We were taught that dandelions are weeds....but I am here to tell you they are NOT JUST weeds! No my friend, they are absolutely amazing for your health and I'm here to tell you how to harvest them to make them into a tincture!
But why? The tincture should help to provide antioxidants (contains high levels of the antioxidant beta carotene, which may protect against cell damage and oxidative stress), helps to reduce inflammation (thanks to certain compounds such as polyphenols).
Chicoric and chlorogenic acid are two bioactive compounds in dandelion that may help decrease blood sugar levels. Some compounds in dandelion may decrease triglyceride and cholesterol levels, both of which are key risk factors for heart disease & also contains properties to help detoxify certain organs & reduce blood pressure. May protect against liver damage and disease, improve digestive health & MAY have the potential to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in various organ systems. So, grab a pair of gloves (if ya need them) and get ready... Here we go. What you'll need: - 10 full dandelion plants (including the roots)* - 2 quart jars - alcohol of choice (vodka, bourbon, etc) - dropper(s) How To: 1) wash thoroughly!!!!!!! 2) divide dandelion into sections by root, stems and flowers - to make sure you have an equal amount of each in each jar 3) coarsely chop each part of the plant divided into 2 sections 4) fill 2 quart jars until full 5) add alcohol until completely covering everything in jars 6) let jars sit for 8 weeks 7) strain liquid into dropper(s) To Use: Get a little in your dropper & apply a few drops on your tongue a couple times a week OR 1 glass of water *Dandelions have very deep taproot, which is where a lot of the vitamins and minerals are stored. The taproot and the leaves are the part of the plant that studies were performed on the measure how effective they are in helping to regulate women's hormones and menstrual cycles. ****PLEASE ADVISE!! You should ALWAYS check with your doctor FIRST, before ingesting supplements (and/or alcohol) as some should not be taken with certain medications/illnesses/diseases/allergies/etc.