The Misunderstood Dandelion

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     Here in the Hocking Hills, the land around us is beginning to green and the ever popular dandelions are beginning to make their appearance.  This little yellow flower, seen as a weed or a nuisance to many, is an essential to others.

     

     The dandelion has many beneficial qualities. The nutritional value to these little flowers is quite impressive.  The best part is that the whole plant can be used. The leaves are rich in vitamins A, E, K, B1, B2, B6, and vitamin C.  The leaves are also packed with magnesium, iron, copper, and folate.  The flowers are rich in vitamin A. Did you know that the entire dandelion, from its roots to its flower, is edible?

 

     Along with the nutritional values of the dandelion, there are also many medicinal properties.  The dandelion can be made into a tonic to help aid in digestive issues.  The dandelion roots can be used to make a tea that helps relieve bloating, digestion, detox of the liver, and has been known to help reduce urinary tract infections. (Please note that I am not a medical professional, that these statements are parts of research that I have done on the plant and have learned from other herbalists)

     As the world has been impacted by COVID-19, many people have begun to turn to more holistic and natural ways of healing.  They have also started to look for alternative ways to feed their families. This is why it is important to know the different types of plants that are native to your location. The dandelion is a perfect example of an important flower to have. Since it can be both medicinal and they also taste delicious. Many people take the flower head and fry them covered in egg and flower. Please check out : https://www.growforagecookferment.com/dandelion-recipes/ for some interesting recipes using the dandelion!

     Please continue to follow our blog. As we will be posting about a different plants that you can find while foraging or just hiking through the woods on a weekly basis.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at info@thehippiegoat.com. you can also subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date on our most recent blog posts and any new products or sales we may be having in our shop. Thank you for taking the time to read our first blog post!


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