria, insomnia, rheumatism and gout. Ancient Gypsy remedy for jaundice was to fast for three days, drinking the dandelion root tea in the AM, fast 4 more days with out tea, then 3 more days with dandelion tea in the AM.

Dandelion Sap:

Ancient remedy for warts included in both colonial medicine and Gyspy lore utilizes the sap from a dandelion stem. It has been said to cure freckles, acne, warts and other skin ailments.

Dandelion Greens:

I like to just eat my dandelion greens but they are quite bitter for most, this bitterness is how they work their magic! You can also juice them for the benefits with out as much of the flavor. You can also make tea from these greens.

Greens will help you detoxify the blood and lymph which increases help with kidney and bowel function, depleting fluid retention and urinary problems. It has also been shown to increase shortness of breath in the elderly.

Dandelion Magic:

To acquire opportunities or accomplishments in your fiscal realm put dandelion in your herbal amulet. If you want to send wishes to your loved ones think hard on your thoughts and blow the seeds of a dandelion flower into the wind. Brew a dandelion leaf or root tea before bed to encourage psychic thoughts or dreams.

WARNINGS:

If pregnant consult a doctor before using dandelion for your issues. May create colic in cases of gallstones or obstructions of bile ducts or intestines.

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