Tuesday, May 05, 2009
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Dandelions are one of the first things that bloom and in places they blanket the ground. Dandelions, while considered a nuisance by many gardeners, are one of the most beneficial herbal plants and are used to assist digestion. I use dandelion root which I dig in the fall to make a tincture that then lasts me til the next fall's harvest.
The leaves are bitter and eaten in spring when the plant is young as a vegetable and to help stimulate the appetite. The leaves are also a diuretic.