Review: Dandelion Blossom Tea

by holli on April 26, 2012

There is something about Dandelions that delights me visually. They are striking in every stage of bloom. Since taking an herbal class on medicinal infusions, I decided to try making Dandelion Blossom Tea…

But, first I had to decide where to get them. Afterall, picking them off the parking strip on my block seems like a bad idea. I could just imagine all the neighborhood dogs peeing on them and the street grime coating them. Thankfully, my new community garden patch was overrun with fresh blossoms. A perfect place to harvest!

So, when you’re ready to harvest some yourself, make sure you find a place where they will be fairly clean, and make sure you recognize False Dandelion from true dandelion. That way you’ll be sure to get the real taste and see if there’s a medicinal benefit for you.

Recipe: Dandelion Blossom Tea

1) Pick blossoms, about a 1/2 cup will do for one batch – I encouraged my daughter to pick as many blossoms as she could, and got about 3 cups worth.

2) Rinse them – I rinsed them lightly with cool water.

3) Place in a jar or tea cup – I placed enough into a jar to fill it up about 1/3 of the way.

4) Add boiling water -  I added boiling water to the jar and let it sit for 2 hours {My Herbal Class Instructor recommends not letting blossoms or flowers steep for more than 2 hours}.

Drink a 1/2 cup to 3 cups per day depending on your preference. The Blossom Tea is said to beautify the skin.

For my own curiosity, I did a second jar with more blossoms just to see what the increase in potency would yield in flavor. Wow, I sure did notice a difference. The first jar with less blossoms was light and tasted similar to overcooked Spinach. The second larger jar was overpowering and a little bitter. While I like Spinach, the flavor is not something I enjoy drinking, so I added some Peppermint tea to it and enjoyed drinking it up!

Dandelion Blossom Tea is a good face cleanser too: I simply made a second batch of tea on a fine Sunny day much like I’d may Sun Tea – I let it sit out in the sunshine for a few hours (not more than 3). Then, I used it like I would a toner. I took some blossoms out and pressed them against my face. Then, I splashed the “tea” on my face like. It felt cool and soothing. Mind you, I didn’t have a sun burn or anything I was trying to smooth out, but I would imagine it would feel great on irritated skin. The next morning my skin looked and felt softer.

I dared to try this out after reading recipes in Healing Wise by Susan S. Weed – it’s the ultimate Hippy Herbal Handbook. While I don’t embrace everything in the “Wise Woman Herbal” teaching she presents, I have found her depth of knowledge, scientific profiling and recipes to be just what I want.

Do you use Dandelions? As a food or tea? I’m especially curious about trying a recipe other than salad.

p.s. Shared on Simple Lives Thursday Link Party and I found 2 other recipes for using Dandelions, which I must try!

They are:

Dandelion Violet Lemonade at Blissful Living

Dandelion Wine at Patchwork Radicals

Okay, so, honestly I’m more likely to try the lemonade than the wine:) But I’m super excited to find kindred bloggers.

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Wonderwoman April 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

I know what you mean about being careful where you pick your dandelions from…why is it that the best looking dandelions are closest to the road? My friend made the dandelion lemonade and it was brewing happily in the sun when her husband came home and informed her that he had just applied weed killer to the lawn the day before! She was heartbroken and poured it all out.

I like the idea of using the ‘tea’ as a toner. Very cool info.
Thanks!

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holli April 26, 2012 at 11:51 am

Oh, no! At least your friend found out before drinking it:)

Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

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