I love plants! Anyone else? They are so amazing when you stop to really think about it. From a tiny seed can grow a big luscious plant that nourishes, heals, repairs, energizes, and feeds our bodies! Plants have been used as herbal medicine since the beginning of time and we need to get back to tapping into that wisdom that nature provides us so abundantly. I want to start this Powerful Plants series with a plant that is often overlooked and thought of as a nuisance weed. Enter the almighty Dandelion.
Dandelions start growing in the spring and serve as the first food for our precious bees and they continue to grow throughout the summer. This hearty plant grows EVERYWHERE-which many people are not so happy about. However, I believe that if we all embraced dandelions and used them to better our bodies we would all be much happier.
Every single part of this plant can be used: the roots are used for tea (my absolute favourite!) and coffee substitute, the highly nutritious leaves can be eaten, the stem is used in tinctures, the flowers are used to make wine, tea and oil and once it starts to seed, it becomes a granter of childhood wishes!
The health benefits of dandelion are plentiful:
-High in vitamin C and Calcium for good bone health
-Excellent for liver health
-Helps to eliminate toxins from the kidneys and urinary tract because of its diuretic nature
-High in antioxidants
-Helps treat and heal skin conditions
-High in iron, fibre and vitamin A
Dandelion Oil is an amazing moisturizer for the whole body and is a great choice for full body massage because it helps to release tension and stress stored in the muscles. The oil is also great for sore muscles and joints and also useful for those suffering with arthritis!
You can purchase the oil of course, or you can take advantage of the huge supply that nature has provided for free right in your backyard.
Here’s how to make your own Dandelion Oil!
First, you’ll need to collect a lot of dandelion flowers. My kids loved doing this; Bonus! We collected just under a pint of flowers because they shrink down quite a bit.
Rinse the flowers very gently to remove any dirt or creatures.
Spread the flowers on a cloth and allow to dry for a day or so. They will shrink as they dry.
Next, place the dried up flowers into a small, clean mason jar and put enough organic olive oil in to cover the flowers. Put the jar on a window sill and allow the sun to help with the infusion process. Leave it to infuse for several weeks up to 6 weeks.
Finally, when your dandelion oil is ready, strain it through a cheesecloth into a new clean mason jar. Squeeze it really well to make sure you get all the goodness out of it!
Use it for all your families soreness issues and share it with those you love!
Have you ever made dandelion oil or any other herbal infusions? Let me know if you try this!
Until next time,
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