As part of my summer initiative to bring new content to the blog, I’ll be doing both an herbology and an herbal remedy series. I cannot emphasize enough how important research is for anyone interested in getting involved in foraging and herbology. Please, dive deep into research and make sure sure you have several resources and verified that you are harvesting the correct thing.
Dandelions are the perfect plant to start with. Not only are they very beneficial to the body, but they’re also extremely recognizable. Below is a picture of one right outside my house plus the sketch I have in my personal herbology book. I’ll follow the pictures with the entry I have written in my hand written foraging book.
Dandelions are the perfect plant for the beginning forager to seek out. Though considered a noxious weed by most, they can be used for food and medicinal treatment. The root, leaves, and flowers are all usable. The roots are good for cleaning the blood, among other things, and have a nutty taste. Dandelion leaves are one of the most nutritious greens around – low calorie, nutrient rich, and cleansing. They are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and more. The flowers are good as a natural sweetener. They can also be used in syrups, jellies, and more.
Look-alikes, such as catsear, are edible but aren’t as beneficial.
As I go forward in my herbal remedies series, I’ll explore different recipes that use the different parts of the dandelion plant.