“I was a dandelion puff…Some saw the beauty in me and stooped quietly to admire my innocence. Others saw the potential of what I could do for them, so they uprooted me, seeking to shape me around their needs. They blew at my head, scattering my hair from the roots, changing me to suit them. Yet still others saw me as something that was unworthy and needed to be erased.”
― Nicole Bailey-Williams
Dandelion is a wonderful “weed” that has a bad rap today. Not only is dandelion a delicious food and medicine, it is a plant that rebuilds and nourishes the soil and helps fix the damage humans have done over thousands of years. Dandelions are the best thing to happen to a lawn to bring back vitality and health but they are shunned. In Europe, large estates used to have large green lawns. It was a way for the owners of these estates to show how wealthy they were, that they could have this large green lawn that had no purpose other than to exist. These tracts of land showed that the owners were so rich they had no need to grow their own food or raise their own animals, or, god forbid, need to hunt for themselves. In World War II there was a great victory garden campaign in the US where people were encouraged to grow their own food to help with the war effort. Once the war was over and the economy recovered people pushed back against victory gardens, and took on the idea that a nice, green, grass lawn was how they could show they weren’t so poor as to need to grow their own food.
People didn’t want their green lawns marred by anything, especially not the persistent and ever present dandelion. Dandelion, which fed people and kept them alive during the dust bowl, the great depression and the war was now seen as a food for the impoverished, and must be gotten rid of. Poisoned. Tossed aside like garbage. Now, some even think this wonderful plant poisonous because of the lovely white latex sap it produces! What a tragedy.
As you will find in this issue dandelion is wonderful and anyone around this beautiful plant is truly blessed. Next time you see this wonderful “weed” be sure to thank it for all it does, blow a dandelion puff into the wind, and spread the word of this wonderful plant.
In the dandelion issue you will find these articles:
- Letter from the Publisher
- Dandelion Herbal Monograph
- Dandelion Flower Essence
- Dandelion Tea
- The History and Mythology of Dandelion
- Havin’ a Dandy Day! The energetics and mood enhancing goodness of Dandelion
- Dandelion Salve
- Herbal Bitters
- Dandelion Casserole
- Dandelion Quiche
- Dandelion Fritters
- Foraged Greens Salad
- Dandelion Coffee – Two Recipes
- How to Make and Prove Your Own Flower Essences
“Many thousands of years go, when the world was populated with fairies and elves, the first humans arrived. They soon caused these tiny creatures many problems, as the humans were usually unable to see the wee folk and would step on them. So the fairies took to dressing in bright yellow garments and eventually were changed into dandelions, which have the ability to spring back up if trodden upon. Thus, it is believed that dandelions recover so quickly from being stepped on because each contains the spirit of a fairy.” – from Havin’ a Dandy Day by Jessica Morgan
The Herb Box Will Include:
- A print out with instructions of how to make all the great goodies!
- Dandelion Leaf
- Have a Dandy Day Tea Blend
- Fancy Dandelion Coffee
- Dandelion Flower Essence
- The ingredients, supplies and instructions to make your own herbal bitters
To receive the Dandelion box you need to pre-order it between February 16th and March 15th!