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Thursday, July 15, 2010

What’s So Great About Dandelions???

They clutter up the yard, they are weeds, they ruin other plants - They’re obnoxious! 
Well okay fine but honestly they have so many wonderful healing attributes its amazing! 

Health Benefits of The Dandelion
  • Diuretic
  • Detoxifier
  • Dandelion is used for treatment of:
  • constipation
  • acne
  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • arthritis
  • edema (swollen ankles)
  • osteoarthritis
  • gout
  • gallstones
  • high blood pressure
  • digestion problems
Look at all you can do with the Dandelion! 
You can make:
Dandelion Wine
Roasted Dandelion Root Coffee
Dandelion Jelly
Dandelion Honey
Dandelion Oil
Dandelion Liquor
Dandelion Tea
Dandelion Vinegar 
Other Uses
Rub the milk from the stem of a dandelion on a wart and it remove it! 
Yup I have done this myself - no kidding lol being the witch that I am I literally had a wart on my NOSE a few years back! I continued to put the stem milk on it - covered with a bandaid and it was gone in a matter of weeks! 
Now with all that said you want to be sure your soil is healthy. Planting anything in lead filled or toxic soil can be very harmful to your health! 
Now I am not a doctor by any means but Dandelion has been known to be used in alternative cancer treatment therapy! 
Bees THRIVE on dandelions and environmentalist know we need to protect the bees! Bees use the nectar of the dandelion! 
FUN! Come on we all know at SOME point any child with access to a field of dandelions has enjoyed blowing the fluff into the air! : ) Be a kid again! 
  • Gender: Masculine
  • Planet: Jupiter
  • Element: Air
  • Deity: Hecate, Brighid (Brigit, Brigid, Bride, etc), Belenos
  • Power: Divination, Wishes, Messenger
  • Astrological: Primary - Pisces, Sagittarius; Secondary - Aquarius, Sagittarius, Libra
Magical Benefits:

Scott Cunningham, author of over thirty books on herbs and Wicca, says: 
Dandelion is said to increase psychic abilities when taken as a tea. 
I can attest to this as I drink a blend of Dandelion Root and Calendula Tea daily! 
Other magical folklore surrounding the Dandelion includes blowing the seeds off a ripened head to carry your thoughts (or magical energies) to another; Love revelation (blowing all the seeds off with one blow indicates passionate love, seeds remaining indicates the love is fickle) and how many children you will have (the number of seeds left on the head after one blow).
I use dandelions in some of my spell work as well. 

History and Etymology:

Dandelion comes from the French ‘Dens Leonis’ which eventually migrated into Middle English as ‘Dent De Lion’ or ‘Lions Tooth’. The name perhaps conferred from the observation of their mature leaves which are sharply indented and toothsome in appearance. This bright, yellow bloom often comes as one of the first indicators of spring, and is believed to have been brought over by the Europeans and cultivated originally for both its medicinal and nutritive properties, although some evidence exists that native cultures indigenous to the Americas prior to the arrival of the settlers.
Precautions: People who are allergic to chrysanthemum, marigold, chamomile, daisies or iodine may experience side effects from dandelions such as itching, red skin, or even mouth sores if it’s used too much.
Please be sure you check with your doctor before beginning any dandelion therapies and if you are allergic don’t ingest anything made with dandelion! 



  1. I <3 dandelions! When I was younger, they were the only flowers in our yard. Recently I saw a show where they were dressing salads with dandelions and they just looked delightful! Thank you as always for the insightful post!

  2. thanks Nathara! I always love your posts too - we seem to be a lot alike but just different enough to learn form each other : )


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