Making Dandelion Vinegar: From Mom To Mom16 comments
Just wanting to be the first to wish you all Happy Mother’s Day!
And I am talking to anyone, of any gender, who have raised children or not. Everyone is included because we all have some mothering skills at our disposal that we use to care for our loved ones and to care for ourselves. Or how else would we survive?
What better way to celebrate mother’s day is there than celebrating our Mother? Spring is marvelous! Through the flowers and fresh greenery we are reminded of the bounty of the earth. The sun, tree blossoms, bright green grass, and long days lighten our souls after the cold, dark winter. Everywhere I look it is breathtaking!
Last year I began studying herbal remedies, and making infusions and tinctures from the using the weeds and roots I have right outside my door. I have been particularly been fascinated with dandelions, since they are so plentiful. And so incredible!
In these last few weeks, I am consuming, not only the plant, but all of the information I can find about it.
Did you know dandelions were brought to North American by the pilgrims? They used them as medicine. Dandelions are amazing because you can eat the entire plant, blossoms, leaves and roots.
Because dandelion roots grow so deep, they pick up loads of nutrients from the soil. So dandelions are considered a natural multivitamin. You can add green or the roots to soups for added nutrition.
Dandelion Blossom Tea
Mostly I have been drinking dandelion tea. I just go out and fill my mug 1/3 with dandelion blossoms from my yard (I use no chemicals on my yard, of course), pour hot (not boiling) water over and cover for ten minutes. I add one teaspoon of organic honey.
It is delicious, and good for me. It is known to be a diuretic, help headaches and depression (or general stress)!
You can also dry the blossoms, leaves and roots to make a very nutritional tea. Did you know you can make coffee from the dried and ground dandelion root? (I haven’t tried that yet, but I plan to.)
Making Dandelion Vinegar
For all the women in my family I have made some dandelion vinegars. It is so easy!
Have a clean glass jar with a top.
Fill with dandelion blossoms and a few leaves. Gently stuff them compact with your knuckles.
Pour apple cider vinegar to the top of the jar and put the top on. Leave in cool dark space for 3-6 weeks.* All of the nutrients come out of the blossoms and into the vinegar.
*Anytime you pick an herb, get it out of the sun as soon as possible.
Then use vinegar for soups and salads and even eat the soaked blossoms.
So there you have it. To Moms from Mother Earth!
Did you ever notice how beautiful a dandelion blossom is? Look up close, it is like seeing it for the first time. So often we been brought up to think of them as menaces. But they are actually quite gorgeous. It can remind us to look again at things we have taken for granted, maybe they are quite different than we have assumed!
Happy Mother’s Day!
Jodi Aman / /