Most of us think of the invasive dandelion as a pesky weed. I know I did! But after health issues exposed me to natural medicine, I learned that the dandelion root has much to offer the human body, particularly where the liver is concerned. In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a DIY dandelion root tincture for liver support!
Disclaimer: please be aware that I’m not a certified herbalist, nutritionist, naturopath or any type of medical professional. I’m just a simple country girl who is sharing knowledge for informational purposes only!
How to Create a Dandelion Root Tincture
The process is very simple and once you learn, you’ll wonder why you didn’t learn sooner! To create a tincture, you’ll need:
- fresh dandelion roots
- 40 proof vodka
- a glass jar with a lid.
Really. That’s it! Let me walk you through it all, step by step.
Harvesting Dandelion Root
When harvesting dandelion, be sure to avoid areas where sprays, roundup or weed killer may have been used. Your own backyard may be the safest place to forage from!
Harvest fresh dandelion root in early spring before the plant flowers out. You can also gather them in the fall after the blossoms have died back. By harvesting the plant when it’s in a dormant state, roots are at their richest and contain the highest amounts of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and inulin.
Using a shovel, loosen the soil around your dandelion plants, collecting as much of the white taproot as possible.
Cleaning Dandelion Roots
When you’re satisfied with your collection, spray the roots off at an outdoor faucet. Remove the green tops and toss them aside. Side note: if they are young and tender, you can save and add them to a green salad.
Bring the roots indoors and give them yet another rinse and if necessary, a scrub at your kitchen sink. Once they’re clean, grab a cutting board and a knife. It’s time to get busy!
Preparing Your Dandelion Roots
Dice the roots into 1/4-1/2 inch chunks until they’re all chopped up. Pop them into a clean jar. Add vodka until the roots are covered by 1/2 inch of liquid.
Pop a lid on your jar and let it sit for 6-8 weeks in a dark place. After this time has passed, line a bowl with a cotton cloth, then pour the contents of your jar into it. Lift the cloth and dump the dandelion roots into the compost.
If you have floaties, fold your straining cloth several times and send the liquid through it once again. And then? It’s time to bottle up your DIY dandelion root tincture!
Storing Your Dandelion Root Tincture
Pour the liquid into a small bottle, ideally one with an eye dropper! Tighten the lid and store in a dark, cool place. And if you feel the need for a liver cleanse, take 5-6 drops under the tongue for several weeks at a time!