Digging up roots in the fall is part of my spiritual practice, I started in an early age without having conscious knowing of it. Dandelion, the wild spirit within this plant as always caught my attention, harvesting the bloom in the spring, enjoying the green in my soup or salad, and before the frost harden the ground, travelling with my spoon and fork, looking for the dancing intertwined roots. Digging down the ground in search for treasure have been my first initiation into travelling below into the lower world, especially in this season when the veils thin and the ancestors make themselves present into our lives.
Outside the transcending experience of digging out roots, there is of course all the benefits made available to us. Dandelion roots
, supports our digestion by increasing all gastric fluids and supporting our liver functions. They are great allies to clear out when stagnation is present, and are great allies for any PMS, from swollen breast, to heavy cramping, and constipation.
The leaves of Dandelion
are acting within the liquid of our body, stimulating our blood and lymph functions, reducing congestion and swelling.
Both plants in combination are great to gently move out of the sleeping wintery body, inviting a sense of cleanse in our system.
They can be found as Extract and can be taken together or separately depending of what you are looking for.
The other fantastic roots that I dug out last fall, are the majestic Burdock roots, also known as Gobo in Chinese culture. Burdock is a tall plant, having large leaves and stalks, it is a biannual plant, meaning that she will reproduce over 2 years: the first year growing leaves and deep roots, the second year, she will grow stalk and flowers to reproduce herself. By the fall of the 2nd
year the plant come to an end, the seeds have been spread and the root are empty. For this preparation I have harvested 1st
year roots. Burdock have some similarity with Dandelion as they both strengthen our digestion so that everything we are taking in is properly digested and assimilated, they work very well together for anyone that have a slow, sluggish digestion and maybe finished antibiotic treatments.
Burdock roots are well known to clear our skin and support women by stimulating increase of estrogen in our body. Burdock is a plant that also teaches us a lot about patience, only with time and dedication will we be able to enjoy the myriad of wonders this plant is bringing into our life.
I have infused this plant
in Apple Cider Vinegar, for a gentle tonic, and in alcohol for a powerful extract
that will keep our juices flowing!