Thursday, 29 March 2012

Dandelions are ready to use

Natures is coming back to life again! Dandelions are growing too and now is the time to harvest their roots. Just dig them up, give them a rinse and a brush. You can dry them now by cutting them into small bits and then allowing them to dry on a piece of paper or cloth and store them in a paper bag when they're completely dry.

I made them into tincture
After cleaning the roots, I cut them into small pieces and put them in a jam jar with vodka. The right one is a jar I made earlier, the left is a new one. You can see the change in colour once the good stuff dissolves into the alcohol. I like to use this tincture in spring as a detoxifier and I take ten drops, three times a day. Don't take the tincture longer than six weeks and stop for some time to see how you're doing without.

Dandelion root makes the bile more fluid and it enhances the secretion of bile two to four times! This supports the liver and helps preventing the formation of gall stones. The bitters work great in your digestive system: more saliva, more gastric and pancreas juices, hence a better digestion!

Dandelion is called pisse-en-lit in French, because it increases the flow of urine. And at the same time it strengthens the urinary system. Most diuretic drugs cause a loss of potassium, but dandelion is naturally high in potassium and as such a very balanced and complete remedy. The leaf actually works best on the urinary system, so you can add some of it to your tincture.

Spring is a good time to detoxify and dandelion is a great help: as a tincture, an infusion or eating the young leaves in a salad.

This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday


  1. You've inspired me to have a go at this. Dug some roots up yesterday and they're currently soaking in vodka. Can't wait for them to be ready!

  2. Thanks for the info. Can never know enough about dandelions.

  3. Congratulations! Your Dandelions post was nominated for The People's Choice Award. Winners will be announced January 7. Good luck! :)

  4. Dropping by from the Wildcrafting Wednesday People's Choice Award Blog post. Congratulations on being nominated for the People's Choice Award. Very interesting post on dandelion roots. I've only used them dried and normally I harvest mine in the fall, which is a pain, since that's the time everything else is also needing to be harvested. I didn't even get to it this year. I'm glad to read your post and find out that I have a second chance once the snow melts. Thanks for that information.

  5. Thanks! I love dandelion...they are so great for your body! I use a liver tincture with dandelion in it as well. Will be pinning your post! :)


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