4/6/2015

Spring Dandelion Juice

Dandelion Juice by Ashley Neese

Today I am sharing a spring juice recipe to support seasonal wellness. Dandelion is one of my favorite spring weeds which has incredible cleansing properties. If you haven’t tried this wild weed before proceed with caution, this juice is BITTER!

Dandelion grows all over the world. It has been used for medicinal purposes since 900 AD. I know, that totally blew my mind too! Dandelion is easy to spot on my neighborhood walks and often grows by streets and freeways. It is easy to recognize from it’s yellow flowers and toothy edges. Picking it wild is fine, but not close to the street – too much run off from the cars. I usually get mine at the Hollywood Farmers market and it’s super inexpensive. A bunch or will last a week depending on how you use it.

Dandelion Juice by Ashley Neese

Dandelion Juice by Ashley Neese

In Chinese medicine dandelion is classified as cold, bitter, and sweet. It is one of the top 6 Chinese herbs because it is so effective in treating a range of health conditions with great success. Dandelion benefits the liver and stomach. It clears heat from the body, cleanses the blood, and reduces inflammation. The roots of dandelion can be found roasted in teas. This tea is one of the most powerful herbal diuretics and is often used in herbal coffee substitutes.

Amazing benefits of dandelion:

  • Cleanses the digestive tract, urinary tract, and liver.
  • The richest vegetable source of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A.
  • Cycle regulation which is key in promoting fertility. It can help reduce PMS symptoms and prevent irregular cycles.
  • Magnesium and potassium help lower blood pressure.
  • Vitamin C, copper, and zinc which strengthen the immune system.
  • Sodium = loaded with electrolytes.
  • Choline, which is essential for memory and brain function.
  • Calcium for bone health.
  • B vitamins reduce the harmful effects of stress.

Dandelion Juice by Ashley Neese

During the spring season I drink dandelion juice 3-4 x per week. In addition to juicing dandelion leaves you can toss them in salads and stir them into soups. You can also drink dandelion tea or take it in the form of a tincture.

To balance the crazy bitterness of the dandelion I added fennel, romaine, parsley, and lemon. These flavors work really well together and keep the juice from being loaded with sugar. This is a seriously cleansing juice! If you’re new to dandelion juice start with just a few leaves and work your way up. The bitterness has a way of masking all other flavors it comes into contact with, balance is key.

Dandelion Juice by Ashley Neese

Spring Dandelion Juice

Serves 1

Ingredients //

  • 2 medium bulbs fennel with stalks and fronds
  • 1/4 bunch dandelion greens
  • 1 medium head romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 bunch flat leaf parsley
  • 1 lemon

 

Method //

Run all ingredients except the lemon through your juicer. Squeeze the lemon juice by hand at the end. Stir well. Best consumed within 3 days at room temperature.

 

Have you tried dandelion juice before? I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

xoa

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