How to Gather & Process Dandelion Roots in the City

The act of wildcrafting (gathering roots and herbs) is wonderfully good for the soul, especially for city dwellers. Not only does it take me out for a walk, but it also gives me a mission. It makes me feel like a kid when I’d run wild for hours and pretend to be a scientist or a witch, dig up “medicines” from the Earth. It turns out we really can dig up medicines from the Earth, even in the city.

Dandelion root is a great place to start if you’re not familiar with wildcraft. Dandelion is easy to identify and grows almost everywhere.

Below are a few tips and tricks to help you harvest and process dandelion roots.

Medicinal Benefits of Dandelion Root

-Boosts the immune system
-Fights off microbes and fungi
-Rich in vitamin K, C, A, calcium, fiber, potassium
-Also has iron, B6, and magnesium
-Full of antioxidants
-Digestive aid
-Cleans out the kidneys
-Improves liver function
-Helps to regulate blood sugar
-Diuretic
-Lowers cholesterol in animal studies
-Reduces inflammation
-Increases bile production

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