Today I made a salad using the dandelion leaves I collected. It was a quick easy little salad to make. I would say it only took 15-20 minutes to put it all together. If you don’t like bitter leaves you can substitute the dandelion leaves for something else but I highly recommend dandelion anything. I don’t consider dandelions a “weed”. In fact I don’t like that term at all when not applied to invasive species. Every life has its place in this ecosystem and in the energy of the area so sure weed your garden but try your best to respect the life you have taken away by saying a prayer for the plants soul(s) or try transplanting them.
Anyway. Dandelions have amazing health benefits. Their leaves and root are natural diuretics (for anyone who isn’t medically inclined this means it makes you urinate) which helps with anyone who retains water. The dandelion leaves are also high in iron, vitamin A, calcium and folic acid like many bitter greens. It can help anyone who suffers from anemia or anyone who simply wants to have better circulation.
For anyone of the Wiccan persuasion, it is often used in wishing. In fact when kids take one of the white puffs, makes a wish, and then blows the seeds out to be carried by the air, it can be considered a simple wish spell. It uses the elements air and earth to help carry the wish out to the universe.
I digress. Here is my recipe for the salad I made.
Dandelion leaves, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cucumber, and Sliced almonds.
1tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs honey
a squirt of lemon
1 tsp rose water
note: makes only one serving for one person. It can be adjusted for a larger group.