Most people in the natural health community are now very much aware that dandelion is, well, gold…. For the bee’s, and potentially our health!
So many people have caught on to the benefits of this once “pesky” weed that the dandelion greens are even sold for salads and pesto making in chain grocery stores.
While we should leave some for our pollinating friends, snagging a few to make this infused vinegar might just have your liver and digestive system saying thank you.
Important Note: We are not medical professionals, and this is not meant to be used or taken as medical advice. Below we’ve provided a recipe that we’ve used in the past… But you must consult with a professional and do thorough research before attempting to use it or make it for yourself. While we enjoy opening people up to the world of herbs, and we do our best to provide valuable information, our instructions and information may be subject to error. Never consume a plant if you aren’t 100% certain of what it is. While dandelions are relatively simple to ID – there are some other early spring look-alikes, such as coltsfoot, that are unsafe to eat. Always consult with a trusted expert before using wild picked herbs.
You can use store-bought dandelion leaves and roots to make an infused vinegar. If you’re inexperienced with plant identification, this is the safest way to go.
What You’ll Need
- Dandelion (leaf, blossom, and root can all be used)
- The vinegar of your choice (ACV and white wine vinegar are good options)
- A mason jar with a lid
- Cheesecloth (or other material to use as a strainer)
How We Make It
- Add the dandelion material to the jar, filling ¾ of the way
- Add enough vinegar to fill the jar to the top
- Secure the lid and let sit for 2-6 weeks in a dark cupboard
- Pour the mixture through the cheesecloth, straining out the plant material
- Give the cheesecloth a squeeze to get out any remaining vinegar from the plant matter
- Bottle the vinegar in an amber glass (or other light filtering) bottle
*Always consult with a trusted healthcare professional before trying any new remedy to determine whether or not it is safe/appropriate for you to do so*