How’s it go with Dandelions – they are good for wishing ~ No?
Yep, it’s Spring and this means … sneezing, allergies and Onion Weed if you live here in the Hills. That’s the pong that hits you as you venture out in to the Spring! But there are soon to be an abundance of Dandelion Flowers. These little plants come out in Spring to help us with many many things.
Firstly – the dried root made in to a Tincture, by soaking in strong brandy (the medicine of choice for Herbalists), or the leaf or the flower – made in to an infusion or tea. There are many many ways to use the Dandelion but conveniently it will help wake up the liver from the long sleep it’s had over winter. Yep the humble Dandelion will detox and restore the olde liver. But that’s not all …
Some of us, puff up in the shock of heat after a long winter. The body just slurps up water and hangs on to it in manner of Scout Camps! At the ready for a variety of cooling needs. But … this can be very uncomfortable. Shoes don’t fit, feel blown up like a puffer fish. Sound familiar ladies? Puffer Fish no more … Dandelion to the rescue. You can use both the leaf and the root as a diuretic. The leaves have more potassium … but wee you will and help you’ll have because more comfortable you’ll feel. Celery and Watermelon will do the same thing.
You can also … make a delicious Summer Wine from Dandelion Flowers. Make sure you don’t include any stalk. I understand … have been meaning to make this Wine for several years. I always get organised after the Dandelion has gone to seed. Need petals to make the Wine. MAture for at least 12 months, so I have heard – mellows the taste to something that approximates Mead. Enticing … here is a recipe I intend to try out this Summer. So … soon.
Early in the morning when the dew is on the flowers, pick one gallon of perfect, open dandelion blossoms.
Put the flowers in a two gallon or larger open crock and pour boiling water over them. Cover the crock with cheesecloth and let it sit at room temperature for three days. Then squeeze all the juice outta the flowers, throw them away and save the liquid.
Put the liquid into a big pot and add:
3 lbs. sugar (we used brown raw sugar for healthiness but next time we’ll try honey for healthierness. The nice lady used white (ugh) sugar.)
3 or 4 lemons, juice, skin, seeds, etc., all chopped up.
3 or 4 oranges, chopped
Boil mixture for 30 minutes with top on pot, cool to lukewarm, pour into crock and add 1 1/2 or 2 packages or tablespoons of yeast. Cover with cheesecloth and let brew sit for two or three weeks ’til the bubbling stops and — whammy!
Filter through cheesecloth to strain out chunks and save vitamins. Bottle.