Useful Weeds: Dandelions
Updated: Apr 15, 2022
Every season brings new life and growth here on the farm, and we suspect it is the same where you live. Even if you only have a small front yard you will likely find different growth of various plants and "weeds". When we lived in the city, we are now ashamed to admit that we spent time spraying many "weeds" in our yard with toxic chemicals in order to make it acceptable to neighbors and our home owner's association.
Now that we are on a farm, we look at these so-called weeds very differently. And now we have even more opportunity to USE all that is on the land. So each season, we will be presenting information on some of our local growing "weeds" and how you can make use of them in your area.
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the month of April, we start seeing the dandelions bloom at a rapid pace. Where we used to dig, pull and spray them, now we love to see as many as possible so we can HARVEST them!
Here is why....
BENEFITS OF DANDELIONS
The benefits of dandelions extend from its roots to its flower! The whole thing can be safely consumed, providing an abundance of nutrients our bodies need.
are high in vitamin A, K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6
contain a lot of iron which helps support healthy red blood cells.
also contain potassium, which helps regulate our heartbeat and blood pressure, as well as other essential minerals like folate, magnesium, and copper
are immune system boosters
can help balance our blood sugar levels, relieve heartburn, and soothe common digestive issues
can be eaten raw, and, unlike most foods, they don’t lose their nutrients when you cook them!
Sources: A Better Way To Thrive, USDA
CREATIVE USES FOR DANDELIONS
Dandelions can be used to make:
and even cookies!
A quick online search will find you a whole list of amazing recipes for dandelions, from teas to bread!
Check out our Sunny Dandelion Botanical soap and try it for yourself!