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Tea for you?
I like tea and I love to play around with the variety of flavors that I get in the market, both organic and non-organic.
My cupboard is packed with all sorts of flavored tea from the regular black tea to green tea and other fruit fusions.
One of my all time favorites is green tea for its simplicity and benefits. However, recently I’ve discovered dandelion tea and I’m excited to share with you here the many benefits of this humble tea. Dandelion tea tastes good. You can drink it plain or with honey or sugar, if you wish.
While most would consider dandelion to be a nuisance to a perfectly green lawn or garden, health enthusiasts insists on the many wonderful health benefits of dandelion from its roots to its leaves.
Research had shown that dandelion leaves and roots contain a significant amount of vitamins A, C, D and B complex. It also contains magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, iron, copper, choline (for improve memory), boron, calcium and silicon.
Dandelion is mostly effective in eliminating toxic in our body by targeting our digestive system. It helps in the release of bile from our liver to out gallbladder and thus, help in the digestion of fat. Dandelion is one of the top six herbs in the Chinese herbal and medicine chest.
As most herbal tea, it has no known serious side effects and selectively act on only on what ails us. However, it is recommended that you consult your health provider before you take dandelion tea.
Allergy reactions are rare but it can happen like mouth sores or rash. Again, please consult your doctor if these occur and if you are pregnant or breast-feeding before taking any herbal tonics.
Did you know?
Dandelion tea can be made solely from the blossoms, the leaves, or the roots (roasted or not)—or, the entire plant.
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Some of the health benefits of dandelion tea:
- It enhances detoxification by stimulating urination while replacing the potassium lost due to the increased volume of urine.
- It reduces the risk of urinary tract infections and help ease bloating.
- Act as tonic and help relieve digestive disorders like constipation and diarrhea.
- It aids in keeping our liver, kidney and gallbladder function at its best and can be used for treatment of liver disorders such as hepatitis and jaundice.
- It is known to dissolve kidney stones.
- It is considered anti-oxidant and used to purify our blood and cleanse our system. Thus, improve the condition of our skin. It helps our body avoid cell damage from free radicals.
- It may be applied directly to patches of eczema for relief.
- It helps regulate blood sugar and therefore, beneficial for diabetic patience.
- It helps regulate the level of cholesterol in our body.
- Gout sufferers may benefit from drinking dandelion tea as it can potentially decrease uric acid build up resulting in less pain and discomfort.
- It is used in anti-plaque preparation.
- It is used to alleviate water build up in Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Drinking dandelion tea benefits vision by supplying our body with the essential vitamins (A&B), which is necessary for good eyesight and night vision.
- It helps our body fight off toxic bacteria and viruses.
- It helps stabilize mood due to its Vitamin B complex and thus, help combat depression.
Did you know?
Dandelion tea is traditionally served plain (as is), and can also be made into other beverages—like coffee, beer, ale and wine.
Making dandelion tea by gathering fresh plants is a good exercise. So, this spring/summer improve the look of your lawn by gathering the fresh dandelion plant.
Also, composting the used dandelion tea blossoms, leaves and roots will absolutely improve the composition of your soil.
Remember though that good health comes from having a good habit in terms of our diet, including exercise to keep our body toned and enough sleep to keep us well.
This spring and summer don’t be riled that dandelions are sprouting up all over your garden. Instead, be creative and put this weed to good use. Remember that all parts of dandelion plant are edible from roots, leaves to flowers.
Here’s how to make your fresh dandelion tea~
Dandelion Tea from the leaves~
- Collect dandelion leaves. Younger and smaller leaves preferred.
- Rinse thoroughly under running water. Place it in a colander to drain or pat dry with paper towel.
- Scatter the leaves on a tray and let them dry in a warm room or air cupboard. Occasionally turn the leaves to even out dryness.
- Once dry, store the leaves in a glass jar out of direct sunlight and they are ready for use.
- For each cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of dried leaves and pour boiling water.
- Let it steep for 3-5 minutes.
Note: You may add mint leaves for added flavor or serve it with a slice of lemon or orange.
Dandelion Tea from the Flowers~
- Gather some dandelion flowers.
- Clean the flower by washing it thoroughly, removing any small dirt or insects that may be clinging on the petals.
- Pull the petals away from the base of the flower and place them in a colander. Discard the other flower parts and wash the petals again.
- Put a handful of the clean petals in a cup and pour in boiling water.
- Let it stand for around 2-3 minutes.
Note: You may drink it plain or with honey to taste.
Dandelion Tea from the roots~
- Harvest dandelion roots.
- Shake off the soil and rinse under fresh running water.
- Cut the foliage from the root.
- In a large bowl, soak the dandelion roots with water for around 15 minutes to remove remaining dirt.
- Drain in a colander or pat dry with clean towel.
- Chop the root up into small pieces using a kitchen knife.
- In a baking sheet, scatter the roots and cook in the oven at around 65-70 degree Celsius for 2 hours.
- Store the roasted dandelion roots into a glass jar ready for brewing.
Note: Harvesting dandelion root depends on the looseness of the soil. You may be able to pull the plant with its root out of the ground by hand, if the soil is soft. If the ground is compact and hard, use a small hand shovel to loosen the dirt so that you can pull the dandelion out with the root intact.
The foliage of the dandelion leaves could also be used for salad or other recipes. So, save it when you chop the roots. It can be stored by wrapping it in a moist paper towel and refrigerate.
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- Combine 1 tbsp. of the roasted dandelion root with 8 oz. of water in a small saucepan. You may adjust the ratio according to your taste. You may also add a stick of cinnamon if desired.
- Over high heat, boil the mixture for 5 minutes.
- Strain the tea through a sieve before drinking.
- Add honey or sweetener, if desired.
Enjoy your cup of tea!
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Disclaimer: Although the author swears by the health benefits and healing power of dandelion tea, this hub is written for information purposes only and to promote health awareness. Our bodies react differently to different medicines/alternative medicines. What may work for the writer may not necessarily work for you.
Herbs are natural. However, it can interact with other herbs or medicines.
Please consult your health provider if you have some serious ailments as earlier mentioned in this hub before taking in dandelion tea. Thank you.
Copyright@ CrisSp~TM/04-2013. "Domestic Diva depending on the mood!" ~
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CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 18, 2018:
Salam Linda! Spring is here! Start weeding! :) Kidding aside, thank you and let me know how it goes when you give it a try.
Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on March 17, 2018:
I know dandelion leaves from my garden but I don't know you can use them as tea. I do read about their health benefits but I haven't actually tried them as tea. I must give it a try. Thank you CrisSp for this lovely article. I voted as well.
carol on January 02, 2018:
I loved this article. I know Dandelion (taraxacum) like the back of my hand.
Even in the very worst of cases, it has never failed.
Keep up the good work.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 05, 2017:
Kara Skinner: Thank you for reading and commenting. I hope you have fun experimenting with it and perhaps, send us your feedback on how did it go. Cheers!
Kara Skinner from Maine on July 03, 2017:
I've never heard of tea made from the greens before. While I love dandelions and dandelion root tea, this article helps me like it even more. I'll have to try the tea from the greens. Thanks.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 19, 2015:
Liz: Thank you for reading and for your quick tip as well.
Liz on June 07, 2015:
Great article, I've personally seen some amazing benefits with dandelion. Anyone interested in herbal medicine should definitely check out the ebook "10 super herbs that will change your life forever". You can download it for free here: tensuperherbs.com. I tried a few of the herbs from that book and my life has changed completely :)
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 12, 2015:
Thelma Alberts: If you love tea, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy this and its health benefits. Cheers!
Thelma Alberts from Germany on March 03, 2015:
I don´t know if I have tried drinking dandelion tea as I have a lot of herbal teas in my cupboard. It´s time for me to try it if I have not yet. Thanks for reminding me this.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 02, 2014:
Hello Catherine! Yes, I agree with you. I personally don't resort to drugs easily unless it is badly needed. I still believed in the old fashion ways of staying healthy (mind, body and soul). Thank God for my grandma who taught me ways to traditional medicines.
Thank you for coming by. I very much appreciate the vote and share.
Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on December 02, 2014:
I believe we should always try a natural remedy first before going to pharmaceuticals. You have given very complete and easy-to-understand information. Voted Up and sharing
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 12, 2014:
colorfulone: Thank you. I'd love to hear your feedback when you get the chance to do it and maybe you have some more ideas too.
Susie Lehto from Minnesota on October 10, 2014:
Awesome! I can hardly wait till next spring to use up some of those dandelion leaves. With all those health benefits, its the smart thing to do.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 23, 2014:
SANJAY LAKHANPAL: You're welcome. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on September 22, 2014:
Thanks for sharing the wonderful information.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on August 12, 2014:
PegCole17: Thank you for stopping by here. Enjoy your tea!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on August 05, 2014:
This tea will definitely go on my grocery list after reading about the health benefits. Thanks so much for the information. I have a huge crop of dandelions in my yard. I'll try harvesting them after I check out the tea.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 16, 2014:
joedolphin88: Just try it! It's good for you! :)
Joe from north miami FL on June 13, 2014:
Lol, all in due time I'm sure.
Joe from north miami FL on June 13, 2014:
lol, all In due time.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 12, 2014:
joedolphin88: Thank you. It's simply a matter of adapting to its taste. I bet you can as you grow older. Lol!
Joe from north miami FL on June 08, 2014:
Tea is very healthy, I wish I could get myself to drink it. Great hub very informative.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on April 19, 2014:
creativelycc: Happy to see you here and thank you. I'm certain you'll enjoy the dandelion tea specially you know it's from your own backyard. Cheers!
Carrie L Cronkite from Maine on April 18, 2014:
Excellent information!. I can't wait for dandelions to start growing in my backyard. I am definitely going to make some tea and eat the greens. I didn't realize the entire plant is edible - wonderful - because we get tons p in Maine. We just have to wait for all of the snow to melt, we still have a lot of it.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 22, 2014:
Rolly dear, thank you. Any hot and naturally made beverages will be perfect for our cold weather 'though I love tea (and coffee) all year round. Can't wait to dig in the backyard.
Hugs back and as always, sending you some love from the sky.
Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on March 19, 2014:
Hi CrisSp... great recipe and a good use for the plant. Years ago I used to take the roots, clean them and roast them in a smoker till they were a dark brown, grind then in a coffee grinder and make coffee. A flavourful drink on a cold winters night.
Hugs and Love from the ground
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on February 20, 2014:
Hello Marlene! Don't worry, these weeds are kind of stubborn and I'm pretty sure you'll soon see them again in your yard. Alternatively, you may try the organic ones that you can buy from the herb stores. It'll give you the same benefits less the adventure of making it yourself. Cheers and stay well. :)
Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 19, 2014:
Oh I wish I had read this yesterday. I just went around my yard, pulled up all the dandelion "weeds" and discarded them. If only I had known about the marvelous benefits of dandelion sooner, I would be sipping on a cup of dandelion tea right now.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on February 17, 2014:
Purpose Embraced: You're welcome and thank you for reading. Appreciate your time in leaving a comment as well. Cheers!
Yvette Stupart PhD from Jamaica on February 16, 2014:
It's great to know that dandelion has such health benefits. Thank for posting an informative hub CrisSp.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 01, 2014:
Hello Jackie! I'm glad you find this useful...enjoy your cup of tea and be healthy!
Happy New Year!
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 31, 2013:
Wow this is a great one. Dandelion is so plentiful too, so will sure be saving this info. I am really into teas anyway and am sure this one is a winner too. Thanks!
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 28, 2013:
Anita Saran: Thank you for your readership and for the added info. I'd like to try that...love noodles, anyway! Cheers!
Anita Saran from Bangalore, India on September 27, 2013:
Thank you for the much needed info. I use dandelion leaves in my noodles and use the flowers for tea - you can even eat them - they taste great.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on September 07, 2013:
CraftytotheCore: Thank you. Nice to see you here and I wish you well.
CraftytotheCore on September 07, 2013:
Beautiful Hub Cris! After my gallbladder surgery, my liver enzymes were messed up. They are back to normal now, but I would have loved to have had this recipe on standby at the time. Sounds lovely.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on June 13, 2013:
Roslynn7: Thank you. Enjoy your tea!
Rose T from Europe on June 13, 2013:
This is so amazing - now another tea has been added to my collection. I love tea - all kinds of tea - I love the matcha green tea the most.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on April 24, 2013:
catmalone: Herbal is good and I swear by this dandelion tea. Thank you for reading and commenting. Appreciate your time. Cheers!
catmalone on April 23, 2013:
I drink a lot of herbal teas myself. They seem to work better for me than medications. Dandelion tea has a lot of health benefits. Very informative hub with lots of useful information. Thanks!
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on April 18, 2013:
Hello Michelle! Yes, of course tea for you. Happy to see you here. I hope you enjoy the many benefits of this amazing weed--nature's best! Thank you for coming over and I appreciate your kind gesture of sharing this hub. Cheers to a much healthier living!
Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 17, 2013:
Tea for me, thank you, Cristina. Am sharing this wonderful cup of a hub too! Didn't know that dandelion has so many benefits!! The good that nature does for us, and we really must appreciate her.
CrisSp (author) from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on April 09, 2013:
Sunshine: Thank you Linda. Happy to see you here. If you're into all those kinds of tea, I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy dandelion tea. Like you, I enjoy it plain, no added sweetener or artificial flavor. Ch