“So the earth produced green grass, a grass that bears seed according to its nature, and a tree that bears fruit, whose seed is in it, according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. “
My parents did not want The Dandelion in our garden. They are classified as weeds, and have a tendency to take over large areas, especially in planters and also between lawns. But when we find them in the field, they are much more appreciated. Virtually every part of a dandelion plant can be used for some useful purpose.
Dandelion leaves can be eaten as part of a salad. They have a slight spicy flavor. When I lived in England, I would put together a forest salad, with finely chopped dandelion leaves, wild garlic, and blanched nettle leaves.
An infusion of the flowers in olive oil makes a good remedy for sore muscles. A jar can be filled with flower heads, pressed down slightly, then filled with oil, sealed, and left for two to four weeks. Alternatively, the flowers can be treated with gently melted coconut oil, then solidified to make a semi-solid balm.
The roots can be cleaned and used in one of two ways. They can be thinly sliced and sautéed like a vegetable. Or you can grill them over very low heat. The dried roots are placed in a coffee grinder and pulverized. The resulting powder is brewed like coffee and has a similar taste.
I am often surprised that God has made so many useful plants for us, such as the Dandelion. It doesn’t make much sense to me to assume that so many uses could have evolved. This is an example of the creative power of God.
Prayer: Lord it is wonderful, to see all the wonderful things you have done. Thank you, for the various herbs and plants you have made for our use. Amen.
Ref: Britannica Encyclopedia, <https://www.britannica.com/plant/dandelion> accessed, 3/31/2018.
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