Organic Dandelion Leaves and Root. Naturally Caffeine Free
2-4 oz loose fresh-seal package.
Volumes could be written on the many uses of dandelion –
indeed they have been! This common weed is often hated and
poisoned by those preferring a “weed free” lawn, while those of
us in love with dandelion and its many uses happily support
it taking over our lawns.
This plant was purposefully brought to North
America by Europeans not wanting to leave this valuable
resource behind. Every part of the dandelion can be
used as food or medicine, making back door
herbalism simple and easy, as it should be.
When the first spring leaves pop up out of the
ground they can be harvested heavily and eaten fresh
with salads, made into a delicious pesto, or dried for tea.
The leaves are highly nutritious, containing large amounts of
vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and many more vitamins and
minerals. The French call this plant pissenlit, which alludes to its strong
diuretic properties. A tea of dandelion leaves is a great way to flush excess
water from the system. (Of course, before using this effective remedy we
always want to make sure the water retention is caused by a non-serious
condition like sitting on an airplane too long.) When eaten with meals, the
bitter taste of the leaves helps to promote digestion by stimulating bile to
relieve indigestion and other digestive disturbances.
The root is a great ally for the liver. It can be tinctured or eaten fresh in
a variety of recipes. Dandelion root can help clear up acne and other skin
disruptions with the root cause being a stagnant liver. Most herbalists agree
that long-term use of dandelion is needed for best results.
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The flower can be eaten in salads, or fried up as fritters. An oil made
from dandelion flowers is warming and can be applied externally to relieve
arthritis and other aches and pains.
Lastly the latex, or sap, from the dandelion stems can be used
topically on warts. Apply several times daily for best results.
My favorite way to enjoy dandelion is by making dandelion “coffee”
with the roots. This beverage doesn’t contain the caffeine found in coffee, but
does have a rich, dark taste similar to coffee.
Like burdock, dandelion’s strong diuretic activity makes it an
inappropriate choice for someone with low blood pressure or excessive
• Prior to decocting the dandelion root, roast the dried chopped root in a
cast iron pan until it is fragrant and has changed color from being offwhite to light and dark brown.
• For each 8 oz of water you are making, use 1-2 teaspoons of the
• Add the root to simmering water and continue to simmer while covered
for 7–15 minutes. The resulting brew will be darkly colored. I enjoy my
dandelion coffee with cream, and many people enjoy adding honey as
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