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Dandelion Root Infused Honey

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Fall is the time to harvest medicinal dandelion roots. We can make the most of those tenacious roots and their therapeutic benefits by making dandelion root infused honey. This is a simple herbal remedy with multiple and tasty uses.

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Benefits & Uses of Dandelion Root

Dandelion roots are believed to help secrete toxins from the body. Traditionally, dandelion roots have been prized for their ability to flush and tone the liver. It acts as a diuretic and is often used to flush uric acid in the treatment of gout. These same detoxifying powers are also said to help keep the skin clear. Its bitter flavor can help aid digestion.

How to Harvest Dandelion Root

Dandelions are tenacious with a long taproot that is hard to remove. It is easiest to dig them up after a fall rain. Find a soft spot of ground, in the garden if possible, and dig up the root with a shovel. It will likely break off, that’s okay, just gather whatever is possible. Cut the greens from the roots. Wash and scrub the dirt off the roots.

The roots can now be dried or used fresh. Heck, they can even be tossed into soup.

Make the most of fall's healing roots by making dandelion root infused honey to help the body flush toxins and aid digestion.

How to Make Dandelion Root Infused Honey

Honey has many medicinal benefits on its own and when combined with dandelion root there are numerous ways to apply their combined healing powers.

Slice the washed roots about 1/4″ thick. Fill a jar 1/2 full with the sliced roots. Fill the jar with raw honey, leaving about 1/2″ headspace in the jar. Remove air bubbles and stir the roots in the honey.

Some heat needs to be applied to help the medicinal qualities of the roots extract into the honey.  To avoid cooking the raw honey, a low steady heat is ideal. This can be done in a couple of ways:

  1. Place the jar into a saucepan with simmering water. Do not get water in the honey. This acts like a double boiler, just keep it low so the honey doesn’t foam. Keep the honey warming for about 2 hours. Add more water as necessary.
  2. Put the jar into a dehydrator and turn it to 95 degrees. Let it sit in the dehydrator for 6 to 12 hours. (I prefer this method because it doesn’t need to be watched.)

After the infusion process is complete. Strain the roots from the honey. Put the dandelion root honey into a clean, labeled jar. Store in a cool, dark cabinet.

Make the most of fall's healing roots by making dandelion root infused honey to help the body flush toxins and aid digestion.

How to Use Dandelion Root Infused Honey

Use it to sweeten dandelion root tea and increase the intake of both its and honey’s detoxifying qualities. Both honey and dandelion help with digestion making it a perfect after feasting dessert drink to help the body cope with a large meal. Add it to any herbal tea to help flush toxins from the body and perhaps kick a cold faster.

The medicinal benefits and bitterness concentrate in the roots during the fall. So be sure to use this season to do a little dandelion root digging. Then, get busy with some creative medicine making in your kitchen with this easy and tasty herbal home remedy.

Make the most of fall's healing roots by making dandelion root infused honey to help the body flush toxins and aid digestion.

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Colleen

Monday 22nd of October 2018

Would just a tsp a day or Tablespoon of dandelion infused honey actually be enough per day to help health wise? I know honey is great so I guess if you use honey every day then it might help? Wondering about amount to ingest for benefit to body system. Thanks

Mama Cheryl

Tuesday 14th of August 2018

I can not find dandelions where I live. Does anyone know where I can get it?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 19th of August 2018

You can sometimes buy dried dandelion root from many health food stores.

Susan Hemmingway

Saturday 14th of October 2017

Can you do this with the dried herb?

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 15th of October 2017

I've never tried, I imagine you could but maybe infuse for it longer to help it hydrate.

Konstantina

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Wonderful idea! Thank you. One of the best herbs on the planet and my favorite greens. Can't wait.... :)

Homespun Seasonal Living

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Oh enjoy!

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Wednesday 5th of October 2016

I love to roast the roots for a coffee substitiute!

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