Could there truly be 25 uses for the dandelion plant? There’s definitely more than 25 uses, but let’s start with a few excellent tips which I gleaned from some amazing homesteading friends!
Was there ever a time when you considered dandelions to be weeds? Maybe this thought never occurred to you as a homesteading adult, but I know as a kid you didn’t look at them and think, ‘Ohhhh, this is an herb with many amazing qualities!’.
Well, maybe some of you did, but I sure didn’t. I remember picking a handful of dandelion flowers singing, ‘momma had a baby and it’s head popped off’…popping off the yellow blossom from the stem. That was my childhood in a nutshell and I’m willing to bet it was many of yours as well!
As a homesteader I now look at the dandelion and map out how I can get through the land of Google making the plethora of items found there. Trust me when I say, there are a ton of things you can do with the dandelion plant, you just need to find the time.
With that in mind I decided to help you out and share my Top 25 – I am going to one day make all these things – List. You’re so very welcome, enjoy!
Food Items and Baked Goods
If you do not have a nice dandelion field available to you I’d suggest you find one! These amazing recipes will have you cooking with the dandelion plant all summer long.
- Dandelion Peanut Butter
- Strawberry Dandelion Cake with Berry Cream Frosting
- Dandelion Sunshine Cookies
- Dandelion Honey Butter
- Dandelion Flower Fritters
- Dandelion Bread
- Dandelion Pesto
- Dandelion Egg Noodles
- Dandelion Salad with a Pecan Vinaigrette
Canning & Preservering
Eventually, the season for harvesting dandelions will come to end, but you don’t have to go without during the winter months. Here are 2 methods for preserving parts of the plant:
Chia, Tea and Spirits
Did you know you could make spirits with dandelion flower, let along make coffee with the root?!
- Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee
- Dandelion Mead
- Harvesting Dandelion Root Tea
- Roasted Dandelion Root Chia
- Dandelion Wine
There are so many uses for this amazing herbs, it’s hard to list them all! I am only touching on a few, but would love for you to leave a comment with what your favorite medicinal use for this plant is.
- Dandelion Magnesium Lotion for Muscle Cramps
- Harvesting and Using Dandelion Root-The Natural Detoxifier
- Gardener’s and Farmer’s Hand Cream
- Six Wild Plants to Harvest Now
- Dandelion Root Bitters
- Naturally Boosting My Milk Production with Mother’s Milk Tea
- Using Dandelions for Food and Medicine
- 12 Things to Make with Dandelion Flowers
Of course we aren’t able to think of dandelions without thinking of the bees; I think you will find these two blogs pretty informative in regards to how harvesting the flower will affect the bees.
We really could have covered quite a bit more on this amazing herb, but this gives you some great tips to start with. I encourage you to search the land of Google for further recipes and tips, you’re going to be amazed at what you will find!