i have always strongly disliked dandelions. the feeling would become especially acute every time i found myself in our yard, yanking up bucket-fulls of cheery, hardy looking dandelions. what made it worse was the thought that these new dandelions were simply results of failed previous uprootings.
i set out this spring with a new goal. i would redeem the dandelion.
so, i did just that this year. i researched the medicinal and dietary benefits of these ground leeches and was quite surprised to find that they are in fact, a well respected healing herb. it is actually quite beloved.
in my research, i found that the leaves are diuretic, high in potassium and extremely high in vitamin A. i found that the roots are liver-strengthening, blood-cleansing, blood building and are high in iron! redemption complete. i spent the day yesterday washing, chopping and drying a 5-gallon bucket full of this crazy plant.
now, i have expanded my herb shelves by adding new jars full of dandelion tinctures and dried leaves for tea!
The dandelion has been redeemed!