Lasavia Healing Essences are the gift of vitality of plants, minerals, insects and birds delivered to you with the utmost care. Our resolve is to deliver to you Elemental Healing through the introduction of an essence into your being. Put a few drops in water, drink and take a moment to be inspired by the qualities of the essence that you have chosen.
Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
To stay fully connected and relaxed. Able to respond appropriately to your surroundings. Grounded with a feeling of spaciousness.
Use for shock, particularly when there is sudden change in circumstance. It gives the ability to take space and take stock. This remedy is excellent for when thoughts and actions are scattered. It can bring back a focus and re-establish an inner peace. It helps children and adults recover from shyness particularly in big crowds or when there is a feeling of overwhelm in social situations. Clarifies personal boundaries and helps discern collective and personal emotions when participating in group process.
The root growing downwards exceeding deep, which being broken off within the ground, will yet shoot forth again, and will hardly be destroyed where it hath once taken deep root in the ground.
— Nicholas Culpepper
Dandelion is a plant of contrasting elements. Dandelion didn’t grow in the sand dunes where I grew up, but it did grow everywhere in the town. Perhaps it does not like sand. People tend to confuse dandelion with other similar plants like hawkbit and even nipplewort. And sometimes dandelion can be puzzling to identify because it is so variegated depending on where it is growing. Even the flowers are variegated, some rich-yellow, many-petaled, others paler with fewer petals. It is difficult to examine dandelion in its individual parts for it is connected to all of its aspects. Each part leads us on to another, as if it insists we see its diversity as part of a greater whole.
Dandelion possesses a hollow stem that supports a brightly emanating composite flower head that is sensitive to the sun, opening at dawn and closing at dusk. There’s one flowering on the edge of the garden, as I write. I can see it from my desk. It’s closed because it’s stormy and raining. In fine weather the petals are outstretched, but if it’s about to rain the whole head closes up. When it’s open and the sun is out, I often see bumblebees alighting on its bright yellow platform. Dandelion pertains to the earth. It makes fast to the earth in an upright manner. The stem will grow higher if it is growing amongst tall plants so that when it flowers it may be in the sun. Even the seeds that are designed to be carried by the wind, have a perfect anchored parachute shape allowing them to float down to earth in an upright manner. The seed head is like a convex station for silvery stars with an earth centre of brown seeds.
The leaves are without hairs and the margins of the leaves are jagged like teeth where one of its folk names ‘lion’s teeth’ come from. The leaves grow close to the ground in a floret. The root is long and has a bitter taste, though I must admit I like chewing on it when it is dried. It breaks off easily and you will have to dig it out carefully if you want to keep it intact.
As a child I was told that if you smelt dandelion you would pee your pants. We also would look out for the seed heads and blow them, counting how many blows, to get the actual time of the day. If any friends had warts, we would break the stem and let the white milky substance drip on to the wart. If it was done every day it would make the wart go black which seemed an exciting and curious phenomenon. Its folk names reflect these customs as it is also called piss-a-beds, blowball, cankerwort, and puffball.
Dandelion has a long history as a healing plant. Its botanical name ‘taraxacum’ is derived from Greek taraxos meaning disorder and akos, remedy. Many years ago, a herbalist told me that the leaves were for the kidneys and the root for the liver. The leaves contain vitamin C. It’s a diuretic and tonic. The main target organs for Dandelion are the liver and the gallbladder. It’s also a general stimulant. The chaffinches in my garden love the seed. I pick the leaves for salads, and I dry and grind the roots to make dandelion coffee.
Dandelion’s essence is nourishment. It contains the qualities of both the earth and the sun. It’s a remedy that enables relaxation throughout the body, knowing all is well. It is a tonic that allows us to access joy within the body. It reminds us to celebrate with others and to stretch out when despondent.
Its essence has a strong elemental presence. Rich, grounding and no-nonsense. It goes deep into the earth, reminding us we are of the earth and responsive to the natural environment. It enables us to sit back without having to prove ourselves or make out that we are more than who we are. Curiously it’s an essence about how we experience space within ourselves and how we allow that experience of space within our lives. As we enter a healing process, it can help us where we are vulnerable and enable us to draw back when necessary. It supports nature awareness meditation, giving the observer a sense of complete connection.
On the physical plane, dandelion helps clear toxins from the body while on the energetic plane it helps us to shift the energetic toxins and challenges of the modern world. Its strength is that it stays fully connected to all aspects of itself and therefore helps integration after a spiritual process, healing or states of shock. It is good to use after soul retrieval work.