Make a simple dandelion tincture to help ease indigestion, calm gout symptoms, and more.
Dandelion tends to be abundant in most backyards and every part of it is edible and useful on our homesteads. Dandelion tincture is just another way to let nothing go to waste.
Easy to Make
Tinctures are incredibly easy herbal remedies to make. They are nothing more than herbs and vodka left alone to infuse for about a month.
The time is important but requires no work on our part.
Vodka or Everclear?
Roots are a bit tougher than the leafy, green parts of herbs. That tougher quality make it a bit harder to get all the benefit from the roots.
Grain alcohol, like Everclear, is better suited for root tinctures because of their harder consistency.
However, Everclear can be tough to take for many people. The flavor and strength is a bit strong. Vodka will work for most tinctures, dandelion included.
Fresh or Dried Root?
Use fresh dandelion root if you have it from your yard. The best time to harvest dandelion root is in the fall. Simply dig them from the earth as best you can.
Remove the greens from the roots. Scrub the fresh roots well. It will take some doing but it is important to get them clean.
Once clean, let the roots dry at room temperature overnight. Just to let all the surface water evaporate.
Chop the roots and proceed with the recipe.
Use dried and chopped dandelion roots, if fresh aren’t available.
Sometimes root tinctures like dandelion will get cloudy or milky in appearance. Don’t be tempted to toss that, thinking it is mold.
If your tincture develops inulin, don’t strain it. Rather keep it all and just shake it well before taking so that you also get the benefit of that milky starch.
How to Use Dandelion Tincture
Dandelion root tincture is a particularly useful herbal remedy for liver troubles, gout, and indigestion.
For indigestion, like overeating at the holidays, take 10 drops in water every hour as needed.
Try drinking it with hot water as a tea and sweeten with an herbal infused honey, if desired.
For gout or liver troubles, try 1 teaspoon three times a day.
Dandelion root is generally well tolerated and safe to use. However, as in all medications be sure to discuss it with your healthcare practitioner.
Pregnant or nursing women should avoid it as there haven’t been enough studies to study side effects.
Dandelion root should be avoided if the gallbladder is inflamed or if there is bile duct blockage.
Of course, avoid if allergic.
Do discuss the tincture with your doctor or pharmacist to avoid any drug interactions with current medications.
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- 1 ounce Dandelion Root, chopped
- 4 ounces Vodka
- Place the dandelion root in a clean glass jar.
- Fill the jar with vodka, making sure the roots are fully submerged.
- Put a lid on the jar and place in a dark cabinet for about 1 month. Give the jar a shake now and then.
- At the end of a month, strain the roots from the vodka.
- Put the strained tincture into a clean glass jar and label.
- Keep in a dark cabinet.
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Serving Size:1/4 teaspoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 3Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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