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Dandelion Leaf, Root, & Artichoke Leaf Glycerite

Dandelion Leaf, Root, & Artichoke Leaf Glycerite

by Kirstin Biery

For my herbal preparations project, I chose to make a glycerite instead of a tincture. We have an alcohol-free house, so making a standard alcohol-based tincture would not work for us.

I chose to make a bitter glycerite of dandelion leaf, dandelion root, and artichoke leaf. This will greatly benefit both of us for digestion; but definitely help my husband who does not have a gall bladder. This will help stimulate bile to aid in digestion. This will also help to heal & restore the liver. Below is a brief list of these herbs’ properties.


Artichoke Leaf:

  • System: digestive-liver, gall bladder, urinary
  • Actions: bitter, liver protective & restorative, choleretic, cholagogue
  • Energy: cool, moist, sweet, bitter, slightly salty; good for all 3 types, but more limited on Seer
  • Treats liver & gallbladder disease, high cholesterol, indigestion
  • Stimulates flow of bile from the liver; liver protector & rebuilder

Dandelion Leaf & Root:

  • System: digestive, musculoskeletal, urinary
  • Actions: diuretic, nutritive tonic, laxative, cholagogue, choleretic, stomachic, anti-rheumatic
  • Energy: cool, dry, bitter (root); cool, dry, bitter, slightly sweet (spring root); cool, dry, bitter (leaf)
    • Good for all types as gentle liver cleanser; Warrior
  • Dandelion & milk thistle are best herbs for liver detoxification
  • Tonifies the liver, improves bile flow

Ingredients Used:

  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Dandelion Root
  • Artichoke Leaf
  • Natural Vegetable Glycerin
  • Distilled Water


Method: Using the folk method, I poured some of each of the herbs in a glass jar until it was about half full.

Next, I poured a small amount of distilled water (1/4 cup) and filled the rest with glycerin.  I stirred the mixture, topped it off with more glycerin, then stirred again.

I then placed the jar containing the mixture into a water bath in an instant pot on the slow cook setting and left it there for three days; shaking the jar once or twice a day.

After the three days, I strained the glycerite using a nut milk filter bag and a ricer to extract all of the liquid.

Lastly, after straining the liquid, I poured the glycerite liquid into amber-colored dropper bottles with a funnel.

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