Dandelion is up to 40 cm high plant. It grows on meadows, and also in parks and gardens. Its blossoms have bright golden colour.
Use in cuisine:
Young leaves can be prepared as a salad that is very good together with potatoes, but has a slightly bitter taste; dandelion can be also prepared like spinach.
Dandelion detoxifies, and acts as a bitter tonic; it also stimulates digestion and bile secretion. Dandelion’s leaves contain a lot of vitamin C, potassium and other minerals. Gather leaves in spring, and dig up roots of two-year-old plants in autumn or early spring. Spread out leaves on a cloth for drying (turn them around often), clean the root and cut it into pieces, and then dry them on the sun or in the oven at 50 °C.
In magic, dandelion is used in summoning spirits, divination and wish potions or spells.
Deadly nightshade has star-shaped flowers. The root is thick and meaty, whitish in color, about 15 cm long and branched. The trunk is purple-coloured, bold, high up to 150 cm (occasionally up to 180 cm). The dark purple flowers appear in June and July and bloom until early September. The fruit ripens in September, after having obtained a shiny black color and the size of a small cherry. It contains a large number of seeds in the dark juice.
Deadly nightshade produces visions, but is better to be avoided. Used in funeral rituals, it helps the deceased to let go and move forward. Gather berries when they are ripe. As every part of the plant is extremely poisonous, neither leaves, berries, nor root should be handled if there are any cuts or abrasions on the hands. The root is the most poisonous, the leaves and flowers less so, and the berries least of all.