Most people think of dandelions as that bothersome weed that needs to be eradicated from their lawn. Not so here at Maine Soap Works. The dandelion is our friend!
You can use every part of the plant. I grew up eating dandelion greens in the spring. My mom and I went into the hay fields with a special knife that she used to cut the greens just below the surface of the ground. She then cleaned them, removed any blossoms, cooked the greens, and served them. (Honestly, I remember not really liking them as a kid as they were bitter. However, if they are picked before they start to bud out, they are not supposed to be bitter.)
Dandelion Tea, made from the roots and greens, contains vitamins (A, C and D), as well as lots of zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium. The dandelion even contains more beta-carotene than carrots (per Livestrong.com).
Let’s not forget about that yellow blossom. As I kid, I remember picking a bouquet of blossoms and putting them in a vase, only to cry when they closed up at night. Now I pick them to make salve! When the blossoms are harvested right at their peek and laid out to dry for several days, their healthy benefits can be infused into oil, which can then be made into salve. We make an extra-rich, extra moisturizing Dandelion Salve for dry, cracked skin. We infuse the dandelion into olive oil and then add Jojoba oil, Calendula Oil, Avocado Oil, and Bees Wax to make our salve. Because of the richness of this salve, a little dab goes a long way.
Every night, I put a little dab of salve on my feet, hands, and elbows. I no longer have white, cracked heals and elbows or red, itchy bumps on my hands (from eczema, which I get when my skin gets too dry).
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