20+ ways to use dandelions!

Dandelions! It’s almost time for our lawns to be full of them. (I know some people aren’t as thrilled as me)

To me, dandelions really represent spring. My kids get so excited to see them popping up in the yard and run around collecting them.

20+ ways to use dandelions!

Not only are they pretty, they are functional. They are used as medicine, food and body care products. How cool is that?

Dandelions happen to be one of my favorite gentle herbs for liver cleanser.

Dandelion roots are in one of my favorite herbal bitter blends.

I’ve made dandelion cookies with my kids.

And who doesn’t love to blow their beautiful seeds into the air while your kids chase them?

Are you interested in learning a bit more? Here are 20+ ways to use dandelions!

20+ ways to use dandelions!

Recipes:
Dandelion Fritters from Red and Honey
Dandelion Greens Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette from Divine Health from the Inside
Dandelion Pesto and Dandelion Jam from Dairy of a First Child
Super Foods Cinnamon Coffee Latte from A Harmony Healing
Dandelion Fritters from Keeper of the Kitchen
Dandelion Jelly from Prairie Land Herbs
Dandelion Pesto and Dandelion Jam from Dairy of a First Child
Wilted Dandelion Greens with Toasted Mustard Seed from The Nourished Kitchen
The Dandy Dandelion with Dandelion Flower Fritters from Delicious Obsessions

Body Care:
Dandelion Lotion Bars from The Nerdy Farmwife
All Natural Summer Hair Care from Free People
Whipped Dandelion and Coconut Moisturizer from The Nerdy Housewife
Dandelion Lip Balm from Scratch Mommy
Dandelion Salve from The Nerdy Farmwife

Medicinal:
Spring Tonic Honey from The Nerdy Farmwife
Detox with Dandelion Tea from Life from the Ground Up
Butterscotch Detox Tea from It’s a Love/Love Thing
Scandinavian Dandelion Syrup from The Nerdy Farmwife
Dandelion Vinegar from Susan Weed
How to Make Dandelion Root Tea from Crafty Little Gnome
Detox and Heal your Life with Yoga and Herbs from Spirit Healers
Five Drinks to Detox your Life from Divine Health from the Inside

How to harvest, the uses and benefits:
How to harvest medicinal roots (dandelion) from Homespun Seasonal Living
Dandelions: Foraging them, Eatting them and Keeping them out of your yard from Learning and Yearning
16 Benefits You didn’t know about using Dandelions from DIY Natural

And everyone should learn this skill….
How to make a Dandelion Crown from Wabi Sabi

20+ ways to use dandelions!

Pretty amazing how one small, common ‘weed’ can be used in so many ways.

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What are some of your favorite things to do with dandelions? 

This is post is shared at The Homestead Lady at From The Farm Blog Hop, The Real Food Forager for Fat Tuesdays.


*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Comments

  1. says

    Great ideas! I’ve only used dandelions once before. My mom had me forage the heads for a salad from her back yard. Unfortunately I don’t really have a “source” I trust. Maybe I’ll try to find one this year!

  2. says

    These are great! I love eating dandelions but I only buy them from Whole Foods. I wish I can just pick them without worrying about pesticides. Thx for this awesome list!

  3. says

    I love dandelions too! I do have some and have been planning to make some massage oil for breast cysts. I was recommended to do this by an ND friend. So the other day I went out and collected a bunch, placed them on a bag to dry, and then left them for a few hours. The only problem was I left them too long and then they were wilted and I had to compost them. There’s a short window of time for when they are ready to use for oil, and by the time I got back home (I had to go out for a few hours), they were past their prime. It’s challenging getting the balance right for all the natural activities we do. Next time I will make sure I process them way before I let them sit too long!! :)

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