Benefits of Dandelions + Dandelion Recipes

Monday, April 24, 2017

Did you know that a cancer fighting medicine is probably growing in your yard right now? DANDELIONS! I find it such a coincidence that this plant that has so many health benefits- is known by everyone as a weed......hmmmmmm......

I feel like dandelions are the mother of all healing plants. They are literally amazing for everything and all parts of the plants are beneficial! Dandelions are a natural detoxifier as they cleanse the liver and kidneys. They aide in things like digestion, hormone imbalances, insulin production, weight loss, and much more! They are rich in many vitamins including vitamin A, B2, C, and K. Dandelions are an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and are known to kill cancer cells. Recent studies have shown that dandelion root has killed cancer cells within 48 hours!!

Dandelions are also amazing for aiding in everyday ailments such as a headache, a stomachache, hangovers, caffeine withdrawals, acne, etc. This little "weed" is so much more powerful than we thought!

I enjoy throwing some dandelion greens into my daily smoothies or into salads. My bunny also loves them! Dandelion root tea has been on my to-make list for a while but I haven't gotten to it yet. I had read that all parts of the dandelion are edible, so I decided to do something with the hundreds of beautiful flowers we had in our yard! I ended up making some flower tea and then used a little bit of that tea to make dandelion syrup!

There's something about "farm-to-table" that is so deeply satisfying. I live in the suburbs so we're not so much a farm over here yet. But it's more-so the act of taking something growing in your yard and having it end up on the table that is so fulfilling and rewarding.

Dandelion Tea
What you need:
3 cups of dandelion flowers from an UNTREATED yard! (If you spray your lawn with chemicals I do NOT recommend this recipe)
4 cups of filtered water

I read so many recipes for dandelion tea and each person did something different. Some people steeped their flowers for an hour, some for 15 minutes, some overnight and all the recipes turned out. I have a feeling that no matter how you make this, it will work. I ended up steeping mine for about 5 hours and it turned out great!

Step 1: Cut the green off of the dandelion flowers. This is not necessary as all parts of dandelions are edible but I have read that it makes the tea bitter. I also figured since the flowers have to steep it would work better if the petals were loose.

Step 2: Boil 4 cups of water and add your dandelion flowers. After my flowers were cut, I ended up getting about 3 cups worth which ended up being a good amount. You can steep this for as long as you want- overnight, for an hour, etc. I steeped mine for about 5 hours.

Step 3: Strain the petals out of the tea using either a colander or cheesecloth, getting as much liquid as you can out of them.

Step 4: Voila! Now you have dandelion tea! Store it in the fridge, drink it plain, sweeten it with honey or sugar OR use it to make dandelion honey!

Dandelion Syrup
What you need:
1/2 cup of Dandelion tea
1/2 cup of organic unrefined cane sugar
a squeeze of lemon juice

I typically do not like a lot of sugar in things and mainly use honey more, but I thought it would be fun to try something different and at least sneak in some nutrients from the dandelions. I used organic, unrefined, cane sugar which is better than refined white sugar.

Step 1: Combine sugar, dandelion tea, and lemon in a pot and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. The longer it simmers the thicker the syrup will get. It will also get thicker when it cools.

Step 2: Let the syrup cool and store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

Step 3: Enjoy! I can't wait to use this syrup for sweetening tea and lemonade, and drizzling on homemade bread and waffles.

My next project is dandelion root tea which is even better for you! I'll let you know how that goes :)

If you want to learn more about dandelions and cancer, check out these articles:
Cancer Fighting Medicine In Your Yard
Three Healthy Teas for Cancer Prevention
Dandelion Root Treatment

More dandelion recipes:
Dandelion Bread
Dandelion Tuna Salad
Dandelion Jelly
Dandelion Greens

1 comment

  1. Woahh!! Did you take that last picture of the Mason Jar? It looks so freakin cool!

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