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Did you know you’ve probably pulled, stomped or sprayed a natural super food that grows in your backyard? Dandelion is mostly known as a backyard weed, but it has amazing nutrient qualities and health promoting properties.

All the parts of the plant can be used in various ways though the roots and leaves are the most commonly used as herbs. Who knew that this plant with puffy flowers that grant childhood wishes could offer so much benefit?

Dandelion Root and Leaves

Dandelion is a source of a variety of nutrients and the leaves and root contain Vitamins (like A,C, K and B-vitamins) as well as minerals (including magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and choline). The various parts of the plant have a long history of use as an herbal remedy, and every documented population in areas where it grows naturally has used it medicinally.

It also serves as an abundant natural food source, as all parts of the plant can be eaten. The root is often roasted and used in teas or consumed whole. The leaves make a great addition to salads or other dishes requiring greens and the flowers (while still yellow), can be eaten raw, cooked or even made into wine!

Traditional cultures have used dandelion to support digestive and hormone health and it was often consumed to support lactation or to help remedy issues like urinary tract infections.

Benefits of Dandelion

According to the How To Herb Book, this backyard super food is beneficial in many ways, including:

Liver Support and Detoxification

Dandelion has been used for years by various cultures to support healthy liver function and natural detoxification in the body. Though it hasn’t been well studied, many people with hepatitis turn to it to help support the liver. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that:

In the past, roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.

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Female Health and Hormone Balance

Due to its high levels of various nutrients and potential ability to help support the body’s natural detoxification systems, dandelion is often used by those with hormone imbalance, urinary infection and recurrent mastitis. Though not well studied, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from women who have used it to help remedy recurring UTIs or other infections.

Clearer Skin

Due to its natural magnesium and zinc content and its potential ability to support detoxification, dandelion is also know as being good for the skin. It can be used topically in applications like tinctures and poultices and many people also take it in capsule or tea form to help support healthy skin.

Good Source of Nutrients

Dandelion is a great source of many important vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and nutritive salts, which may help support blood health and increase iron absorption. I personally often add dried leaves to teas for a nutrient boost or use dandelion root in place of coffee.

Blood Sugar Balance

The University of Maryland Medical Center also reports that:

Preliminary animal studies suggest that dandelion may help normalize blood sugar levels and lower total cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL (good) cholesterol in diabetic mice. Researchers need to see if dandelion will work in people. A few animal studies also suggest that dandelion might help fight inflammation.

Uses of Dandelion Root and Leaves

Perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to remove this “backyard weed” if we were more familiar with the myriad of uses it has. The entire dandelion plant can be used and if you have a safe (non-sprayed) source in your yard or community, you can consider harvesting it yourself.

Here are some of the ways to use dandelion:

Coffee Substitute

Dandelion root is tougher and more hardy than the leaf and is often used in decoctions and tinctures for this reason. The powder is often added in coffee substitutes . The root is considered a natural diuretic and is sometimes used for this purpose.

Poultices

Dandelion root and leaf are often listed as the ingredients of  teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast and in female health remedies as they can help support lactation and remedy urinary issues.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Chopped dandelion root can be combined with myrrh to make a poultice for boils and abscesses, with honeysuckle flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat boils and abscesses, with skullcap and/or chrysanthemum flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat sore eyes, or with heal-all to treat hard phlegm in bronchitis. Can also be administered in capsule or extract form for convenience.

Dandelion Tea

The flower can be used to make tea and even to make some types of wine. The leaves and root can also be used in teas, though they have a stronger taste and are often combined with other synergistic herbs for flavor and increased nutrient absorption.

Salads and Greens

The leaves can be consumed fresh on a salad or in recipes as well as substituted for greens like kale and collards in recipes or cooking. The antioxidant rich leaves are the most diuretic part of the plant so while they can be consumed regularly, it is important to maintain hydration too.

Important Notes:

It is important to check with a doctor before taking this or any herb, especially in large amounts or if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Though it is generally considered safe, those allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine may not be able to consume it.

Anyone who gathers dandelion from wild sources (like the backyard) should make sure that the area has not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides and that it does not come from an area where pets may have eliminated.

 

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Our scary weeks dealing with MCS

So whats new with me. A few weeks ago I was at a low point to be honest, we all were. My husband had been exposed to some nasty chemicals that were a side effect of the farmers next door burning…. tires… yes not good or legal. Well this drove him out of our home and away for 2 weeks not to mention how ill he was as a result. When I say ill I mean ill…..shaking, loss of oxygen resulting in blue lips, dizziness, and so much more. This worried me to no end and threw me into a viscous cycle of eating junk again and derailing my life as well as his and my daughters.

Fast forward….to this week.

He is starting to feel better and is back with us at home but what a scary set back. This just shows us how serious this disability is. We have to take into consideration everything we do now. From a trip to the store, visiting friends with scented homes, to going for a walk this has changes our lives and isolated us.

We have been advised that over time his condition may improve as his immunity returns but we have also been warned that it will get worse before it gets better. There are many MCS cases out there as the scents and perfumes industries rise. Some people don`t realize that they may be having a reaction even. I encourage everyone for their health and others to promote scent free products and environments for everyone.

Thanks as always for reading and following!

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Green Grass Grove products are coming soon!

Wow I just realized that it had been almost a week since I have posted anything, but I have such a great reason! I have been busy this week crafting my new line of 100% All Natural products. It takes a while to perfect recipes, label, and get things all set but I will be launching later this coming week on my Etsy Shop!!! The only thing I do have to wait on is my soap line since it takes 1 month to properly cure a soap so that the PH level is proper.

My list of products that I will be releasing next week will be Deodorant, Lip Balm, Healing Salve, Soothing bath spheres, Dead Sea Salts, and Tooth Powders.  

Exciting products to come are Body Soaps, Shampoo Bars, Shave Bars, Liquid Shampoos and hair rinses and even a natural Dog Shampoo!

 

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Learning to craft my eco products at Inner Insights Holistic School and Spa

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Hello friends! The past few days I have been busy making test batches of soaps and other Eco friendly products. I had the greatest time attending my class at Inner Insights Holistic School and Spa and I have to say the owner Stephie Cyr is a very educated and amazing teacher. I spent the day with her learning about essential oils and properties many which I had never heard of before how interesting.

If you have never smelled a authentic pure essential oil this is definitely where to order from for the real deal. Check the link to order and see for yourself. The Himalayan Flower, saffron vanilla, Vetiver, Kashmiri, and pink lotus oil were so exotic and beautiful I cannot even explain. I am unable to use them in any of my home use products but  I could add them to products that I am going to be making.

I will be focusing on 100% Natural products. I have learned to craft some wonderful things such as deodorant, Lip balms, Healing salves, Anti-aging serums, bath bombs for moisturizing and soothing, and honestly so much more.  I can’t wait to get them started in the next few weeks. I am so excited to move forward with this new path in life.raw-butter-jar

 

Presenting Green Grass Grove’s soap and products lab!

So I have made the shift this week and decided to stop the cake design business and focus more on my family, the healthy lifestyle and choices that are making my heart sing! I can tell you at first it was a blow to my self esteem but now that I have slept on it a few days and relaxed I am confident on my decision to let it be.

I am so fortune enough to have a very supportive family. Since my husband has his chemical sensitives disorder and  is wary of any natural oils he does not know (he is very reactive to clove and minted family oils) and chemicals I was on the hunt for a soap and products lab. My wonderful sister in law was amazing enough to set me a space aside to recreate as I pleased! How awesome is she!

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MY VERY OWN SOAP AND PRODUCTS LAB!

I am all set for this coming week to attend the Eco products development workshop at Inner Insights Holistic School and Spa. There I will be learning to create my own Deodorant, Natural Perfumes, Linen spray , Buzz Remedy, Lip Balm, Healing Salve for irritated skin, Aromatherapy Bath Salts, Deep Tissue Ache Relief Blend, Aromatic bath bombs, and laugh line serums. This I will couple with my already invested knowledge of tooth powders,shampoo, hair rinses, shave soaps and washing products.

All in good time I will eventually have a full line available with my focus being on 100% Natural products at reasonable cost. I will keep you all posted as it develops.

I am so proud to show you my first batch of test soap as well! I Even tried out some soap stamping to fancy it up.

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My First test batch! 100% Pure Olive & Coconut oil Cold Process soap.

An honest blog…Where am I going in my life?

Today is the day for writing a honest post about a few things. Currently in life I am in a position where I feel a bit torn and maybe a bit overwhelmed at times. Here is where I am at. I work at a wonderful job as a server at a local family restaurant  which I adore. They treat me as part of their family and that means the world to me. So I can count that out as any source of confusion in my life.

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I am by nature a very artistic and creative person, but in that aspect I think that I can appear flip floppy with my hobbies and other investments of time. For the last 10 years I have been making cakes and confections, hand painted fancy works of edible art that I take pride in and I was convinced I was destined to become a professional baker at. I have tried and failed a few times at my own go at expanding,  and it quickly becomes overwhelming,  taking an enormous hit to my self esteem and then it becomes too much for me and worsens my anxiety. So lately I have felt myself cringe at the thought of one more order.Is this it for me? Am I done? I don’t really know for now it is going on the back burner in my life.I can tell you that it pains me to even write all this, I mean I feel like I am a failure.

 

I started Green Grass Grove as a blog for myself to vent, to educate and to grow personally. I think that it has changed me. Dealing with my husbands chemical sensitivities disorder has taken a lot out of me and personally,  I want to help him become strong and healthy again. I have been schooling to become a certified nutritionist and now I am pursuing other avenues to  learn to create my own line of 100% Natural, unscented products including soaps, toiletries and cleaning products. As always in my creative nature I want to share my experience and craft with others and when I am there I will do so proudly.

My best friend who is always a amazing source of encouragement and advice is my rock. She is so assuring of my decisions and always has sound ideas on how I should approach things. She commented last evening about how people are generally so wrapped up in themselves that they are often to busy to even notice thing things that you find to be a mountainous source of anxiety. I thought for awhile last night and she is completely right.

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Ultimately the choice is mine and for now this is the way I am headed. This is what makes me happy and want to be excited about and I think that what I am going to focus my energy on. Its never about getting rich with me, its about expanding my horizons and learning.No explanations needed to anyone. I only have to answer to myself and that’s what I am going to do.

I value and input and comments on this post. Thank you :o)