Meadowsweet, aka Filipendula ulmaria, has a long history among those who doctor or assist in healing, including Mom’s through the ages. Part of the beauty this stately shrub brings to the stage is an ability to help the body detoxify and alkalize, soothe and tone, and perhaps most especially relieve pain.
Dandelion is in most liver tonics due to its oils, the bitter resins that stimulate the digestive system. The fiber in the whole plant is described as viscous because of its astonishing ability to absorb and transport toxins from the bowels out of the body, balance intestinal flora, and soothe the digestive tract in the process.
Summer is mosquito season in my neck of the woods. All of Oregon's standing water during breeding season gives the nasty little buggers plenty of spaces to raise their families. The oil in this formula serves two purposes: it allows the essential oils a chance to linger on the skin and brings in the healing powers of calendula as an anti-immflammatory for existing bites. You may spray this formula on your skin after the mosquitoes have gone to bed to ease the itching from the spots they got to before you pulled out the herbs.
The Dandelion tops in this recipe offer a good liver-supporting element that offsets the challenges alcohol offers the liver and supporting systems. You can substitute Dandelion Root for tops using the same quantities. Dandelion is a terrific and easy Hop-substitute for home brew!