DANDELION ELIXIR

Posted by Michelle Childs on

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is used medicinally and as an edible. The whole plant has value. Dandelion is very nutritious, having more vitamins and minerals than most vegetables. The young leaves are less bitter in early spring and make a delicious addition to a salad. The flowers are eaten raw in salads or steeped as a tea. The dried roots make a delicious substitute for coffee.

There are many recipes to be found on the many ways to use dandelion flowers. Here I make an elixir. A sweet flavored concoction that is used for medicinal purposes. This is one of my favorite ways to use dandelion flowers. A delicious syrup that can be taken for:

Alleviates pain associated with headaches, backaches, and menstrual cramps
Anti-depressant
Antioxidants
Contains Vitamin A and Vitamin B12
Promotes blood circulation
Relieves stomach cramps
Supports night vision
May even improve the immune system

Dandelion flowers contain many of the same benefits as the whole plant but in a milder dose and much sweeter I might add. The roots contain a large percentage of the nutrition and make a great fall activity of harvesting the various roots such as burdock, yellow dock, and nettle. These can be dried and added to soups or tinctured individually or together. I like to tincture together to harness the synergy of the roots combined.

Since dandelions grow abundantly wild here at Cheshire Fields I have no problems harvesting enough. If you don’t have time to make anything else out of dandelions, I highly encourage you to try this one. Only takes a small amount of your time. Make sure any herbs you wild forage for is away from roads and in areas that are not sprayed with chemicals.

RECIPE:
2 Cups Slightly packed Dandelion Flowers
12oz Brandy
12oz Raw Honey
1 Quart Ball Jar



INSTRUCTIONS:
Pick flowers after the dew has dried. You can either cut the green off with scissors or pinch between fingers and squish, the flowers push up and I just pull from the green part. Some green won’t hurt so don’t worry if you get some in your mix. I add these to jar and gently tap the jar until it reaches the 2 cup mark on the side of the jar. Next cover the flowers with brandy. Top with honey. I didn’t bother stirring at this point as the honey is very thick (I used buckwheat honey). Set in a warm place for 24 hours. I set mine on top of the hot water heater as spring here in Michigan are unpredictable and sometimes very cold. After 24 hours I checked to see if the honey has warmed. I found the honey had settled to the bottom of the jar. No worries. You may need to add more brandy if the dandelions are poking above. It should be warmed enough from the hot water heater and I just shook the jar a bit. Not all of it mixed. I left it for another 24 hours to continue infusing on top of the hot water heater. After day two of shaking, all the honey has fully incorporated into mixture. Leave it to infuse for 2-3 weeks shaking it daily or when you think about it. After steeping for set amount of time, strain, rebottle, label, and date it.

DOSAGE:
You can take this however you want. You can do a 1/2 dropper full a day or when feeling achy you can take a 1/2 dropper full every 1-2 hours until symptoms subside. Really, it’s like sunshine in a bottle!

Disclaimer: Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat and cure or prevent disease. Personally, I make these home remedies that I have researched and used myself. I encourage you to empower yourself with your own health and do your own research.

 

 

10 comments


  • Hi
    I love the benefits of dandelion, but don’t like digesting it, you have found a rather ‘sweeter’ way to make the medicine go down.
    Question: Can I ‘can’ this Elixir, heat seal it and will it last (and draw) to a decent strength so only a diluted teaspoon is all that is needed. Will it last if canning methods are used?

    Kindest regards
    Marina

    Marina on

  • Thank you for this great recipe! Does the Elixir need to be refrigerated or can it be left out? Made a double batch by the way!

    Michael on

  • What a lovely concoction! Never thought to make an elixir out of dandelions but now totally makes sense.

    Anya on

  • Love all the great ways we can use dandelion! I make syrups just like this. Good traditional recipe!
    Syrups are a splendid way to enjoy the benefits as a tonic, and I find that they are well received by all members of the family— in differing doses.. Thanks for a great post. The more folks choose to defend our beloved dandys.. the less people will be incline to try to kill them!

    Carol@studiobotanica on

  • Love this recipe.

    Anna@GreenTalk on

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