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Issue No 94
Spring 2003 
page 27

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flowers through
Nature’s Pressed,
PO Box 212,
Orem, UT 84059;
(801) 225-1169.

Dandelion Salad

Toss together 4 cups each of baby dandelion leaves and lettuce leaves (Romaine or other) with 1 cup diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped chives, and 1 cup chopped dandelion flowers. Add your favorite vinaigrette, herbs, or different oils to suit your tastes.

 
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Silver and Gold Dandelion Wreath
1 sheet 8” x 11” white, acid-free cardstock
Pencil
White glue
Toothpick
6” round plate
Pressed flowers:
16 dandelions with leaves and stems
20 sprigs greenery such as ferns
11 sprigs of snow-on-the- mountain
4 buttercups
6 small white daisies

Place plate in center of cardstock and lightly trace with a pencil. Apply a small amount of glue to a toothpick, and place it on the back of each flower. Affix the dandelion leaves around the circle, following the lines but angling some in different directions. Then glue ferns around the leaves, followed by snow-on-the-mountain, dandelions, buttercups, and daisies. Let the piece dry and frame as desired after placing in a mat. (I’ve found that a pale yellow mat works especially well.)

Note: You can also make your wreath larger, using a bigger plate to trace and more plant materials.

Flower Spirit Soap

This soap captures the dandelion in a different way—by infusing it in oil. Soak fresh or dried petals in olive oil for two weeks. Strain, and then proceed with directions below.

8 oz aloe vera melt and pour soap base
2 or more drops green soap coloring
12 drops herbal essence fragrance oil
7 drops chamomile tea fragrance oil
1 Tbls dandelion infused olive oil
Supplies: double boiler, eye dropper, spoon, scale, spray bottle of alcohol, soap mold

Supplies: double boiler, eye dropper, spoon, scale, spray bottle of alcohol, soap mold

In the top of a double boiler over medium heat, melt the soap base. When melted, gently stir in the coloring, fragrance oils, and dandelion oil until well-blended. Pour into molds, spritzing with alcohol to mitigate bubbles.

 
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