Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Description:
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.

Health:
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.

Magical use:
In magic, dandelion is used in summoning spirits, divination and wish potions or spells.

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