Dandy & Chickweed Tincture
A perfect combo of some of the best and earliest herbs that pop up in Mama Nature after spring has sprung.
Dandelion- The best herb you’ll ever use. IMHO. Dandelion is
From flower to root and everything in between. In my humble opinion, the hands down best herb but the most maligned at least in our country. It Russian Herbalism, it translates to “elixir of life” It not only has a history of use in the folk medicine but holds an important role in the official medical books as well.
Mainstream Doctors use it to treat liver and gallbladder diseases. It promotes the formation of bile and acts as a diuretic so it is used to treat edema. It breaks up kidney and gallstones and helps them pass as it pulls water out of the body for them to travel upon.
It’s bitter properties aid in digestion and is useful for balancing the acid level of your stomach and easing inflammation caused by stress or poor eating. It has mild laxative qualities and helps with constipation in a very gentle calm way.
It’s used internally and externally for skin issues. All skin issues can be traced back to the liver and since it is the for most liver tonifying and rejuvenating herb it is excellent as a tea, tincture, vinegar or a food to help protect and heal the liver. Also washing with the tea, lotion or oil made of dandelion helps all skin issues such as psoriasis, eczema, carbuncles, skin rashes, hives etc. The tea has a long history in the Russian court and folklore as a way to rid the body of unwanted freckles.
It can be used to promote sweating out a fever. I would combine it with ginger, a pinch of cayenne and cloves to make a great sweat inducing tea.
It’s rich in potassium, iron, and all the vitamins a, B1, B2, B6, C and D. It prevents anemia, stiff joints, rheumatism and gout. It is the highest plant source of potassium and has an balanced amount of sodium so that even though it is a diuretic, it doesn’t leach potassium but actually replaces it unlike all other diuretics.
It can be used to help with Alzheimer’s (due to it’s high lecithin content and high choline content) all liver disease, bladder infections, swelling or edema, insomnia, heart conditions, miscarriage, pneumonia, flus, breastfeeding problems and due to it’s balance of magnesium, calcium and potassium osteoporosis as well.
Dandelion is a tonic, bitter, adaptogen herb that would improve every single person’s health if they used it.
A widespread weed that is a diuretic, hepatonic, astringent, among others .Dandelion is another traditional herb for cleansing, thought to remove waste products by stimulating actions of the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys. Herbalists use it for conditions like acne and other skin conditions, arthritic conditions, and to prevent gallstones. Mark Pedersen believes that the inulin and mucilage in dandelion root soothe the digestive tract and “absorb toxins from ingested food and regulate the colonies of intestinal bacteria which produce toxins intended to ill other bacteria… That is, they help friendly flora thrive and inhibit unfriendly bacteria” (Pedersen, 2010, p. 79).
Dandelion root, like burdock, is mineral-rich and resupplies the body with potassium and sodium that may be lost during dandelion-induced diuresis.
One of my favorite spring tonics incorporates dandelion and burdock roots with the sweetness of red clover and another springtime favorite, nettle.
There are some differences in effects between the dried and fresh herb as the volatile oils may be lost in the drying process. Also, some herbalists claim mucilage is soluble in cold water only. To cover all bases, I like to mix it up: fresh roots for gently warmed soup, and dried for tea.
Chickweed- The medicinal actions of chickweed are antirheumatic, astringent, carminative, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative, refrigerant, and vulnerary.
The benefits of chickweed may in part be due to its high nutritional value. It is particularly high in ascorbic acid (vitamin C), gamma-linolenic acid (GLA, the omega-6 fatty acid derivative), saponins, niacin, riboflavin (B2) thiamine (B1), beta carotene (A), magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, selenium and silica.
Chickweed is best known for its soothing and healing quality. The high saponin content of this herb is thought to be the reason for its effectiveness in relieving skin problems such as erysipelatous and other forms of ulceration, as well as many forms of cutaneous diseases.
Chickweed has been used traditionally as an external remedy for cuts, wounds, minor burns, abscesses and skin irritations, especially such as itching, dryness and irritation due to dermatitis ,or eczema.
Taken internally as a tea or tincture, chickweed has a reputation as a treatment for rheumatism and an infusion of the fresh or dried leaves added to bath water is thought to reduce inflammation caused by rheumatic pain.
A poultice of the crushed leaves has been used traditionally to relieve any kind of roseola and is thought to be effective where there are fragile superficial veins.
Taken internally in small quantities as a decoction, chickweed is considered a treatment for constipation, kidney complaints and quick relief of pain in the digestive system.
Chickweed is excellent to help with UTI’s and cystitis particularly, honeymoon cystitis.
Due to it’s detoxing benefits, herbalist tend to disagree on this taken while pregnant or nursing.
Ingredients are organic and wild harvested whole dandelion and cleavers and ACV.