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