Antioxidants, dandalion, Protects Bones, Skin Salves, Vitamin A, Vitamin K -

Spring has sprung for me

Spring has sprung for me

Collecting Dandelions and infusing for this years salves.

                 

Dandelion (Taraxicum officinale) Dandelions are an excellent source of food and medicine and most often thought of as nothing more than a pesky weed. They are invasive and grow in every crack and crevice. Im am grateful for this.

Dandelion leaves, flowers, and roots are all edible. They have a bitter flavor that can be minimized by harvesting them in the early spring or late fall.  The young leaves are more tender and less bitter, making a great addition to raw salads (I mix the dandalion greens with Arugula). Cooking dandelion cuts the bitter flavor of both the leaves and the roots.

  • I use the infused oil for my skin salves, and body butters thru out the year. I find that they are not only luxuriously feeling but also highly nourishing for our tired older skin.
Antioxidants   Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells. It is rich in vitamin C and vitamin A as beta-carotene and increases the liver's production of superoxide dismutase.
Supports & Cleanses the Liver
Protects Bones Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body and dandelions contain 10 percent of your daily value.  
High in Vitamin K  
Fights Diabetes  
Fights Skin Infections
Rich in Fiber

Good Source of Vitamin A.

How to make the Infused Dandelion oil

  • Make sure that the flowers haven’t been sprayed with anything toxic. Gather your flowers. I usually gather two quarts packed. 
  • Pack a quart jar half full with your flowers and then pour your oil to fill the rest of the jar. Take a skewer and just run it around thru the flowers so their are no air bubbles and all the flowers are covered with oil. (Now I have tried many different types of oils to defuse in but my favorite is Jojoba. Yes I know it's a wax but I have found that the other oils no matter how high quality they are they always seem to go rancid. I like to have my infusions around for winter.) You can use what you choose. I have done small batches and infused in wonderful Avocado oil.           SO GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN.
  • Let sit in a dark warm place for a week. (Sometimes what I do is heat the jars in a double boiler, it gets a jump start on the infusion.)
Will keep you posted in a couple of week when I strain the infusion.

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