May marked the first month of my 2017 Bhoomi’s Basket, an herbal subscription from May to October. I really enjoyed putting the baskets together for my members! The herbal goodies were Dandelion Root Tea, Dandelion Salve and Dandelion Flower Essence, all of which are wonderful easy to use. Dandelion has a gentle action. It does not solve your problems immediately but rather soothes and supports so that you can feel stronger and more able to take on another task or another day.
Dandelion Root is known for it’s ability to cleanse (detox even) the overtaxed liver. So you can turn to it when you are recovering from a cold or other illness, when you would like to clear some skin irritation, if you are experiencing hormonal fluctuations, digestive issues, or any type of inflammation. The liver gets taxed when we are stressed as well. I think that in this day and age, we could all use some liver support. So – Dandelion Root Tea! Perhaps you don’t generally drink tea that doesn’t come in a tea bag, but don’t let that put you off. It is really as simple as adding water and tea to a small saucepan, bringing it to a boil, letting it simmer with the top on, then strain and sip! You can add milk, sugar, honey. My husband prefers to drink it black but I love to blend it with a little coconut oil, grass-fed butter, and honey (like a ‘Bullet-Proof Coffee’ if you are familiar with that). With it’s roasted, bitter flavor, Dandelion Root Tea is a wonderful coffee substitute and will nourish and strengthen you, rather than give you caffeine jitters. Click here for a video I made showing just how simple it is!
Dandelion Salve is simple and perfect for relieving tension and aches and pains. Rub it on your tired back or shoulders at the end of a tired day, or treat yourself to a foot massage before bed. You don’t have to share it if you don’t want to, but it is safe for any little ones you might have in your life as well. Maybe a bedtime foot massage all around to have everyone relaxed and ready for sleep!
Dandelion Flower Essence is gentle but effective. Flower Essences are different from the more common herbal tincture you may be familiar with. Flower Essences capture the ‘vibrational message’ of the plant. Studies show that bees, for example, respond to vibrational messages that the flowers put out, to know what the plant is and if it has already been visited by a pollinator that day for example. This is an old craft that science is just beginning to try to understand and it is fascinating. Flower Essences are generally used for emotional support and while many of them are quite specific to different experiences and personalities, I felt that Dandelion Flower Essence was one that really could be used by most of us. It can help lessen the load of overwhelm that is so common these days.
I encourage everyone to get to know this humble yet determined plant a little better. Eat the leaves as you would other greens, add them to fresh salad or sauté them for a side or to put in frittata. Make a Spring pesto with them. Infuse vitamins and minerals into your apple cider vinegar by letting some dandelion roots or leaves steep in the vinegar for 4 to 6 weeks. And the next time you see a dandelion, smile instead of scowl. They are like droplets of sunshine coming to remind us that everything is going to be okay.