Making Dandelion Vinegar: From Mom To Mom

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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!

dandelion benefits

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.

dandelion vinegar

 

Fill with dandelion blossoms and a few leaves. Gently stuff them compact with your knuckles.

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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!

dandelion vinegars

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!

dendelion vinegar

 


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16 Comments

Harleena [email protected] Writer

Hi Jodi,

Happy Mother’s Day to you as well – in advance 🙂

This is an informative post about dandelion’s and all it’s goodness. I never knew it had so many! I just wish we had this flower our end too.

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

You don’t have them in India? I thought that they were all over the world. I know they have them in Europe….

Tina Barbour

Happy Mother’s Day to you, Jodi! The jars full of dandelions are so pretty. I didn’t know of all the goodness in a dandelion. My late grandfather made dandelion wine, but I never tasted any. I’ve always liked dandelions, too, and I don’t see them as a weed to get rid of. My husband, on the other hand, doesn’t like them in the lawn! 🙂
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

I used to not like them either but now I have learned better. I made some wine, it’ll be ready in a few more weeks!

Nikky44

I “googled” now images for dandelion leaves as I didn’t know the flower, and I was surprised it’s something I have used so often! There are 3 different Lebanese dishes that I prepare with dandelion leaves.
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Now you have them a plenty where you are!

Beverly Diehl

What a wonderful idea! Mind you, I live in suburbia, where there seem to be two kinds of yards: concrete, or artfully landscaped to bits.

Still, there must be SOMEWHERE I can harvest some dandelions. Maybe the local park…
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

I hope you found a place. xo

Monica

Love this post, Jodi. I didn’t know the value of dandelions. And the vinegar concoction looks wonderful. Who would have thought dandelions could be good for you?? Thanks for sharing–and Happy Mother’s Day to you, too!
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Dandelions in a jar…

Bella

Jodi, we learn from you every day! Like Monica, I had no idea dandelions could be used for this purpose! I love vinegar and there are plenty of dandelions everywhere we go here. Any idea on how to clean them without damaging the flower or its nutritional properties? I ask because we live in a walk up and sadly don’t have a garden. Hence, I’d have to pick the dandelions from the park. let me know, friend! I can’t wait for you to try the dandelion coffee. Please tweet about it or better yet, write a post! Hugs! 🙂
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Try to find a place that has been less trambled, like on a hill or something. I have harvested from places. I will try the coffee this summer and definitely let you know!

Laura Zera

We don’t use any chemicals either so have lots of dandelions. I’ve never actually tried to use them for anything, but I am going to now! Dandelion tea will be first, and it’s good timing because my acupuncturist told me to avoid cold liquids. I’m all tea all the time now! 😛
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Jodi Lobozzo Aman

How did you like it?

Shubham Soamni

It’s just awesome….firstly Happy mother’s day to all….the content you written in your post is uncomparable…..i like it to much…this is about dandelion’s and it’s goodness….

Jodi Lobozzo Aman

Thank you!


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