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Dandelion wine is one of the best and most tasteful homemade wines. What is good is that you can easily prepare it yourself. This article wi...

How to make Dandelion Wine

Dandelion wine is one of the best and most tasteful homemade wines. What is good is that you can easily prepare it yourself. This article will help you with how to make dandelion wine.
How to make Dandelion Wine

This post brings you articles from various sources.

Dandelions For Homemade Wine

Dandelions grow in most parts of the country. Here in North Carolina, we see them all year, but they mainly flower from March to November. You can collect the entire plant including the root if you want a drier, more bitter wine. Use just the flowers if you want a sweeter wine. Either way, clean them well. The roots can harbor sand in the crevasses, and bacteria on the entire plant.
Source - https://www.diynatural.com/dandelion-wine-recipe/

Dandelion wine is an old school recipe that has been around for centuries. The yellow petals have a honey-like flavor and they make a delicious wine! I prefer to make dandelion mead, as I feel like it is even more flavorful that way. Mead is simply wine that is made with honey instead of sugar. This dandelion mead recipe is easy to make and uses the abundance of foraged dandelions to make a delicious and highly drinkable beverage!
Source - https://www.growforagecookferment.com/dandelion-mead/

Dandelion Wine Recipe (from - https://www.diynatural.com/dandelion-wine-recipe/)

1 package brewing yeast (find a versatile winemaking yeast here)
¼ cup warm filtered water (find the best water filtration systems here)
4 cups dandelions, chopped, or dandelion flowers (see explanation above to determine which one to use)
1-gallon warm water
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup lime juice
juice from 4 oranges
¼ cup chopped orange peels
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
4 cups raw sugar or equivalent of sugar substitute*
1-gallon glass jug, or a few smaller glass bottles (find 1-gallon glass jug here)
homebrew airlock (find them at homebrew supply stores or online here)
Source - https://www.diynatural.com/dandelion-wine-recipe/
*You will still add sugar even if you use sugar substitute.

Step 1
1. Clean dandelions well, making sure they are free of dirt and bugs.
2. Add yeast to ¼ cup warm water and stir. Set the yeast mixture aside and move on to the next step.
3. Add all remaining ingredients to a pot and simmer for about an hour. Turn off and cool a bit. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
4. Cool to about 100°F. Transfer liquid to your glass jug and add the yeast mixture. Stir well and top with an airlock.

Step 2
After you have the water lock in place, let the wine sit in a cool, dark place for 3-4 weeks to allow fermentation to take place. You'll know it's done when the bubbling stops.
When it's finished, you can strain off the sediment if desired. Next, bottle it in traditional wine bottlesand cork them or use Weck bottles.

Source - https://www.diynatural.com/dandelion-wine-recipe/

Dandelion Wine Method #2: Low and Slow (from - https://morningchores.com/dandelion-wine/)

The same recipe can be used for this method as the one listed above. You’ll just need:
A crock or large pot
Cheesecloth or cloth towel
One sliced orange
One sliced lemon

1. Collect the Flowers
You are going to start this method the same as you did the last, by picking flowers. Again remember, the blossoms will give your wine a sweeter taste. If you include the whole flower (including the green) it will give the wine a more bitter taste. It is all about your preference.
Be sure to clean your flowers for sanitary purposes. You don’t want any ‘unwanted natural ingredients’ getting into your wine.

2. Boil Water
Next, you’ll need to bring a pot of water to a boil. This recipe is a little less detailed so you’ll have to eyeball how many dandelions you picked to know how much water to pour over them.
If you are unsure of measurements in this recipe, borrow the same amounts from the previous method. After the water has boiled, pour it over the dandelions that should’ve been placed into a large pot or crock.

Let the water and dandelions sit for three days inside the pot or crock.

3. Add Zest
Now that three days have passed, you’ll want to zest the oranges and lemons. Remember that zest usually adds a bitter taste to any recipe. So keep that in mind as you are adding zest to your recipe.

4. Boil the Flower Mixture
After you’ve zested your lemons and oranges, you’ll want to add that to the flower mixture. Then you’ll want to put that flower mixture in a pot so you can bring the whole thing to a boil.

5. Dissolve
After the mixture has been brought to a boil, you’ll want to remove it from the heat. Then you’ll strain the mixture.

Next, you’ll need to add sugar to the liquid you just strained. Stir the sugar into the liquid until it has dissolved completely. Then let it cool.

6. Add the Good Stuff
Now it is time to add the orange and lemon slices. Again, use your judgment as to how much you think would suit your taste.

But the interesting part to this method is that it calls for raisins. So you’ll want to add those during this step as well. I’m a huge raisin fan so this really caught my eye.

7. Ferment
After you have added all of the delicious ingredients, you’ll want to put the mixture back into a crock and cover with a towel or cheesecloth.

Then you’ll need to allow it to ferment. A good way to know that the mixture has finished fermenting is when it stops bubbling.

After the fermentation is done you’ll need to strain the mixture and place in bottles. Place a deflated balloon over the top of the bottles. If the balloon doesn’t inflate over a 24 hour period then you know that fermentation is completely finished.

8. Store
The last step to making wine with this method is to cork the wine and store it in a cold and dark place for about 6 months.

After that, it is ready to be gifted or enjoyed. It is up to you. A word of caution with the corking and storage process, though. Make sure fermentation is completely finished before corking the bottles. Also, do not store in a warm location either. Either or both of these mistakes could cause your bottles to become small explosives.

So now that you know two methods of making dandelion wine, you are ready for most any occasion. This would be something unique to pull out for a family gathering. It also would make great house warming gifts. Or a great addition inside gift baskets for the holidays.

But I want to hear from you. Have you ever made dandelion wine? How do you make it? Do you make any other unique beverages that people around you enjoy? Would you mind sharing with us what you make and how you make it? I’m sure our community would love to hear your ideas!

Source - https://morningchores.com/dandelion-wine/

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Essential oils are one of the most important herbal mixtures for different ailments. However, using essential oils for migraines and headac...

Essential Oils for Migraines and Headaches

Essential oils are one of the most important herbal mixtures for different ailments. However, using essential oils for migraines and headaches are very effective.
Essential Oils for Migraines and Headaches

What are essential oils?

Essential oil is a liquid extracted from a plant used for different kind of things. One medical field that concentrates on using essential oils for treatment is aromatherapy.

Migraine Headache Statistics

Migraine headaches are incredibly debilitating. It is estimated that millions of man-hours are lost every year by workers suffering from migraine headaches. In the USA alone, 37 million people suffer from migraine headaches. More women than men are afflicted with migraines, and they are generally aged between 35-55. Migraines can and do appear in much younger people, some in their teens. Research shows that 91% of migraine sufferers have to miss work and are unable to function normally during an attack. That’s a lot of suffering!
Source - https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/essential-oils-migraine-headache-relief/

Top Essential Oils for Migraines and Headaches 

1. Peppermint

Peppermint oil uses and benefits include its long-lasting cooling effect on the skin, ability to inhibit muscle contractions and role in stimulating blood flow in the forehead when applied topically.

Applying peppermint essential oil topically across the forehead and on the temples effectively alleviates a tension headache. In a 1996 study, 41 patients (and 164 headache attacks) were analyzed in a placebo-controlled, double-blind crossover study. The peppermint oil was applied topically 15 and 30 minutes after a headache began.

Participants reported pain relief in their headache diaries, and peppermint oil proved to be a well-tolerated and cost-effective alternative to usual headache therapies. There were also no adverse side effects reported after peppermint treatment.

Another important study was conducted in 1995 and published in theInternational Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology. Thirty-two healthy participants were evaluated, and essential oil treatment was investigated by comparing the baseline and treatment measurements. One effective treatment was a combination of peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil and ethanol.

Researchers used a small sponge to apply this mixture, which has a muscle-soothing and mentally relaxing effect, to the participants’ foreheads and temples. When peppermint was mixed with just ethanol, researchers found that it reduces sensitivity during a headache.

In order to improve blood circulation, reduce pain and relieve tension, dilute two to three drops of peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it into the shoulders, forehead and back of neck.
Source - https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-headaches/

2. Rosemary oil

Rosemary oil is traditionally used to treat headaches and improve circulation.

There are few studies that specifically support rosemary oil as an effective headache treatment. However, a 2008 study suggests that rosemary oil has anti-inflammatory and pain-killing properties.
Another study from 2013 found that rosemary oil helped to reduce pain and insomnia in people going through opium withdrawal treatment.

These research examples suggest that rosemary oil may reduce the pain associated with a headache. However, more studies on humans are required before this can be confirmed.
Source - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319478.php

Essential Oils for Migraines and Headaches

3. Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) essential oil helps to relieve the nausea associated with a migraine. Ginger has been studied extensively for its effect on the gastrointestinal tract. It has been proven to be extremely effective for relieving nausea and vomiting. Ginger also has pain relieving properties.
Source - https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/essential-oils-migraine-headache-relief/

4. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus works as an expectorant — it helps cleanse the body of toxins and harmful microorganisms. It also opens the nasal airways and eliminates sinus pressure that can lead to a nasty headache, all while promoting emotional balance and boosting mood.

A clinical trial published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that inhaling eucalyptus oil can decrease a person’s pain and blood pressure. The study involved 52 patients who recently underwent total knee replacement surgery. Eucalyptus oil treatment promoted emotional stability in the patients, reduced edema formation and had anti-inflammatory effects. These pain-reducing and relaxing effects can be beneficial to people suffering from tension headaches.

A 2011 study conducted in Israel evaluated the efficacy of eucalyptus oil when used on patients with respiratory conditions that can lead to cough, sore throat and tension headaches. Patients reported that eucalyptus oil improved breathing and reduced runny nose.

Researchers reported that the oil showed anti-inflammatory effects when used to treat respiratory conditions. It exhibited antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial properties that alleviate sinus pressure caused by an inflammatory response.

Dilute two to four drops of eucalyptus oil with a carrier oil, and apply it topically to the chest, back of the neck, temples and forehead. This eliminates nasal buildup and clears your airways — alleviating the sinus tension that leads to a headache or migraine attack.
Source - https://draxe.com/essential-oils-for-headaches/

5. Cajeput Oil

Cajeput contains a chemical called cineole, which when applied directly to skin, causes it to get warm and become slightly irritated. This helps “confuse” nerve endings in the skin and mask pain. It’s often used to treat tooth aches and joint pain, but when applied to the temples it can relieve head pain as well.

For added benefit, toss in a little chamomile, rosemary and eucalyptus oils to relieve tension in the body and promote relaxation.

As a bonus, this essential oil headache roll-on also works for other aches and pains like joint pain, tooth aches and general soreness. Just apply directly to the problem area and massage into skin.
Source - https://helloglow.co/essential-oil-headache-roll-on/

6. Chamomile Roman Oil

A wonderful choice for helping headache symptoms associated with stress or exhaustion. Chamomile Roman helps to relax tension in the body and is best used before bed, due to its sedative and relaxing properties [6]. Like Lavender, Chamomile Roman is safe for children to use.
Source: https://blog.planttherapy.com/blog/2018/08/07/5-essential-oils-for-headaches/

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