The Delicious Dandy Dandelion: 10 plus uses

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The Dandy Dandelion


Yes, I know I spelled that wrong. I know it is spelled dandelion.  I was thinking about how I like the name, which is comprised of two words. Dandy and Lion.  I wondered also how much trouble this spelling of dropping the Y and putting the E in its place when combining the words causes for kids just learning to spell it.

In an earlier post, I started talking about dandelions. There are many more recipes and uses for these plants than I could have imagined. I decided it was worth giving them their post on the blog.


Do you know the meaning of its name? The name means “lion tooth.”.  The symbolism stands for courage, pride, family, and the sun. The seeds symbolize fertility and wishes. Most people refer to it as an annoying weed. This flower is resistant and determined to grow.  I think this symbolizes a lot of people who have overcome hard times.  It is a good example for those struggling with chronic and invisible illnesses. They (or we) keep putting one foot in front of the other, no matter what life or our health tries to trip us up with.

Click the above photo and visit Grit & Grace on Facebook to join in a discussion about wishes.






Joybilee Farm has a great post filled with information on using them for food and medicine.

Here is a compilation of some great informative posts. From thought-provoking posts to recipe and craft posts,.


  • Indulge in culinary delights like Strawberry Dandelion Cake with Berry Cream Frosting and Edible Flower Cookies.
  • Delight your taste buds with homemade treats like Dandelion Candy and Dandelion Bread.
  • Explore the versatility of dandelions with innovative recipes like Dandelion Pesto and Dandelion Mead.

Identifying and Foraging  



This one, I can not wait to try to make myself Dandelion, Violet Lemonade

I also want to try this Gelatin and Candy. 

I love unfiltered raw honey. This recipe is infused with Dandelion root. I didn’t use the root but I recently made some infused honey and vinegar with this weed/flower.

As I mentioned in my previous post I had never heard of Dandelion bread before Homespun Seasonal Living mentioned it in her newsletter.

These Lemon Bars look delish.

Shortbread Cookies and Macaroons 

I mentioned my favorite Dandelion-based coffee replacement in this post. 

How about some muffins go along with it?

I came across a gummy recipe the other day.

Would you like a glass of Wine? Or perhaps some  Jelly?  I love tea.   Traditional medicinals and Yogi Tea both have detox  teas that are tasty.  Here is a link about the benefits of tea

I came across a dandelion gummy recipe the other day.


Personal Care Products

  • Pamper yourself with luxurious  Bath Bombs and nourishing Magnesium Lotion.
  • Discover the beauty of handmade soaps infused with dandelion goodness, including Honey & Dandelion Soap and Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap.

Dandelion Bath Bombs and Balm

This one, I really want to try Magnesium Lotion. I’d like to make it in a hard lotion bar since that is my new favorite way to use lotion.



  • Enhance your herbal knowledge with informative articles on foraging, herbalism, and the health benefits of these plants.
  • Engage in nature studies with educational links tailored for homeschooling students.
  • Tap into the wisdom of herbalists and experts offering insights into the nutritional and medicinal properties of dandelions.

Dandelion links for homestudy or homeschooling students nature studies


Arts & Crafts

Play Dough

Pretty Arts & Crafts 

Make A Wish Craft

Thumbprint craft

Check out Joybilee Farms Pinterest board dedicated to this dandy flower.

Still want more? Look at all the results that popped up when I put the key word Dandelion in on Pinterest?


Community Engagement:

  • Join discussions and connect with fellow enthusiasts on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
  • Explore Pinterest boards dedicated to dandelion crafts, recipes, and herbal remedies for endless inspiration.



Are you interested in learning more about herbalism?

So you want to be an herbalist 

Goal: Learning more about Herbs

Learning More About Herbs: Resources


And I just found more that I had listed but forgot to put in this post:




Strawberry Dandelion Cake with Berry Cream Frosting | SchneiderPeeps






Canning Dandelion Flower Jelly | A Farm Girl in the Making


Homemade Dandelion Bread | Homespun Seasonal Living


Colleen, Grow Forage Cook Ferment Newsletter: “My very favorite early sign of spring is seeing the sunny faces of dandelions, reminding me that brighter days are ahead!” They are endlessly useful; they are edible and medicinal, and there are so many things you can make with this otherwise commonly known “weed.” To think of the injustice of everyone going to lengths to get rid of this amazing plant!

You will want to be careful when foraging  to be sure they’re in an area that isn’t sprayed with chemicals.”







Heidi <heidivillegas@healingharvesthomestead.com>: Did you know you can use dandelion parts as food as well as medicine? The roots are an incredible liver tonic and are often used as a substitute for coffee, along with chicory root. The roots contain rather high levels of inulin, which is excellent for helping to balance your microbiome and gut health.

The leaves are amazingly nutritious for the body, containing several essential minerals, including calcium in high amounts, iron, magnesium, and potassium, as well as several vitamins. They’re bitter herbs and are exceptionally helpful for digestion.

Identifying and Foraging Dandelions: The Perfect Survival Food and Medicine (Benefits and Uses) — All Posts Healing Harvest Homestead

Spring Greens Dandelion Pesto: So Easy. So Delicious! So Healthy. So Inexpensive! The Perfect Survival Food — All Posts Healing Harvest Homestead

Simple and Easy Homemade Lotion Recipe with Dandelion: No Greasy Feel, Perfect Skin Hydration — All Posts Healing Harvest Homestead


Handmade Dandelion Soap (Crock Pot Method) (thenerdyfarmwife.com)

Dandelion Shampoo Bars Recipe (thenerdyfarmwife.com)

Dandelion Scrub Bar Soap Recipe (thenerdyfarmwife.com)

Honey & Dandelion Soap Recipe (thenerdyfarmwife.com)

How to Make Herbal Liquid Soap from Scratch {+ recipes} (thenerdyfarmwife.com)

Dandelion & Honey Liquid Soap Recipe (thenerdyfarmwife.com)


Dandelion Benefits (herbalremediesadvice.org)


Kathie at Homespun Seasonal Living 

Free Dandelion Monograph

DIY Wildcrafted Spring Salad Mix | Growing Up Herbal

Dandelion Egg Noodles | Homespun Seasonal Living

Spring Herbal Remedies | Homespun Seasonal Living

Using Dandelions for Food and Medicine | Homespun Seasonal Living

Dandelion Salve | Homespun Seasonal Living

Kathie Lapcevic (@homespunseasonalliving) • Instagram photos and videos


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Updated 7/6/2019: I just discovered that my link up with Farm Fresh Tuesday led to this post being featured on Rockin  W Homestead. I encourage you to go on over and see what other great posts she has on her blog.  

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  1. Yay for dandelions! They’re so useful! Great post – thank you for the links. It’s important to be careful where you get them from though as many places put weed killer on their dandelions.

  2. I love the connection you’ve made to dandelions being like us chronically ill folk. It’s so spot on and perhaps I’ll be a bit nicer to the dandelions in my own yard. I’m definitely bookmarking this so I can get creative with them, maybe even try to make some tea.

  3. Wow I had no idea there was so much you could do with dandelions! Pinning for later, there is a field near my house full of dandelions, I’d love to try some of these! Thanks for putting this together!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays!

    I’m not sure why…but your images aren’t showing up in your post. I hope it is just a glitch but wanted to let you know.

  5. Lots of good info and interesting too! I pinned this! Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 8, this party will be open until January 26.

    My themed party 9 for All Things Crochet is open until January 25 if you have any appropriate posts.

    I would love to have you join me at my short story prompt party February 2 to 9 for fun and creativity. Just start typing and see what you come up with. Remember, no story is too short! The prompt is: The sun was shining brightly but then…

  6. great info I use herbs for many things I know dandelions are healthy and should be allowed to grow for the Bee’s they need them thanks for your very informative post.

  7. Great information about dandelions. I raised some in our greenhouse a few years ago to sell at market, but most people refused to believe they were edible. Thanks for helping to spread the word! They are bitter, but so good for you. And one of the few natural sources of Vitamin A!!

  8. Unfortunately, dandelions will overwhelm native fauna, changing and sometimes destroying the local ecoculture.
    And they are classed as noxious weeds in many jurisdictions in North America.

  9. I don’t know if your first sentence was meant to be humorous, but dandelion is from the French “dents-de-lion”, or lion’s teeth. It refers to the shape of the leaves.

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