Health Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion Flower Head

Why mow them, when you can grow them!
Why mow them, when you can grow them! | Source

Dandelion Root

Dandelion root from 2 year old plants. Root can be dried for later use.
Dandelion root from 2 year old plants. Root can be dried for later use. | Source

Don't Mow Them...Grow Them

Did you know dandelion has been used for hundred of years as a Spring tonic? During the winter months, food was limited to meat and root vegetables. When spring came, people would eat the early spring dandelion greens to detox their bodies from the winter's "sludge" that had built up in their livers.

Don't mow dandelions, grow them for their terrific herbal medicinal benefits. The young leaves can be used in salads, and were often eaten after the long winter to detox the body. Dandelion flowers can be made into syrup.

The whole dandelion plant is useful, right down to the sap it produces. This, can be used to treat warts.

Health Benefits of Dandelion Root

Dandelion Root is filled with many great essential vitamins and minerals for your body. It provides Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D. Dandelion root also contains zinc, iron and potassium. Vitamins A, B complex and C are important for good heart health.

Dandelion root is an herbal bitter, and therefore used as a liver tonic. It helps to cleanse the bile ducts, and promote healthy digestion. The root is one of the most detoxifying herbs. It works principally on the liver and gallbladder to promote removal of waste products. It encourages steady elimination of toxins due to infection or pollution. It is also used by herbalists to prevent gall stones.

It is beneficial for many conditions in your body, including occasional constipation. Dandelion is considered a natural gentle laxative, and can be used to encourage a bowel movement. It is usually added with other laxative herbs, depending on the severity of the patient.

Due to it's detoxifying properties, dandelion root is very useful for treating skin conditions such as acne and eczema. Using a tincture, or salve made with dandelion can help both skin conditions. Drink a cup of dandelion root tea to help promote cleansing from the inside as well.

Research conducted in 1974 confirmed the roots and the leaves are a powerful natural diuretic. This can help clean out the kidneys and promote proper kidney function. Due to it's potassium content, dandelion is a good choice for a diuretic. OTC (over the counter) diuretics deplete potassium out of the body, which is very harmful to the body. Dandelion helps maintain a healthy level of potassium.

Dandelion root is used by herbalists to detoxify the body. It helps to detoxify the whole body. In 1999, a study in Japan, showed that dandelion could be used as an anti- cancer agent.

Dandelion Flower Head Gone To Seed

Allowing the dandelions to go to seed will  ensure a great crop next year too.
Allowing the dandelions to go to seed will ensure a great crop next year too.

Growing Dandelions

Dandelion grows wild in most parts of the world. Germany and France cultivate it for medicinal use around the world. It is propagated from seed in spring. You can also allow the dandelion to go to seed, and let nature take it's course.

The root of 2 year old plants are pulled in autumn and dried. Plants that are too young do not contain the key constituents of the mature plant. Dandelion root key herbal medicinal properties inlcude, sesquiterpene,Triterpenes,Vitamins A, B, C and D,Taraxacoside,Phenolic acids,potassium, and calcium.

Chopped Dandelion Root

Chop dandelion root to make a decoction or tincture.
Chop dandelion root to make a decoction or tincture. | Source

Drying Dandelion Root

You can either buy dandelion root, or dig it up, and dry it yourself.

After collecting the roots, wash them up thoroughly. Slice or cut them into small pieces, and put them on a cookie sheet.

Bake in the oven on a very low temp for several hours until dry. Alternatively, you can use a dehydrator set between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit.

Be sure they are completely dry, otherwise mold can occur. Store in paper bags or sealed glass jars. Do not use plastic, as the plastic can leach into the root.

Dandelion Root Powder

Dandelion root powder can be made into a tea, or put into capsules.
Dandelion root powder can be made into a tea, or put into capsules. | Source

Ways to use Dandelion Root

If you have the chunks of root, or what is called cut and sifted, you will have to make a decoction, not a tea. A tea would not extract enough of the medicinal benefits.

You could also make a tincture with dandelion root. You can use fresh dandelion root, or dried.

For dandelion root powder, you can make a tea, using a cotton tea bag. Use 1 teaspoon per coffee cup of water. You can also buy dandelion already bagged. It is sold in most health food stores.

Add honey or your favorite sweetener.

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Roasting Dandelion Root To Make Coffee

Dandelion root makes a very Earthy tasting coffee. It can be drank alone or added to your favorite coffee mix.

Powder or crush the herb in a blender. It is better to get it to a coffee like texture to use as a coffee.

To roast it, bake on a medium temperature, around 300. Stir and shake often. Don't let it burn, as this will taste awful and ruin the herb. Time will vary depending on oven. Each oven cooks differently.

Roast until brown. Let it cool, and then store in a glass jar out of sunlight. Sunlight will destroy the properties.

To make, simply add it to your coffee maker as you would your regular coffee.

Cautions

People taking blood thinning medications should not use dandelion leaves.
If you are allergic to dandelions, stay clear.
This article only represents a slight overview. Do not self diagnose, and consult a health care professional well versed in herbs before self treating.
Herbs are natural, but can interact with other medicines, as well as other herbs.

Fresh Dandelion Root
Fresh Dandelion Root | Source

Fresh Dandelion Root

Encourage liver and kidney health while reducing water retention.

  • Assists in naturally detoxifying the liver.
  • Helps brings down water retention.
  • Promotes healthy kidney function.
  • Natural digestive aid.
  • Supports proper gallbladder function

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Let The Grow

Interested in growing your own dandelion? It is very easy. Get some seeds from a reputable seed company. We prefer buying our seeds at Johnny's Seeds. They have great quality seeds, and we have had good luck with both their herbs seeds, as well as their veggie seeds.

If you don't plant by seed, you can just allow the ones in your yard to go to seed every year. Each year, you will get a new batch. Your lawn will become a beautiful sea of yellow in just a couple of years.

Dandelion Recipes

If you have enjoyed reading this article about the health benefits of dandelion root, and want to learn more ways that you can incorporate dandelion into your life, visit Cloverleaf Farm. At our blog, we give delicious recipes for every part of the dandelion plant.

Want to learn more about the medicinal aspects of using dandelion root for health, you can visit the herbal encyclopedia.

© 2012 Healing Herbalist

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theseattlegirl 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

I love this article! Thank you for taking the time to put this together. I feel infinitely more informed on this subject! In fact, I think I may have to go stock up on dandelion root ASAP!


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m0rd0r 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

Very good article.

Do you know, that in some cultures Dandelions are rooted and destroyed like an abusive weed?


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clairemy 4 years ago

I use herbal and traditional remedies so shall add this to the list.

Voted up and interesting.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Hi seattlegirl, I am glad you liked it.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Here in the US, everyone tries to destroy it. They only know it as a weed, and try to get rid of it. We just mow around them...lol.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Thanks for stopping by, and voting up. Have a great day.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

We had dandelions growing in our Wisconsin half acre yard years ago and I had heard about eating the leaves and roots. Made quite a few salads using them. Very interesting hub! Voted that + up and useful and will share with my followers.


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Ben Zoltak 4 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

A great hub on dandelions. I use the leaves in jambalaya, still haven't tried the root. Can it be eaten raw or roasted on it's own? Or does it need to be in a tea only?

Thanks, well done.

Ben


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Rufus rambles 4 years ago from Australia

Great hub! I absolutely love Dandelion tea. It feels so much healthier than drinking coffee. Thanks and voted up!


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Thank you Peggy. You'll have to read my hub on Wild Edibles. Dandelion "mushrooms" are awesome., Oh, how I love to lay in a field of dandelions.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

I have never eaten it raw, but you can roast it on it's own and drink it like a coffee. Just grind in a coffee grinder and make however you do your coffee. Thanks for stopping by.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Thanks, Rufus. Everything in moderation is key. Coffee is okay, if you don't over do. Thanks for reading.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa

This is very interesting. I'm working on an article about wild edibles for an on-line column I have on another site and just talked with a wild edible expert the other day. His favorite wild edible is dandelion and he uses the leaves, flowers and roots in cooking. He sent me a number of recipes. I'm actually going to give some of them a try.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Glad you enjoyed. I teach a class on local wild edibles, and people are always amazed. I did a hub about it too. I have an article for dandelion syrup too.


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beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

I enjoy drinking tea. We have chamomile, jasmine, oolong, jiaogulan, etc., etc... tea at home. I have tried dandelion root tea though. Thanks for the info.

Voted up!


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Hello beingwell. Thanks for stopping by. Glad to find another tea lover out there in the world. Thanks for the votes, and have a great day.


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m0rd0r 4 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

CLF, I've had a habbit to make sallad from dandellion stems and leaves and it is quite good.

I can't vote UP two times in a row, so ... you know I did in my head. ;)


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Hello m0rd0r, dandelion greens in a salad is really good, and good for you. It isn't such a bad habit to have. Thanks for stopping by. It is always nice to see you.


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Maraiya Storm 4 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

Thanks for reminding me about dandelion. A long time ago I used to buy a jar of dandelion root coffee substitute and felt it had an energizing effect on me. Then they stopped making it so I stopped. I'm going to check for dandelion root tea bags at the health food store and start back on it. You give lots of great information here on how to do it yourself, too. I'm going to bookmark this page.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Hello Maraiya Storm, thanks for stopping by and reading. If you can't find the root in tea bags, you could buy the root, roast it and grind it yourself. I do it all the time.


Katie 4 years ago

Yes here in Canada it is a weed!!! We spray to get rid if it. But we go and buy it to drink!! To funny!


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Hi Katie, thanks for stopping by. It is a "weed" to most people, but is has so many health benefits. Have a great day.


Sam 4 years ago

Wow, who would have known that a dandelion is so good for you. Thanks for sharing all the great information.


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Sam, thanks for stopping by. Nature is amazing, isn't it!


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sarahshuihan 3 years ago from USA

This is a great hub! I've been thinking about drinking dandelion tea to help with my eczema and after reading this I think I will! very useful :)


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cloverleaffarm 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

Thanks for stopping by, sarahshuihan. Dandelion is a great detox for eczema. Let me know what you think of it.


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lorddraven2000 3 years ago from Wheelwright KY

I have always wanted to try this type of tea but never really got around to it. It seems I should really consider making time. Very interesting work here. Thanks.


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cloverleaffarm 3 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham Author

lorddraven2000, thanks for stopping by. Dandelion Root tea is a great tea. It has a bit of an earthy taste. It has great healing benefits, and I hope you like it.

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