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May Herb of the Month
herb for May-Dandelion
Dandelion Root organic
Also known as- Taraxacum officinale, Blowball, Cankerwort, Common Dandelion, Dandelion Herb, Leontodon taracum, Lion's Tooth, Pissenlit, Priest's Crown, Swine Snout, Taraxaci herba, Taraxacum vulgare, Wild Endive.


The common dandelion, enemy of well-kept lawns, is an exceptionally nutritious food. Its leaves and root contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon. In almost every herbal healing tradition, the root of the dandelion has been used for the treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder problems. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the roots of various species of dandelions are also used as "herbs that cool the blood." Dandelions are through to correct the physiological reactions triggered by intense emotions that cause eyestrain or red, swollen, and painful eyes. They are used in teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast. The promote lactation and clear painful urinary dysfunction.

The nutrients mentioned in the Introduction, plus bitter taraxacins (eudesmanolides), sitosterol, stigmasterol, alpha- and beta-carotene, caffeic acid, mucilage, and an unusually high potassium content.

Parts Used
The whole root, dried, and cut.

Typical Preparations

Typically used as tea or tincture. Chopped dandelion root rather than dandelion root powder is most often used to make teas combining dandelion and other herbs. Dandelion root powder is used when diuretic effect is emphasized. Chopped dandelion root can be combined with myrrh to make a poultice for boils and abscesses, with honeysuckle flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat boils and abscesses, with skullcap and/or chrysanthemum flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat sore eyes, or with heal-all to treat hard phlegm in bronchitis. Can also be administered in capsule or extract form for convenience.

Dandelion root is a mild chloretic, that is, an agent for stimulating the release of bile from the liver into the gallbladder. The herb is used to support treatment of a variety of liver and gallbladder disorders, especially the incomplete digestion of fats. The release of bile is laxative, and accelerates the breakdown of various steroid hormones, causing an indirect, favorable effect on eczema and other skin conditions.
Dandelion root also is one of the best herbal diuretics. It stimulates urination but also replaces the potassium lost to the increased volume of urine.

Use with caution if you have gallstones.

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Happy Mothers Day Month!  We have hit May, usually the most beautiful month of the year, with spring flowers coming up and the tree's becoming their lucious selves all green and beautiful. This month we have tried to bring in the things you have been asking for.  I have placed the pictures on the right of the newsletter.  Some other items not listed is some beautiful colored lead crystals of red, green and yellow. along with our clear and pink ones.

We have been striving to bring in quality, organic herbs and teas for you, the community, to enjoy the best of the best from the land,
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We have been contemplating publishing this newsletter in a PDF format and uploading it to our page on FB. We would appreciate some feedback on this topic. Thank you.

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Dandelion  * A Backyard Herb with Many Benefits

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Uses of Dandelion Root and Leaves

Perhaps we wouldn't be so quick to remove this "backyard weed" if we were more familiar with the myriad of uses it has. The entire dandelion plant can be used and if you have a safe (non-sprayed) source in your yard or community, you can consider harvesting it yourself.
Here are some of the ways to use dandelion:

Coffee Substitute
Dandelion root is tougher and more hardy than the leaf and is often used in decoctions and tinctures for this reason. The powder is often added in coffee substitutes (my favorite is Dandy Blend). The root is considered a natural diuretic and is sometimes used for this purpose.


Dandelion root and leaf are often listed as the ingredients of  teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast and in female health remedies as they can help support lactation and remedy urinary issues.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

    Chopped dandelion root can be combined with myrrh to make a poultice for boils and abscesses, with honeysuckle flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat boils and abscesses, with skullcap and/or chrysanthemum flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat sore eyes, or with heal-all to treat hard phlegm in bronchitis. Can also be administered in capsule or extract form for convenience.

Dandelion Tea
The flower can be used to make tea and even to make some types of wine. The leaves and root can also be used in teas, though they have a stronger taste and are often combined with other synergistic herbs for flavor and increased nutrient absorption.

Salads and Greens
The leaves can be consumed fresh on a salad or in recipes as well as substituted for greens like kale and collards in recipes or cooking. The antioxidant rich leaves are the most diuretic part of the plant so while they can be consumed regularly, it is important to maintain hydration too.

Important Notes:

It is important to check with a doctor before taking this or any herb, especially in large amounts or if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Though it is generally considered safe, those allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine may not be able to consume it.

Anyone who gathers dandelion from wild sources (like the backyard) should make sure that the area has not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides and that it does not come from an area where pets may have eliminated.

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Dandelion Coffee Recipe My favorite way to enjoy dandelion is by making dandelion coffee with the roots. This beverage doesn't contain the caffeine found in coffee, but does have a rich, dark taste similar to coffee. Prior to decocting the dandelion root, roast the dried chopped root in a cast iron pan until it is fragrant and has changed color from being off-white to light and dark brown.

For each 8 oz of water you are making, use 1-2 teaspoons of the roasted root. Add the root to simmering water and continue to simmer while covered for 7-15 minutes. The resulting brew will be darkly colored.

I enjoy my dandelion coffee with cream, and many people enjoy adding honey as well.

Text from Dandelion Coffee Recipe - LearningHerbs
Copyright * 2018 LearningHerbs.

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Four cleansing benefits of dandelion

Clear acne, nourish blood, and banish UTI's with this powerful and tasty green.
Dandelion greens are packed with vitamins A, B, C and E and are a rich source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese iron, and zinc. Similar to arugula in flavour, the dandelion*s slight bitterness is often offset with the sweetness of onion, which they're often sauteed with.
This recipe is one of my favourites for detoxing because it*s so balanced. The mushrooms lend it a meaty flavour, you get a hint of bitterness from the dandelion, a touch of heat from the garlic and a bit of sour from the lemon as well as sweetness from the onion.

  • 10 cups dandelion greens, tough lower stems discarded and leaves cut crosswise into 2 inch pieces
  • 2 litres water (for boiling greens)
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced very thin
  • 2 cups shitake mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 cups red onion, chopped
  • * cup pumpkin seeds or hemp seeds
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp grey or pink unrefined salt
1. To reduce the bitterness, boil the dandelion greens ahead. (If you don't mind the full bitter flavour, skip this step.)

2. Bring 2 litres of water to a boil. Add dandelions and cook uncovered, until ribs are tender (about 5 minutes).

3. Drain liquid in a colander, catching the extra water in a second pot to be saved as therapeutic dandelion tea. Press out excess water.

4. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers, then cook garlic and onions, stirring, until pale golden
    (about 45 seconds).

5. Add the chopped mushrooms and saute for 5 minutes until soft.

6. Add greens and sea salt and saute until coated with oil and heated through (about 3 minutes).

7. Serve warm or cold with a garnish of seeds and squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

Makes 8 servings

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We learn from what we do right and we learn from our mistakes, we learn from ourselves, others and the Cosmos.  An enlightened soul once told me that we are the teacher and the student and this happens simultaneously all the time.

The 5 reasons that make every person doubt themselves and fear the world We teach and we learn, therefore we have to be equally compassionate, patient and gentle with both ourselves and others as we go through this learning/teaching curve.

Let's have a look at the main 5 reasons which makes all of us go through phases of hesitation, fear, and self-doubt about the world and ourselves:

1.  We spend too much time about what others think Every human being is most of the time vulnerable when is being hit with the criticism of another.  I have tried to calm many people who were convinced that another person's words have more power or are more legitimate than their own.

"You will never learn how to cast this ", "this is too advanced for you", "You do the same thing over and over again, do you ever listen?" It is true that we are susceptible to criticism from a very young age starting with our parents and close relatives which they compare us with others.

Guess what!  It is the time to stop this old die-hard habit of believing that what others think is more legit than your own thoughts and feelings.  If you feel powerful, you are!  If you feel pretty, you are!

Do not expect validation from others.  Instead grow in your own self, your own pace, your own time and be who you want to be and makes you happy.

Quit the habit of adjusting your personality, your magic, your career according to what others think is best for you.  Instead show the necessary respect to listen to their words, as every piece of advice may help, but at the very end make it clear in your own mind that you are the ruler of your life.  You make the decisions and the actions and yours are the consequences.

2. We believe that ourselves and/or others are not good enough The result and simultaneously the other side of the coin for the first reason!  A very wise person once told me: "Self-perfection is self-defeat"!  And you know what?  After many many years, I can only admit that she was right.

I have struggled so hard to be my best all the time, ensuring that I upset no one, that everybody wants to be around me and that I am good enough for others to deserve me.
Well, that was one immature string of thoughts.  Instead, what I learned is that no one is perfect, we are all growing and evolving, on our own time at our own pace.  And this should be respected.

If you find someone who you feel you do not match or you do not match anymore, don't criticize them and let them go.  There is a place for everyone in this Universe.  Again, learn to love others for who they are and love yourself for who you are.  You have the power to change anything that you don't like.

3. Seeing the human nature in our guides and mentors makes us doubt their worth That is a tricky one- how can my mentor make mistakes?  Well, your mentor is still human and for this reason of doubt, there is a remedy.

If you go back to what I said in the beginning and remind yourselves that "We are all teachers and students at the same time", you will see that this reason under a completely different prism.  Again, remember everyone is growing, even the most evolved soul!

4 .Disconnecting from the Source of All things Very typical side effect when we start feeling fear and doubt about Ourselves and the World.  We lose our trust in the Source of all things, either you call it Nature, Goddess, God, Universe, Spirit etc.

We believe that we are not being heard, we get angry because things don't go our way, etc etc I am pretty sure you all know this sad story and the problem is that if we do not fix it, it will only escalate.  Again, the challenge is to find the faith within yourself to ask for help and understanding.

No higher power will be deaf to your prayers or will have any other higher goal than your true happiness.  We are all humans evolving (again hear it in repeat) yet we live in our own microcosm and we may be somewhat blind to the bigger picture of things focusing on the details.

Learn and accept that everything that happens, good or the bad, happens to help you become stronger, helps you to be you Real and Higher Self and works for your happiness.  Once this lesson is learned, forgiveness, acceptance, and compassion will flow freely in your life and will literally transform it.

5.  Focus too much of our energy on other aspects of our lives Fact no.1 is that 99% of people live busy lives.  Fact no.2 is that we have many aspects in our lives such as family, career, love that we nourish na care about.  Fact no.3 is that too much focus on one aspect can and will upset the balance.  So what needs to be done?

Well, we need to understand the concept of balance and understand that our energy is limitless yet our physical selves are not.  If we run a marathon, we will be exhausted.  Therefore, we need to prepare and also plan on what we want to do and how we can do it.
An advice from a friendly spirit was to create a grid.  Yes, a grid!  Take a piece of paper and write down the different aspects of your lives: Family, friends, myself, career, love, spirituality, studies, hobbies etc.

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