That's right it's Dandelion time again!
Please don't break out the weed killer because this is one you want to keep around and eat believe it or not. (Beneficial pollinators love them too)
The latin name for Dandelion is Taraxacum Officinale that name comes from the greek meaning Taraxos= Disorder and Achos=remedy.
So Dandelion has been known as a remedy for disorders.
All parts of the Dandelion are edible and can be used medicinally and as food. They are known around the world to be a wonderful spring tonic rich in vitamins and minerals..
The leaves should be harvested from an unsprayed area while still somewhat small as the larger they get the more bitter they are.
Bitters though can be good for you and help to stimulate the digestive organs to help to wake them up after a long winter.
The leaf has a diuretic effect (helps kidneys clear out waste and excess water) stimulating urination and without depleting potassium . The root has more of an affinity for the liver and gallbladder helping to push out toxins and digest fats.
Fun Folklore about the Dent-de-lion (a name from the french)
-Send a message to a loved one blow the seed head in their direction and visualize a message to them.
-Bury in the NW corner of you home to bring favorable winds
- In the Victorian era it symbolized wishes, welcome, and the sun, the yellow color is for communication, clarity, healing, growth, and joy
Here are some ways I like to use different parts of the plant. (Don't forget to wash them first)