It's official name is Taraxacum officinale which means "the official remedy for disorders"
Last but not least...the flower. The flower is edible too! Fried, it is considered a delicacy. The young unopened flowers are high in protein, are tender and can add an extra crunch to your salad. You can even make dandelion jelly.
Here are a few things I have done with dandelions this spring:
1. Pick a jar full of dandelion blossoms. Can also add greens and roots (make sure they are clean)
2. Cover with apple cider vinegar.
3. Place in a sunny location to steep.
4. Shake good every day.
5. After two weeks strain with a cheesecloth or muslim fabric
Dandelion Infused Oil
1. Pick a jar full of dandelion blossoms.
2. Pour olive oil (can also use almond oil or canola oil) over the blossoms until they are fully covered.
3. Poke around with a wooden spoon handle to make sure there are no air bubbles.
4. Cover with a coffee filter held on by a rubber band.
I personally like the salve better than the oil. Oil seems more messy to me. Due to dandelions pain relieving properties the salve and the oil can be used for achy or sore muscles. Just apply to the area. It can be used to relieve sinus headaches. Rub a little on your forhead. Great for arthritis. Can also be used for dry patches and other skin conditions.
Next time you look out in your yard and see dandelions taking over maybe you should consider eating away your weed problem. :):)
**Be sure when you harvest dandelions that you are not harvesting plants that have been sprayed or treated with any kind of chemical**