Dandelions, named after the French phrase “dent-de-lion”, which means “lion‟s tooth” on account of the jagged shape of their leaves, have long been prized as an herbal remedy around the globe. While the buttery hued flower is these days usually vilified by gardeners, in other times a tea made from dandelion was said to promote weight loss, treat infections and help reduce inflammation in the body. In fact, in some parts of the Far East, traditional medicinal practitioners commonly still prescribe dandelion tea for all of the above.
These dried flowers from Provence are an excellent example of high quality, well-graded petals, and are ready for use on their own as a tisane, as a blending component, or (hiccup!) for home-brewing wine.