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Wild Violet and Dandelion Bath Tea Recipe

Updated on May 4, 2013

Wild Violet & Dandelion

Wild Violet and Dandelion Bath Tea Recipe.
Wild Violet and Dandelion Bath Tea Recipe. | Source

My Garden of Wildflowers

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the bees are always welcome in my garden of thistles, dandelions, fuchsia, roses, poppies and many unidentified wildflowers.
the bees are always welcome in my garden of thistles, dandelions, fuchsia, roses, poppies and many unidentified wildflowers. | Source
my garden of wildflowers or weeds?
my garden of wildflowers or weeds? | Source
 single wild poppy which was the inspiration for many of my mum's paintings.
single wild poppy which was the inspiration for many of my mum's paintings. | Source
group of Poppies growing wild.
group of Poppies growing wild. | Source
majestic towering wild fuchsia in our garden which are one of my favorite flowers.
majestic towering wild fuchsia in our garden which are one of my favorite flowers. | Source
fuchsia fruit and fuchsia petals are edible.
fuchsia fruit and fuchsia petals are edible. | Source
wild roses growing in our hedge.
wild roses growing in our hedge. | Source
rose petals are edible and may be used in homemade pot pourri, rosewater and for sugar frosting.
rose petals are edible and may be used in homemade pot pourri, rosewater and for sugar frosting. | Source
pretty purple flowers or weeds?
pretty purple flowers or weeds? | Source
a mass of purple bursts into profusion but is it a flower or a weed?
a mass of purple bursts into profusion but is it a flower or a weed? | Source

Wildflowers not Weeds ~

One man’s weed is another man’s edible flower, beauty treatment or bath tea ingredient.

Yes, those pests you may consider weeds, namely Wild Violets and Dandelions are the plants to which I refer to.

I have always loved violets and never actually considered them undesirables. Dandelions on the other hand are a different story. They have driven me mad for years, popping up through the garden and patio and always a nightmare to remove properly.

Well now I have been enlightened and I hope to convey the amazing benefits of these two wildflowers that are growing on our doorsteps.

Making a relaxing bath tea with these two flowers is one great way to utilize these wildflowers that grow in abundance and abandonment, much to the annoyance of many homeowners across the continents.

Instead of paying for a trip to the overpriced Spa, why not bring the spa to you.

Start making your very own therapeutic beauty treat by having a soak in a bath of tea made from wild violets and dandelions.

The beauty of this recipe lies in the simplicity of it and you may substitute the violets and dandelions for other flowers, leaves or herbs. Let’s first take a look at the flowers and their health benefits.

Wild Violets

How could you consider this a nuisance?
How could you consider this a nuisance? | Source

Spring Flowers

Violet flowers multiply and spread rapidly.
Violet flowers multiply and spread rapidly. | Source

Wild Violets Leaf Oil Infusion

Wild Violets (Viola papilionacea) ~

Violets number up to 500 different species across the world, predominantly within the northern hemisphere countries but do have a presence in The Andes and Australasia.

Often classed as an old fashioned flower, violets are a flower I associate with my grandmother who used to love growing them and making violet toilette water as a soft feminine perfume she wore everyday. Violets are often associated with solid perfume as both are classed as fragrance of a bygone era.

Wild Violets are one of the many different species of Violets and the one that has plagued garden lovers as it seems to be relentless in growing wherever it pleases.

These low growing perennial plants love shady spots in the garden or in woody areas under trees at first then may move to sunnier areas.

When they first appear in spring, they are a lovely burst of blue to purple or white colored flowers with five petals and a white centre. Their leaves are a distinctive heart shape and it is the leaves that hold many of the violets health benefits.

Wild Violets are edible and as in any edible plants, uses only those you are sure have not been sprayed with dangerous pesticides (organic).

They have been used in a variety of ways through the centuries due to their health benefits and fragrance.

Tea, jelly, syrup, tarts, cookies, sauces, salads, soups, stews, sandwich fillings, vinegar, or even the flowers sprinkled on a slice of brown bread with Philadelphia cream cheese. Tasty and pretty! Why not substitute the rose petals in frosted rose petal recipe and use the wild violet petals for a gorgeous tasty decorative feature for deserts?

Health Benefits of Wild Violets

  • Blood Purifier
  • Aids Lymphatic System
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Headaches
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis

Dandelion Flower

the entire dandelion plant has uses from the flower petals all the way down to the root.
the entire dandelion plant has uses from the flower petals all the way down to the root. | Source

Cluster of Dandelions

one of the most beneficial plants you can take and include in your diet.
one of the most beneficial plants you can take and include in your diet. | Source

Dandelion Smoothie

Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) ~

In 1984, the USDA ranked the dandelion greens as being one of the top most nutritious vegetables.

In fact the list of health benefits of the dandelion is staggering, so long is the list that I have added a link to the full and fascinating list here. It truly is one of the most incredibly nutritious and beneficial plants I have come across.

There seems to be nothing negative about this so called weed other than it persistently grows without our permission everywhere.

The one plant that is relentless in its growth costs us nothing and could provide us with all the health benefits we need and more. I for one have changed my opinion on dandelions, that’s for sure.

The common dandelion grows in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and regions of Canada. They seem to grow everywhere including the sides of the road, in lawns, woods, near water and even small cracks in patios.

Dandelions may be used as a medicinal herb, cooked like a leaf vegetable, used in salads raw, made into tea, wine, jam and even the root has been used as a coffee substitute.

They are easily spotted with their bright yellow flower heads on the top of a long stem. The heads eventually turn into white soft balls of tuft which then just get blown away in the wind.You may know them as clocks or blowballs.

Dandelion leaves grow both horizontally along the ground and upright. They have jagged looking edges and are up to 45 cm long and 10 cm wide.

Health Benefits of Dandelions

  • Eliminate Toxins
  • Purifies Blood
  • Aids Digestion
  • Helps Lower High Blood Pressure
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Dissolves Kidney Stones
  • Controls Constipation
  • Controls Diarrhoea
  • Eliminates Acne
  • Cleanses Skin
  • Rich in Trace Elements
  • Rich in Vitamins A, C, B’s, D
  • Rich in Protein
  • Rich in Fibre
  • Reduces Liver Inflammation

Easy to Make Bath Tea Using Oatmeal, Lavender, Chamomile, Epsom Salt and Essential Oil.

Would you try either of these?

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Easy Bath Tea Recipe ~

1-2 cups of chopped Wild Violet flowers and leaves

1-2 cups of chopped Dandelion petals and leaves

Glass bowl

Square of cheesecloth

String

Sieve

Method:

  • Boil a kettle of water.
  • Place the chopped flowers, petals and leaves into the glass bowl.
  • Pour the boiling water into the bowl to cover them.
  • Allow to steep for 20 minutes.
  • While the bath tea is steeping, start to run your bath.
  • After 20 minutes, pour the bath tea through the sieve directly into the bath and give a stir.
  • Empty the sieve into the middle of the cheesecloth and make a little sack.
  • Tie with the string and add the bag into the bath.
  • You are now ready to enjoy your Wild Violet and Dandelion bath tea soak.

Tips:

ALWAYS make sure to gently wash all the flowers and leaves before using, they may have been exposed to animal excrement and chemicals. Drain on a paper towel gently or use a salad spinner.

Dandelion Art - Do You Love Dandelions Enough?

A dandelion sculpture made in bronze and steel created by students in Norway. This 9 meter high sculpture is situated at City Syd in Tiller, Trondheim, Norway.
A dandelion sculpture made in bronze and steel created by students in Norway. This 9 meter high sculpture is situated at City Syd in Tiller, Trondheim, Norway. | Source

Author Info ~

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Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I thought this was a hub about the Great Depression. I remember my mom telling me about drinking dandelion tea back in the 30's. Very cool hub, Irish! Well done!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Sorry to disappoint!! The Great Depression is not my cup of tea (lol, sorry could not resist!). i could not believe the benefits of dandelion in particular so this was an eyeopener for me for sure. Cheers Bill, have a great weekend with Bev, glad to hear you had a cool Valentine's Day, loved Bev dropping notes everywhere for you!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, this was fascinating Suzie. Never realized that those darn dandelions were so beneficial. I certainly have enough wild violet and dandelion in my yard to fill a swimming pool. Maybe I'll start harvesting them instead of trying to get rid of them :) Great job, love the photos and video. VU, sharing, pinning, etc...

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Many thanks for taking a peak here. Well if you rid your garden of the violets and the dandelions you will also avail of the benefits by using them in different ways if you fancy it!! You are doing the two things in one go so that sounds like a plan to me!! Appreciate your kind words, votes, share and pin as always, have a great Sunday!!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As always I love your innovative healthy brews and potions. This is great and thanks for always explaining the values...Voting up and sharing around the globe..and pinning.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Delighted you enjoyed this. My other half looked at the title and looked puzzled and amused by the title and subject!

      Well I have to shake things up, don't I?? LOL This was an exclusive title that grabbed by attention as both these "flowers" are considered weeds by so many. Appreciate your continuing support Carol, your votes and shares and pinning!! :-)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Your beauty product recipes are stellar! Keep up the great work.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi randomcreative,

      Appreciate your kind comments, glad you are enjoying these recipes!!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Suzie,

      My ancestors were naturalist. They have passed their knowledge of herbs until my father's generation. I tried to become a modernist and did not take interest in herbs. Now I know how wrong I was.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge and expertise.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vinaya,

      Thanks for your interesting words. Herbs have so many uses and have been used for centuries for many medicinal benefits. Maybe you could find out those old recipes, what interesting heirlooms they would be. Appreciate your support here!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Violets also remind me of my grandmother--they grew wild in her yard and I used to pick them, marveling at their miniature size and detail. And I've heard about the benefits of dandelions but have never tasted them. This tea bath sounds like a good idea, both relaxing and medicinal. I wish we could get violets here, but I've never seen them n Peru. They would be beautiful frosted with your recipe and placed atop an elegant cupcake. Sounds perfect for a spa party! : )

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Vespa,

      Interesting how you too have memories of violets and your grandmother. it is seen by many as an "old fashioned" flower which I really love. The oldies are the goodies as the saying goes! We have so many dandelions here in the countryside that it is marvelous knowing how useful this plant is! Agree that violets would look gorgeous frosted like rose petal sand also in potpourri or even bath salts. Thanks Vespa for your comments as always, love receiving them from you!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I love it! I will never look at those wildflowers the same again.

      I remember my father telling me that at one time he cooked dandelions for himself when we didn't have a lot of money. I haven't done that, but I have had a detoxifying tea with dandelion in it.

      Thanks for another great hub. I don't know how I missed this!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Dandelions are so good for you and it is something I learnt for sure! Knew certain things but not the full extent so they are definitely worth keeping (a few at least!). Glad you enjoyed this and hopefully will get to pick your own and make some brew! Cheers for your interest and comments!!

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