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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I Heart Herbs - Dandelion

*Please note - The information provided is collected from my various herbal books, classes, and personal research. I am not a doctor. Always, always, always consult your physician or qualified healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment. Do your own research and think for yourself. Don't believe everything you read. Questions are good!


Dandelion
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Latin Name: Taraxacum officinale

Plant Family: Asteraceae

Character: Bitter, cold, sweet

Constituents: asparagin, bitter glycosides, carotenoids, choline, inulin, iron and minerals, pectin, potassium, salts, selenium, sterols, tannins, vitamins A, B, C, D, E, volatile oil, and zinc

Actions: antirheumatic, cholagogue, diuretic, liver and digestive tonic, mild laxative

Parts Used: the entire herb; flowers, leaves, root

Harvest throughout growing season.


Dandelion Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker
Some people think that dandelions are just weeds - oh no - no - no.

Dandelion is medicine.

Eat it, drink it, and use it for 
healthy benefits!

The whole plant is edible.

Dandelion is great with eggs, salads, and tossed into stir fry.


Dandelion Knowledge


The name dandelion was invented in the 15th century due to the shape of the leaves resembling a lion's tooth "dens leonis".

In China, dandelion is called 
pu gong ying.

Dandelion clears heat and toxins from the blood and 
is used as a diuretic.

The leaves are rich in potassium.

The white sap from the root can be used as a 
topical wart remedy.

Dandelion root is an effective detoxifier.

The root is a wonderful liver stimulant and is used as a gentle tonic cleanser for a range of health issues.

Add fresh leaves to salads for a bitter cleansing remedy.

Puree the leaves to make a juice when diuretic action is needed.

The infusion is a great cleansing remedy for toxic conditions and a gentle liver and digestive stimulant.

The tincture from leaves is used for a failing heart to ensure adequate potassium intake.

From the root you can make a tincture or decoction for toxic conditions like acne, eczema, or gout.

Also great for liver disorders since it it a liver stimulant.


Dandelion Folklore


If you would like to experience more vivid dreams 
place dried dandelion flowers under your pillow 
or you can create a dandelion dream pillow.

Drinking dandelion tea on the full moon 
increases psychic abilities. 

Dandelion helps release blocked emotions.

It is considered good luck to carry dandelion in a wedding bouquet.



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Folklore says that you can see 
the status of your relationship by blowing dandelion seeds.

If you blow all the seeds off 
with only one blow,
you are loved with 
a passionate love.

If some seeds remain, 
your lover has reservations about the relationship. 

If a lot of the seeds still remain,
you are loved very little or not at all.


Have you ever had a massage with dandelion oil?

It's splendid.

Dandelion oil is an excellent pain reliever that helps with back tension, stiff necks, arthritic joints, and sinus headaches.

Energetically, dandelion clears away negative energy.

It releases all emotional past yuckiness hanging around 
in your energy field.


Make Your Own Dandelion Massage Oil


All you need is dandelion flowers, jojoba oil, and a mason jar.

Jojoba oil makes an excellent base for massage oils.

Since jojoba oil is so similar to human skin oil, it tricks the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and 
thus balances oil production.

Dry the dandelion flowers.
(tip: make sure the flowers are fully dry, 
remember water and oil = bad)

Stuff the mason jar full of the flowers. 

Cover the plant material completely with jojoba oil.

Let it sit for 4-6 weeks. 

Strain and enjoy!



Dandelion Plant Spirit Prayer

from "Plant Spirit Journey"
by Laura Silvana

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"Joyful Spirit, full of glee, fill me, embrace me, and shelter me. 
Make this magic of the most high, grant my dreams 
unto the sky."

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 Amy Riddle, C.C., Holistic Alchemist and Manifestor of Dreams is a life coach, tapping facilitator, reverend, creatress, teacher, writer, herbalist, and all out muse. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine with an emphasis on herbs. She is a certified professional life coach with the Life Coach Institute of Orange County. Amy craves to inspire others to be healthy and whole in body, mind, and spirit. She has an affinity for striped socks, stinging nettle, and all things faery.