Dandelion is rich in many minerals and vitamins. That is why it is used to make wine, syrups or … tinctures. Dandelion tincture is an excellent drink for cool evenings in autumn and winter, as well as a great drink to regenerate a weakened body. What are the best recipes for this popular tincture?
How to make dandelion tincture at home? You can use the whole plant or only parts, as you prefer. Wash and cut up the whole dandelion – root, stem, leaves and flowers. Put the pieces into an airtight jar, pack it tightly. Cover the plant with 1/2 glass of a 100 proof vodka, Everclear or pure grain alcohol. Cover the jar and keep in a dark place for 5 weeks, shaking daily. After that time tincture is ready, strain it and keep liquid in a dark place.
It has been known for a long time that dandelion has many healing properties, including antibacterial or antiviral. The dandelion medicine tincture is still used today – especially by the older generation. Like dandelion wine, dandelion tincture soothes inflammation and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory compounds.
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Dandelion tincture benefits
Dandelion serves as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. It also contains vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins (1). What’s more, dandelion provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Dandelion flowers improve the functioning of the liver and bile ducts. Additionally, the prepared dandelion flower tincture has a calming effect and heals urinary tract diseases.
Dandelion tincture uses, what is good for
Dandelion has many advantages in its roots, herbs and flowers, and virtually every part of it can be used in the treatment and prevention of ailments, as well as for its taste. As for its healing properties, the dandelion is very versatile:
- has an anti-diabetic effect – containing inulin, it supports the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, slows down the absorption of sugar, lowers the glycemic index of dishes,
- has a diuretic effect – its action has cleansing properties for the body, it is used as an auxiliary in the case of edema, kidney diseases, gout, obesity,
- supports immunity – it is recommended in convalescent states, in the elderly, recommended in the period of increased incidence of viral diseases,
- helpful in skin diseases – it especially works on unsightly warts and warts, such action is shown by the milk, which can be seen after breaking the stem,
- supports digestion – increases the secretion of gastric juice and bile, prevents bile stasis, recommended in the prevention of gallstone disease, in the deficiency of gastric juices in convalescence in liver diseases,
- supports weight loss – the inulin present in the dandelion reduces appetite,
- has anti-cancer properties – dandelion root extract drunk in the form of tea, according to some scientists, has an effect on cancer, especially in the case of leukemia and lymphomas,
- the infusion of dandelion flowers regulates menstrual cycles and the work of the ovaries thanks to the flavonoids and folic acid they contain.
Dandelion tincture dosage
Various sources recommend 10 to 15 drops of root tincture twice a day, or 12 to 20 drops of leaf tincture 3 times a day.
Dandelion tincture for dogs
Dandelion leaves are loaded with potassium. They also stimulate the appetite and help digestion along with kidney function. They are an ideal choice for dogs with chronic indigestion or those with gas. The root is a liver tonic and helps to remove toxins from the body, via the kidneys. But it would be better not to give your dog tincture with alcohol, only plant itself.
What type of alcohol is used for dandelion tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume (80-proof) work best. When using dried dandelion, your best bet is to stick to an 80-90% alc/vol (160 or 180-proof alcohol), as they don’t have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herbs out of them.
How long does dandelion tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, herbal tinctures last at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, they will last longer because the light will not damage them. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing them in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season, so they last longer.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of dandelion
If you would like to check more info about the dandelion here you can find webmd.com article about it.
It is also known under such names: Blowball, Cankerwort, Cochet, Common Dandelion, Couronne de Moine, Dandelion Extract, Dandelion Herb, Délice Printanier, Dent-de-Lion, Diente de Leon, Dudal, Endive Sauvage, Fausse Chicorée, Florin d’Or, Florion d’Or, Ghasedak, Herba Taraxaci, Laitue de Chien, Leontodon taraxacum, Lion’s Teeth, Lion’s Tooth, Piss-a-bed, Pisse au Lit, Pissenlit, Pissenlit Vulgaire, Priest’s Crown, Pu Gong Ying, Red-Seed Dandelion, Salade de Taupe, Swine Snout, Taraxaci Herba, Taraxacum, Taraxacum dens-leonis, Taraxacum laevigatum, Taraxacum mongolicum, Taraxacum officinale, Taraxacum sinicum, Taraxacum vulgare, Tête de Moine, Wild Endive.