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Dandelion – not a weed after all

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How many of us look at a dandelion and see anything other than a weed?

Well…..we played “my momma had a baby and it’s head popped off” with the flowers when I was a kid. (yeah…if you don’t know, don’t ask) So I think about that.

Seriously though,  I’m constantly amazed at how much we overlook in the world when it comes to taking care of ourselves.

Those sunny yellow flowers that little ones make into bouquets for mom, are actually full of antioxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids and minerals that support and protect your cells, soothe skin irritations and nourish our skin. Yes, DANDELIONS.

Dandelion greens are packed with nutrients (if you pick them though make sure no one has used any kind of weed killer on them)

According to Dr. Axe, One cup of dandelion greens contains:

25 calories
42 milligrams of sodium
218 milligrams of potassium
5 grams of carbohydrates
7 percent dietary fiber
535 percent vitamin K
111 percent vitamin A
32 percent vitamin C
5 percent vitamin B6
10 percent calcium
9 percent iron
5 percent magnesium 

Makes you look at those “weeds” in a whole new light.

Dandelions contain high levels of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which is known to provide strong protection against cellular damage and oxidative stress.They’re also rich in another category of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are found in the highest concentration in the flower but are present in the roots, leaves and stems as well

Every part of the plant is good for you – I whether you’re eating the leaves in a salad, making tea out the roots, or adding it to salves and lotions.

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How can dandelion help spoonies in particular?

Inflammatory Response

Dandelion contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that all work to support a healthy inflammatory response throughout the body. This can soothe joint/muscle discomfort. 

Immune Support

Dandelion supports healthy immune function, specifically in regards to microbes and fungi.

Skin Issues

Creating a salve with Dandelion can support many skin issues: Moistruizer, bites, burns, cuts, scrapes, rough/cracked skin, baby butts, chapped lips you get the picture.

Also, that milky white substance that you get on your fingers when you break a dandelion stem? It’s actually amazing for your skin.   You can use it to ease itching or irritation from a variety of skin issues. 

So besides dandelion salad, how else can I use it?

Dandelion Tea

Dandelion root makes a tasty cup of tea.  And I picked up some in the bulk spices area of Sprouts the other day so no, you don’t have to dig up plants to make a cup of tea.

Infused oil

Infusing dandelion flowers (or the root) in an oil such as jojoba, grapeseed, avocado, or apricot kernel can give you an amazing base for salves and lotions. (here are some tips from Mommypotamus) If you’re using the flowers though, be sure to rinse them thoroughly to remove any critters and then allow to dry out before add ing them to your oil. Warming the container in a crock pot speeds the infusing process or cover and let the jar sit for a few weeks. I used the root for the following salve since I didn’t have any flowers available. 

Dandelion Skin Salve

dandelion3/4 cup dandelion root infused grapeseed oil 
1/2 cup unrefined organic coconut oil
3 Tablespoons beeswax
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
15 drops doTERRA Lavender essential oil
15 drops doTERRA Melaleuca (Tea Tree) essential oil
10 drops doTERRA Frankincense essental oil
Tins or jars

Melt the oils and beeswax using a double boiler (or a pyrex measuring cup and saucepan like me). Once melted, whisk in the arrowroot and stir in essential oils. Pour into prepared tins. We filled about 10 2oz tins with this recipe.

Check out my Amazon Idea List for Salve Making for ingredients and container suggestions 

Use this salve for skin issues of just about any kind.

If I wanted this salve to be for sore muscles/joints, I’d swap out the oils for like Peppermint, Frankincense and/or Deep Blue.   If you’re interested in having oils on hand to make these salves plus be able to tackle hundreds of other issues, take a look at this set. You get a lot of perks with it too. If you’ve got questions, hit me up!

 

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