Learn how to use dandelion flowers, the greens and root for food, beverages, and as a holistic remedy for ailments. The uses and benefits for the dandelion plant are great in so many ways. Learn how to cook with the flowers and leaves, or make coffee and tea with the roots. However, nothing greater than discovering the holistic uses for such a little plant.
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Imagine a world where the dandelion plant is not considered a weed but a beneficial staple for every home, farm, and homestead. The uses for this incredible plant are great, and though I only listed 25, you can be sure that there are more uses than what is listed below.
Once you begin using the flowers in baked goods, the leaves to make pesto, or the root in your tea, I can promise you this, you will never consider the dandelion to be an invasive weed again.
How to Use Dandelion Flowers
The petals of the dandelion flower are quite delicious and add a beautiful yellow color to your baked goods and jelly. With that said, the flower head which holds the petals in place can cause a bitter taste if not carefully removed.
Here are some easy recipes using the dandelion flower:
- Dandelion Flower Jelly
- Dandelion Peanut Butter Cookies
- Strawberry Dandelion Cake with Berry Cream Frosting
- Sunshine Cookies
- Honey Butter
- Flower Fritters
- Dandelion Wine
How to use Dandelion Greens
Eventually, the season for harvesting dandelion flowers will come to end, but you don’t have to go without during fall and winter months. The dandelion greens are available until they are covered with snow. Learn how to utilize the dandelions greens in the recipes below.
- Make Dandelion Pesto and Save the Goodness for Later – freeze for later
- Dandelion Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette
- Egg Noodles using Dandelion Leaves – freeze for later
How to Use Dandelion Root
Grab your root digger and start harvesting the dandelion root. You will either love or dislike the taste the root has to offer, but either way, it is extremely beneficial. Learn how to use the dandelion root to make teas and coffee.
- Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee
- Dandelion Mead
- Harvesting Dandelion Root Tea
- Roasted Dandelion Root Chia
A quick tip, dehydrating the root will allow you to have a delicious hot beverage throughout the winter months.
Holistic uses for the Dandelion Plant
There are so many uses for this amazing herb that it is difficult to list them all. We touched on the flower, leaves, and root, now let’s touch on how to use the plant for medicinal uses.
- 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, you cannot think about dandelions without thinking about the bees. Many will argue that the dandelions should not be picked as they feed the bees. This is a true statement, however, there are more than enough dandelions to feed both, the bees and the humans, which consume them.