Pioneer Woman at Heart

One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dandelion Poultice ~ Cleaver Poultices

Spring weeds are here now.  I wonderful time to gather, eat,  and store. I put some weed pesto in the freezer already.  I weeded about 95% of my herb garden, and all of the weeds, aside from the little bit of grass, were edible (or useful for natural remedies).

I've had quite a few experiences with dandelion since I first made dandelion jelly.  Over the years, I have made dandelion bread (which we absolutely love), dried dandelion for tea purposes, blanched and froze dandelion for meals (we love dandelion pesto), dried the root for a coffee substitute and medicinal purposes, and now I am making poultices.

Dandelion poultices, can be used to treat eczema, skin rashes, boils, and to reduce itchy skin (helps with itchy poison ivy). 

I am putting these poultices together in the freezer, like I do with comfrey and plantain.  There is nothing more comforting than a cold poultice in the summer, for an itchy rash too.

I am also putting cleaver poultices in to the freezer (as well as dehydrating some for medicinal purposes).  Cleaver weed poultices can be used to treat burns and even sunburn.  Spring is the only time I am able to pick this weed.  It's often found growing directly in my garden and will stick you like glue.  

Dandelion Poultice ~ Cleaver Poultices ©  May 2018 by Kristina at


Mama Pea said...

I really envy your knowledge of using natural plants for medicinal purposes. I know you've been interested in it all and have done a lot of studying and research . . . which certainly pays off!

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Mama Pea, thank you. I know you can also cook thistle root as a vegetable, but I am not knowledgeable enough on thistle (and which ones) yet. It's fun learning too.

mamasmercantile said...

I too am in awe of your knowledge, it is always a joy to visit and learn something new.

RB said...

Interesting information.
Especially the part about dandelion poltice being useful for poison ivy itch.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
God bless.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

mamasmercantile, thank you. I learn from you blog too.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

RB, my older brother sent me a newspaper article that I learned that from.

Henny Penny said...

You are so smart! The violet jelly you made is so pretty. You must stay busy all the time.

Pioneer Woman at Heart said...

Henny Penny, we typically don't run out of things to do here, ha ha! There is always work to do, things to put up, and things to make.