You learn something new every day.
I know that nettles, especially dead nettles, are exceptionally good for you as a food plant. Apparently dandelions are as well, and from what I can tell (and note, I’m not a herbalist so I can’t claim this with true certainty) there’s not much that a dandelion can do to hurt you when you eat it. I have dandelion root tea brewing right now as part of my blood pressure reduction project. I’ve always leaned more towards seeing what Traditional Medicinals can offer me than popping a pill if I can avoid it (so many parentheses in this paragraph-I do medicate when necessary).
I was standing there brewing my tea in my fancy new handled canning jar I picked up just for drinking purposes (seriously with the parentheses, but drinking out of canning jars will weaken them over time, I guess) and was thinking about this column. I normally pre-write an entry or two sometime during the week but we’re in rush season at work and I just didn’t have a chance.
People are strange in that eventually they’re make up a superstition or piece of folklore about most everything, and dandelions don’t seem to be much different:
-Dandelions seem to mark happiness and positive news in most cases, especially when appearing in dreams
-Carrying dandelions in weddings is supposed to draw luck
-The tallest dandelion a child is able to find is supposed to mark how much growth he or she will see in a year
-If a lover blows on a dandelion and seeds remain, then their beloved is untrue
-Dandelion tea is supposed to increase psychic ability. I’ll get back to you in a few weeks on that one
-If a dandelion is closed, it’s going to rain
-The number of breaths it takes to blow a dandelion clean is the current time
Also, you can blame the Europeans for dandelions in America. They were planted deliberately as a medicinal crop.