Dandelion, a plant of Jupiter that Rides on the Air April 19 2021

I am so pleased to be talking about the common and incredibly powerful DANDELION.

Spring is here, and while it brings the warmth and joy of early flowers, so too does it bring with it blooming 'weeds' like this wonderful little flower! It is one of our long time favorites to work with as a plant medicine, because literally all parts are edible!

Dandelions are amazing at helping so many things :
from
-reducing inflammation
-improving overall pain relief
-helping to aid digestion
-encouraging the release of toxic buildup
-reducing weight, blood pressure and so much more

HOW can you work with DANDELION MAGICK?

-Harvest golden tops, leaves and dig up that gorgeous root!
Clean them with water.

ROOT : 
Fresh root can be juiced, or cut into tiny pieces and then dehydrated or even roasted YUM, to use for tea as you desire! SO DELICIOUS too and a great coffee replacement for those of you trying to cut down on caffeine. 

LEAVES :
Put freshly cleaned leaves into the refrigerator to prevent wilting. You can pull them out when you are ready to use them. I love to blanch them for just a second in salted hot water and then saute them into any dish that you would use spinach or kale, finishing with a squeeze of lemon. You can even use them fresh, unblanched in a garden pesto replacing some of your basil! It does tend to be a tad bitter, so make sure you are still using some basil so that it doesn't feel overpowering. The leaves are wonderful to help aid in digestion! The smaller the leaves- the more tender the feel in the mouth.

FLOWERS :
To infuse into vinegar for dressings, or choose vodka for an easy anti-inflammatory boost in that cocktail- plus you get a gorgeous golden color!

MAKE MAGICK :
Let flowers air dry for about a week in a clean place. (or use a food dehydrator to make sure they are good and dry). They will wilt and begin to look like the color is a bit muted, no need to worry this means they are losing moisture and that is important so that you don't add more moisture to your chosen liquid- as this will decrease shelf life significantly!
Add flowers to a glass Jar, top off with chosen liquid covering at least one inch above the plant matter. Put lid on tightly and make sure to shake it up.
Let sit in a sunny location for a month, shake it gently everyday. Keep an eye on it, as you may need to add more of your liquid if the plant matter swells above the surface.
Strain and bottle. Make sure to label your Magick Dandelion Potion!
*IF you want to make bitters instead- infuse your vodka with leaf, root and flower! Just make sure to let them wilt for at least a day or two after you clean them up.

ACV infusion can be used for marinades, dressings, and even works wonders on itchy patches of skin! I personally love this infusion for bug bites. Just dab onto a cotton round and pat on the area as needed to cool the itch and inflammation.

Vodka infusion can be used as a tincture- add a few drops to hot tea, juice or water. Or substitute half the vodka in your fav cocktail for your dandelion tincture! This will bring a warm boost to your mood and improve headache.

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VENUSERUM, rosehip serum -- to improve overall complexion and reduce blemishes
SOL, body oil -- to help reduce muscle aches and pains

ENJOY : )

Always drink teas and herbs responsibly. If you are unfamiliar, on medications or pregnant seek medical counsel before using herbs.
ENJOY!



To read a bit more about dandelion- see our blog from years back below!
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Happy Thursday, Thor's Day... yes that's right I said Thor's Day. Also known as Thunor, in Norse mythology, the god of Sky and Thunder. Closely identifying to the Roman God Jupiter, also the god of Sky and Thunder. In Japanese the word Jupiter, Mokuyōbi, translates to "wood star". Wood being strong, and deeply rooted.

Herbs have a way of translating their energy, their essential being into their physical forms.
 For example the dandelion.

So I know you are familiar with them as what you currently think are pesky, annoying, ugly, WEEDS...

The memories I have as a child of picking those glorious fuzzy flowers and blowing!!! Whether it be to make a wish or just to lay back and watch the feather light seeds dance on the wind...
and then, out of nowhere someone getting peeved and telling me, “no, you cannot do that, you’re spreading weeds!” When all along I thought I was spreading wishes.

 Well, I can tell you now I am proud of my dandelion spreading days. They have become a beloved gift in my herb cabinet. You can make the root or leaf into a glorious tea, a bold tincture, or even a wine or beer! Heck, why not try making some delightful dandelion bitters or a dandelion greens pesto while you're at it! So yummy

:Dandelion:
Taraxacum officinale
AKA
Piss-a-Bed, Blowball, Cankerwort, Common Dandelion, Dandelion Herb, Lion’s Tooth, Pissenlit, Priest’s Crown, Swine Snout, White Endive, Wild Endive.

Their very design shows the integrity of their energetic magic!

Ruled by the planet Jupiter, making Thursday, often a wonderful day to consume a delicious, wood-resembling, dandelion root brew.
The ruling element is Air, which I find curious and all the more wonderful. I so badly want to run through a field of dandelion puff balls and watch as they disperse into the air… traveling a distance until they are caught and root and become another lovely yellow puff bearing medicinal flowers, leaves of green, and bitter woody roots full of wonder and power! And the occasional fuzzy seed pod to spread more wishes!

There is mythology and folklore surrounding this nutrient rich plant. Some believe the number of blows it takes to set all the seeds to flight tells you what time of day it is. Others believe that brewing a strong roasted dandelion tea helps to promote psychic powers, and strengthen divination tools.

Modern herbalists, like myself, recommend taking a strong tea of dandelion root to help with a number of ailments.

Helpful for digestion due to their bitter taraxacins, liver de-toxification, helps increase urination (which also will lower blood pressure), works to fight off microbes and fungus, full of antioxidants which help to slow the aging process by preventing free- radical damage to cells, due to the high amounts of natural mucilage dandelion is also helpful for regulating bile production, helping to treat a buildup (Bronchitis) or lack thereof (Constipation). Dandelion also contains essential fatty acids that help to relieve pain and swelling by helping to decrease inflammation.

What is not to love about this fantastically bold, thunderous, applause worthy plant? In a word… nothing! So go brew!