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Golden Power of Dandelions

AKA: Puff Ball, Lion’s Head, Monk’s Head, Cankerwort, Lion’s Tooth

Propagation/Description: Dandelions are not native to the American continents and is considered by most of North America to be an invasive weed. Dandelions grow from seeds and do not spread asexually from stolons or runner; they have a single tap root. However, they can and do reproduce asexually by seed. They are capable of producing viable seed without need of cross-fertilization, a process known as "apomixis". Dandelions grow in sun or shade, but for better tasting greens a partial to full shade location is ideal. The best soil for dandelion seed growing is characteristically rich, fertile, well-draining, slightly alkaline, and soft down to 10 inches (25 cm.) deep because dandelion roots grow deep. Dandelions are low-maintenance plants that thrive in USDA hardiness zones 3–9. With a germination rate of about 10 to 14 days, dandelion seeds can be planted from early spring (about six weeks before the last frost) through late summer or early fall. They can grow in soil temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, though they prefer a warmer climate. Dandelions can be harvested throughout the spring growing season. The longer that you leave dandelions to grow, the more bitter they taste. Dandelion blossoms should be picked when the flower heads are a full, bright yellow, which is usually right after they have opened.

Folklore/History: It was brought over from Europe with the settlers in the 1600’s and was used frequently in their diets as well as used medicinally. The Native American people would say the Dandelion would grow wherever the heel of the white people stepped. Dandelions were mentioned in mythology and folklore all the way back into the greet mythology and early Chinese medicine. The Chinese were the first, documented anyway, to associate its properties in the aid of blood purification and boosting the immune system. Native to Asia and Europe, the dandelion has been recorded in ancient writings, and Arabian physicians used the plant in medicine in the tenth and eleventh centuries. For centuries, the Chinese and Indians have grown the dandelion to treat liver diseases and digestive problems.

Medicinal: uses of this beautifully wild plant. There are so many medicinal uses I have not found one site so far that doesn’t have something the others did not have. Dandelions are one of the most beneficial plants I have found thus far which is why it has become one of my favorites. (Not including the fact that it was one of my grandmother’s as well). They help the body dispose of unwanted skin bacteria, stimulate digestion, clean the liver of toxins, reduce excess hormones, is a gentle laxative, natural diuretic, reduce blood sugar levels, reduces UTI’s and their symptoms, treat Worts and other skin abnormalities and a huge list of other benefits! The leaves can be used in salads or dried and used in a tea. The stems and roots can be used in tinctures or salves. Dandelions contain a number of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.

Spiritual: They symbolizes love, wishes, aids in divination, luck, abundance, and positive energy. It also aids in helping to alleviate grief and bitterness. All the produce the ability to heal and protect us and bring a positive brightness that can be described as nothing but sun energy! Who doesn’t want that!?

Summary: So much goodness in such a little but intrusive plant shows that this plant is durable and strong and so must it’s uses be. Strong and durable! Faithful and True! So, now is the time of year you will see those little things in your yard. Now is the time to go out each morning and harvest those little pockets of gold. While most of our society are wishing them gone take a moment to switch your perspective and learn to love what the earth is giving us! Magic and health all in one. So don’t hate, APPRECIATE!!!


Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier, FNIMH, Page 141

The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies; The healing Power of Plant Medicine by Dr. Nicole Apelian, PH.D & Claude Davis, Pages 68-70

Medicinal Herbs; A Beginners Guide by Rosemary Gladstar, Pages 124-128

The Magic of Flowers, A Guide to Their Metaphysical Uses & Properties by Tess Whitehurst, Pages 129-132

Plant Witchery by Juliet Diaz, Pages 143-144

Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham, Pages 99-100

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