cut the dandelion

How to Make a Dandelion Tincture

Dandelions have some very profound heath benefits that many people are unaware of. We have been trained to discard them as weeds, but they pack some powerhouse benefits for our bodies that I think people need to know about! Making a dandelion tincture is a great way to extract the vitamins from the dandelion and enjoy those benefits in a shelf stable liquid throughout the year.

Tinctures are liquid extracts of herbs or florals, generally made with a alcohol. They are taken orally under the tongue or can be diluted in a full glass of water.

Please note: I am not a doctor. So if you are uncertain if dandelion is something you should consume, please consult your physician.

Dandelions contain:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Thiamin
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • B6
  • Folate
  • Choline
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc
  • Copper
  • and Selenium!

How to Prepare Dandelions for a Dandelion Tincture

I started out by harvesting about 10 whole dandelions (including the very long tap root). The roots are an integral part of where these minerals and vitamins are stored.

whole dandelion plant

Wash your dandelions in a water and vinegar, or water and salt solution to remove bugs, dirt, and debris.

The entire plant is edible. It can be consumed raw in a salad or sautéed in a pan! Tinctures are great way to consume the benefits of dandelions when they’re not available in the winter months because they are shelf stable and last indefinitely (if made with alcohol).

dandelion root

I gathered enough dandelion (approx. 10 plants) to prepare two quart sized tinctures. You can do less if you want a smaller amount.

Please keep in mind that dandelions are some of the first foods that pop up for bees in late winter and early spring. It’s important not to over-harvest and only take what you need. We don’t treat our lawn so pulling 10 plants from our property will not impact our local bee population.

cut the dandelion

I separated the parts of the dandelions into small piles so that I could prepare two tinctures with equal parts. Roughly chopping the plant also helps the extraction process by creating more surface area for the vitamins to escape the plant. It will also help you maximize your space and fit more in the jars.

making a dandelion tincture

I split each of the sections evenly between the jars. Roots, taproot/stem, leaves, and flowers were added to each jar.

add vodka to dandelion tincture

Once the jars were packed, I added vodka and completely submerged the dandelions. It’s important that the entire plant is covered or it will mold.

The tincture needs to sit for at least 8 weeks for the extraction process to be complete.

Once the 8 weeks is complete, you can strain the extract from the dandelions and store the tincture in a cool, dark place.

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  1. If the dandelion dries out are the nutrients still in it? Or do you have to make the tincture fresh as soon as u pull it u from the ground?.

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