The Magic of Dandelions

The Magic of Dandelions

The man who worries morning and night about the dandelions in the lawn will find great relief in loving the dandelions.

Liberty Hyde Bailey

American horticulturist and botanist. Cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

The Dandelion

Taaxacum.

I believe most of us know this cheery little flower, though not all of us appreciate them. This hasn’t always been the case. There was a time people removed grass to plant the dandelion! It is edible, nutritional, and also a great source of food for pollinators. Perhaps it’s time to bring back our preference for this magical flower.

Did you know that dandelions are a powerful magical herb? They have been used in spells for centuries, and their uses in herbal remedies and cooking are well known. Dandelions also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, making them an important part of our ecosystem. In this guide, we will explore the magic of dandelions and discover all of the ways that they can be used in your magical hearth-keeping practices.

What are Dandelions

Dandelions, also called “Lion’s Teeth,” are part of the Asteraceae family, which also includes daisies, chrysanthemums, and sunflowers. The scientific name is Taraxacum officinale.

Dandelions are perennial plants, which means they live for more than two years. The dandelion’s life cycle is fascinating. They start as a seed, which can be blown by the wind for long distances before landing in soil and germinating.

Dandelions can be found in most parts of the world, and they’re often one of the first flowers to pop up their sunny heads after the long winter…normally around Imbolc time, and keep blooming until Samhain. This means they are abundantly available for your uses in cooking, magic, cleaning, and as a garden companion.

Magical Uses of Dandelions

Dandelions have been used in magic and medicine for centuries. The ancient Celts considered them to be sacred, and they were a key ingredient in many Celtic rituals and spells. Today, dandelions are still used in magic and witchcraft.

Dream-work

You can make tea by steeping the leaves and flowers in hot water for about ten minutes. Drink this tea before bed to induce prophetic dreams. This is a wonderful practice to pair with a dream journal. Set your intention in your journal and enjoy the tea, perhaps combined with chamomile to help you relax and sleep.

Dandelions are also associated with psychic abilities. If you want to increase your psychic powers, try writing down a question on a piece of paper and then placing it under a dandelion head. Allow the dandelion to go to seed and then blow the seeds away while visualizing your question being answered. You can also add dandelion leaves to your bathwater for a psychic cleansing.

Wish and Spell Jars

To make a dandelion wish jar, write your wish on a piece of paper and place it in a jar with a dandelion. Place the jar in a sunny spot and wait for your wish to come true. You can also place dandelion seeds in a spell jar to bring courage or place it on your mantle to bring hope and happiness to your home.

Dandelion Magic for your home

Dandelions can also be used to cleanse your home of negative energy. Simply add some dandelion leaves to your mop water when you are cleaning, or make a dandelion vinegar by placing dandelion heads in a jar and covering them with white vinegar. Let the mixture sit for two weeks and then strain it. Use this natural cleaner throughout your house to remove any unwanted energy.

Dandelions can be used to signify transformation and new beginnings. If you are looking to make a change in your life, try incorporating dandelion in spell work. You can add dandelions to a spell candle, place them on your mantle, or incorporate them into your cleaning routine. Dandelions are one of the most versatile flowers when it comes to magic, so however you use them, they’re sure to bring some magic into your life.

Dandelions as a Magical Garden Companion

When most people think of dandelions in the garden, they think of them as a weed. But dandelions can be a great companion in your garden – both aesthetically and functionally.

Dandelions are beautiful, bright yellow flowers that add color to any garden. They are also one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, which can be a welcome sight after a long winter. But dandelions are more than just pretty flowers – they are also one of the first sources of food for bees and other pollinators. So if you’re looking to attract more bees to your garden, consider leaving some dandelions to grow.

Dandelions are also good for the soil. They help to aerate and loosen compacted soils, and they draw up and add nutrients to the soil as they grow. Their deep roots also help to hold soil in place, which can prevent erosion. You can also chop up dandelions that you do pull, when they encroach on your other beds, or when you mow them over in your yard, add them to other plant beds as fertilizer, make them into a compost tea, or add them to your compost pile.

So if you have a yard or garden, consider making space for some dandelions. You will be practicing sustainable gardening and giving back to the earth instead of only taking. This will make your garden extra enchanting.

Dandelions as a food source

In addition to being good for your garden, dandelions are also good for you. Dandelion greens are packed with nutrients like vitamins A, C, and K. They can be eaten raw in salads, cooked like spinach, and the flowers can even be made into dandelion wine or beer. If you’re looking for a way to use this abundantly available plant in your kitchen magic, the ways are almost as plentiful as the plant itself.

Not only are dandelions good to eat, but they can also be made into a drink. Dandelion tea is a great way to get all of the benefits of dandelions without having to eat them. And dandelion coffee is a great alternative to regular coffee. If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy dandelions, give one of these drinks a try.

There are all sorts of recipes out there for dandelions. Infused vinegar, mead, wine… baked goods, jelly, fried dandelion, sauteed dandelion greens, and even Dandelion capers (I may try this, I’ll let you know how it goes. Does it lose its bitter flavor?)

A cup of boiled dandelion has over 130% of your daily value for Vitamin A, 30% Vitamin C, and is also a source of calcium, iron, and magnesium, B Vitamins, and Vitamin K, too. So it might not be appetizing at a glance, nor eaten fresh out of your yard, but these flowers can perhaps offer some food security. Just consider the pesticides used in yards. Mine is pesticide-free, so all the edible plants are fair game.

Here are some links to Dandelion recipes you might like to try:

Make sure to read the comments on this recipe, and use some of the suggestions to remove bitterness as well as some good additions: Dandelion Greens with a Kick Recipe | Allrecipes.

Heres the Capers recipe I plan to try: Dandelion Capers — Urban Nettle

Here’s a well-rated Dandelion Jelly recipe: Dandelion Jelly Recipe – Food.com

Dandelion Pesto (growforagecookferment.com)

Infused Dandelion Vinegar (growforagecookferment.com)

In Natural Remedies and Around the Home

According to Dandelion: Herbal Remedies | HowStuffWorks:

“Dandelion roots contain inulin and levulin, starchlike substances that may help balance blood sugar, as well as a bitter substance (taraxacum) that stimulates digestion. The very presence of a bitter taste in the mouth promotes the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder, as well as hydrochloric acid from the stomach.” And it contains Choline, another liver stimulant.

Squeeze the milky substance out of the stem onto a wart for faster healing. Drink Dandelion tea for bone health, liver health, diabetes control, and detox. It’s said to be an immunity booster, great for skin, and might could potentially help with weight loss.

Now, remember, I am not a doctor. I don’t currently have any letters after my name, so don’t replace your medication with dandelion tea without talking to your doctor about your health, your other medications that could react with dandelion, and your allergies.

Dandelion Remedy Recipes:

Root tea & Leaf tea: How to Make Dandelion Tea | Organic Facts

How to Make and Use Dandelion Salve (growforagecookferment.com)

Dandelion Soap Made With the Whole Plant (growforagecookferment.com)


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