Herb of the Month: Dandelion

danedlionTaraxacum officinale, is the botanical name for the dandelion.  Dandelions can be found growing in temperate regions of the world, in lawns, on roadsides and areas with moist soils. T. officinale is sometimes used as a medicinal herb and in food preparation. Dandelions grow from 2.0–15 inches tall. The stems can appear to have a purple tint; they produce flower heads yield bright yellow to orange colored petals. The leaves are typically 2.0–16 inches long and 0.5–4 inches wide and oblong in shape.  The petals will mature into white tufts that are easily dispersed in the wind, carrying the necessary elements for dandelions to reproduce.

There are unique magickal properties associated with the dandelion: the gender is masculine; the planetary association is Jupiter; it’s associated element is Air; and dandelion is associated with the Deity, Hecate.  Dandelion can be utilized for divination, wishes and calling spirits.  Dandelion can also be magickally used for communicating with spirits, healing, purification and defeating negativity. If you carry it on your person in sachets and charms your wishes will come true. Dandelion can also be used in dream pillows & sachets for sleep protection. If you bury dandelion in northwest side of yard you will draw good luck. Drinking dandelion tea or coffee will promote psychic powers; you can also leave a cup of this hot infusion by the bed to call spirits.

Traditionally, dandelions have often appeared in spring and summer rituals. They are often woven into garlands, wreaths, and ropes to be worn or draped across altars. Towards autumn, one can use the silvery orbs to adorn your altar for Lammas, Mabon, or Samhain.

Divination Bath

  • 3 parts rose
  • 3 parts dandelion
  • 2 parts yarrow
  • 1 part patchouli

Directions:

  1. Place all in a satchel and place in a pot of water.
  2. Bring to a boil and then pour the water and the satchel into a bath.

 

Iced Dandelion Tea

  • 1 quart of dandelion flowers (or more)- Pick fresh and use only the yellow parts.
  • 3 quarts of cold water
  • 1 cup of hot (not quite boiling) water
  • Juice 4 limes
  • 2-3 tablespoons sweetener or choice
  • ½ cup dried red raspberry leaf (optional but certainly makes this extra delicious)

Directions:

  1. Rinse dandelions well with cool water.
  2. In pot, pour the hot water over your choice of sweetener and the dried red raspberry leaf (if using) and stir well.
  3. Let steep 5-8 minutes and then strain the herbs.
  4. Add the juice of the limes to the strained liquid and then allow the water to cool.
  5. Next, add the dandelion flowers and mix gently. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until completely chilled and enjoy!

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– Ruth David
Utopia’s Path Tea Shoppe & Apothecary

 

 

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