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Dandy as a lion's teeth

Dandelions are one of my favorite flowers. I know I say that a lot, but I really mean it with this one. Ever since I was a little kid, I’d eagerly wait for the first few bright yellow beacons in my yard every spring, and make wishes on their “feathers” all summer. I never understood why they’re classified as “weeds” when they bring so much joy to the table. And they’re so much more than just their magic flowers. Every part of the dandelion is useful. The jagged shape of the leaves is said to look like the sharp outline of lion teeth, which is why in Spanish our friend the dandelion is called “diente de león” or “lion’s tooth.”

Medicinal uses for dandelions

Every part of the dandelion is useful.

Dandelion greens (which you can eat cooked or raw!) are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. Plus, those bitches provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Dandelion root is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which keeps your intestines doin’ the lord’s work. Dandelion root is often dried and consumed as a tea but can also be eaten whole. (I prefer tea though, let’s be real.)

Also: the plant has so many antioxidants. It fights inflammation. And evidence has shown that it can help lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Some people think it can even help with weight loss because of its ability to improve carbohydrate metabolism and reduce fat absorption.

Sources are found here.

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magical uses

Medicinal is magical enough, but there are also myriad ways to incorporate dandelions into your witchcraft.

  • Wishing spells.

  • Pushing away a creative block.

  • Leave bouquets on your altar for your ancestors, or put them in the garden/woods for the spirits.

  • Make a mojo bag for courage (a sachet with dandelions and other tokens of bravery).

  • Dry a bundle of dandelions and use it as a smoke stick to banish negative energy.

  • Drink it up as a tea for divination and manifestation.

  • Use it in place of sunflowers in spells that use sun magic.

 

Side effects and warnings:

Some people have experienced allergic reactions, stomach discomfort, diarrhea, or heartburn when consuming dandelion.

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