Dandelion- Taraxacum officinale

Astrology: Jupiter, (expansion)

Plant family: Asteraceae, Compositae, Daisy Family

Sensory Experience: sweet, nutty, bitter, milky sticky sap

from the Sensory Herbal Handbook

 

We love this prolific and familiar friend. Easy to find in most gardens and public spaces and famed for wishes whilst blowing on the fabulous seed head clocks….

 

Dandelion root, whilst nutty in flavour, has a recognisable sweetness which indicates it is beneficial in regulating blood sugar levels in the body. It is specific for post-prandial dips (feeling sleepy after a meal) or getting shaky when hungry (hypoglycaemia).

 

Dandelion root contains inulin, which is a polysaccharide (a long chain of sugars used as a food source for the plant). It is found in the milky sap that leaks from the base of the stem when broken. It is thought inulin is responsible for the blood sugar regulating actions of Dandelion root. This implicates this plant in supporting a person with diabetes.

 

Dandelion is one of the most prolific plants, found on every continent. The taproot grows deep down into the earth, which is indicative that on an emotional level Dandelion will help to get to the root of an issue. These roots contain bitter principles (namely, the bitter glycoside taraxacin), which stimulate and promote bile flow, and encourage the breakdown of fats in the body. The detoxifying nature of the root helps to give a clearer picture of the root cause of a dis-ease’.

 

art by Belle Benfield

Dandelion root coffee

 

If Dandelions have done well in your garden, self-seeded and produced a bountiful crop of weeds, why not use the roots to make a delicious caffeine-free coffee.

Wait until the plants are about 912 months old so that the roots are a good size.

Dig, wash, cut, dry and then slowly roast in oven until the pieces are a coffee colour.

Grind when ready to use.

A pinch of salt helps to heighten the flavour and the coffee may be drunk with milk and sweetened with honey.

Older roots and a longer roasting time will create a more intense coffee flavour.

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We also made a fresh dandelion root tincture

during the winter months that we add into our

Drops of Courage……..

Drops of Courage

 

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