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Wild Violet and Dandelion Bath Tea Recipe
Wild Violet & Dandelion
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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.
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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?
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Health Benefits of Wild Violets
- Blood Purifier
- Aids Lymphatic System
- Rich in Vitamin C
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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.
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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
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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
Square of cheesecloth
- 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.
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.
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