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Dandelion Soda

Gut-Healing Dandelion Soda

Dandelions, the weed the world loves to hate!  Well, not all of us.  Some of us are acutely aware that this weed, which may be a nuisance to some, can be a life savior for others.  Dandelions are one of the most widely foraged medicinal herbs.  Each flower head contains nearly 300 petals, and we will be using these petals today to make a delicious gut-healing soda. The Dandelion Soda recipe is simple and straightforward and may possibly be the most delicious gut-healing drink to date. Let’s briefly look at the history of dandelions and some of their benefits before we dive into the recipe.

Brief History of the Medicinal Use of Dandelion

Dandelion has a rich history in the medical practices of many Native American nations, including the Iroquois, Navajo, and Cherokee peoples. It was their go-to herbal remedy for gastrointestinal difficulties, a testament to its long-standing effectiveness. Dandelion’s historical use demonstrates trust and confidence in its medicinal abilities, establishing a sense of assurance in all of its potential advantages, and there are many examples.

Dandelions were used in Europe, China, India, and Russia to treat skin, infection, liver, and digestive problems. They are among Mexico’s most widely used plants for herbal remedies and Mexican American traditional medicine. Added to that, dandelions have maintained their medical splendor among the Chinese. They claimed to have used them to cure digestive and liver problems. Meanwhile, Arabian physicians used them for similar purposes in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Aside from its pharmacological properties, dandelion is well-known by cultures worldwide for its safety profile. But let’s delve deeper into what research suggests this enduring healing plant can do.

Health Benefits of Dandelion

Dandelion plants offer a wealth of therapeutic possibilities. They can be used in various forms, both topically and internally, with every part edible except for the stem. Their antioxidant-rich nature has been shown to reduce inflammation and arthritic pain in laboratory studies. However, as recognized by generations before us, the most significant health benefits of dandelions lie in their ability to support the digestive system. Dandelions gut-healing ingredients support this process from the liver to the gut microbiome.

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Dandelion roots especially, along with the flowers, contain inulin, a prebiotic that nourishes the good bacteria in our guts, supporting gut maintenance and improvement. This flowering weed also stimulates liver enzymes like pancreatic lipase and protects the gastrointestinal system. It is also useful for helping your body eliminate extra fluids and maintain blood sugar levels. In addition, dandelions can help detox the gallbladder while boosting kidney function. These same detoxification qualities may also help clear up skin issues.

Now, all we have to do is figure out how to use this extremely bitter plant without upsetting our palates! My gut-healing dandelion soda is one way you can do this. It’s made using a fermented ginger bug, which is also excellent for digestive health, and a little spearmint, which soothes the gut and is a fantastic natural flavoring agent. If you’re starting with step one, you’ll need about a week to make this gut-healing drink, but once your ginger bug gets going, it can be fed and used repeatedly for this and other soda recipes.

Gut Healing Soda Recipe with Dandelion Flowers

First, you’ll need to make a ginger bug from ginger root, sugar, and water—a ginger bug will “collect” wild yeasts and bacteria that eat the sugar and release carbon dioxide as a “waste” product. This way it’s creating a naturally fizzy liquid that can be turned into soda.

To make one, you’ll need: Dandelion Soda - Ginger 1
  • 3 tablespoons grated or finely chopped organic ginger root
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Plus: Additional sugar and ginger for feeding
Steps:
  1. Combine the ginger, sugar, and water in a quart-size wide-mouth mason jar and give it a shake to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Place a piece of cheesecloth or a coffee filter over the jar and secure it with a lid ring or rubber band. Find a warm spot to let the jar ferment.
  3. ginger remedy 1For the next week, add one tablespoon of finely chopped or grated ginger and sugar daily to feed the ginger bug. By the end of the week, you’ll start to see some lively activity in the jar, and there might be a subtle aroma of yeast. These indicators suggest that fermentation is taking place as expected! If there is no noticeable bubbling after a week, or if mold develops on the surface, it might be necessary to begin the process again.
  4. After bubbles have formed at the top of the ginger bug, it is ready for use in your homemade healthy soda recipe. Grab what you need for this recipe and continue establishing the ginger bug for later use. ginger remedy 2
  5. Make sure to feed the ginger bug daily to keep it alive. If you won’t be using the ginger bug for a while, it can be safely stored in a refrigerator and fed once a week. Once you’re prepared to use your ginger bug again, find a spot at room temperature and continue feeding it daily.

How to Make Dandelion Soda

Please note that when harvesting any wild edibles, you need to pay attention to whether there is a probability that pesticides have been used on or near the dandelions. If so, they are not good to consume!

You will need: Dandelion Soda - Dandelion Soda Ingredients
  • 3/4 C. of freshly plucked and washed dandelion heads (or roots, if you have some)
  • 2 cups water
  • A sprig of peppermint
  • 1/2 cup ginger bug starter
How to Make:
  1. Pick enough petals from the dandelion heads to fill three-quarters of a cup. Dandelion Soda - Dandelion Soda 2
  2. Boil some water, pour it over the petals, and let it steep until it cools completely. Dandelion Soda - Dandelion Soda 3
  3. Once cooled, strain the dandelion petals through a sieve or cheesecloth, pressing out all of the liquid. Dandelion Soda - Dandelion Soda 4
  4. Add one-half cup of ginger bug to a mug, followed by half of the dandelion “tea.”Dandelion Soda - Dandelion Soda 6
  5. Pour that mixture into a fresh glass with ice and garnish with fresh mint if desired.Dandelion Soda - mint soda
  6. You can try making this dandelion drink in different ways. For a citrusy splash, try adding lime or lemon juice and zest.

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Thank you so much for this recipe. I would love to try it, but I try to stay away from refined table sugar. Do you know if it is possible to make the ginger bug using coconut sugar or some other unrefined sugar?

Last edited 22 days ago by Marianna

I would also like to try it but I have type 1 diabetes so would have to find a sugar free alternative.

My husband is diabetic and we use Stevia in place of sugar.

What about honey? Low glycemic, sweet, and never goes bad!

The sugar is necessary for feeding the bacteria unfortunately. Cane sugar was used in this recipe, but if the aim is to eliminate sugar altogether, I would skip the ginger bug and just make a tea. I hope this helps!

I make kimchi. What would be the effect do you think of adding dandelion leaves into the mix?

That would be interesting. Can you tell us how it comes out?

I’ve just been reading an 80+ page insurance document, so my brain is a little fuzzy! I assume that if you take out 1/2 cup of liquid from the bug, you need to replace that as well as feed the bug. This all sounds great, but doing all this daily probably isn’t going to happen for me. I’ve not had success with friendship bread or sourdough – I can’t remember to take care of it daily! It would be nice if this could somehow have at least parts of it done ahead and in quantity. And what about in winter? Also, is this a long-term daily tonic, or does it just need to be taken for a short period? I have self-diagnosed IBS-D. Self-diagnosed because after years of tests, none of the doctors has been able to tell me what is going on, nor have they put a name to it or given me a solution. Ten years now of feeling like I have the flu nearly every day. Supplements help (when I remember to take them), but I’m never 100%.

I think you could use ginger and dandelion petals tea instead of making it fuzzy. You might not get all benefits ,but it’s better than nothing. Yogurt have probiotic and I eat it daily with granola and seeds mix and berries, If you have IBS you would have to see what you can tolarate. Wishing you all the best.

Hi yem Nina De Groote yes y like the buck bath y dont se it is psichical wersion

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