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Dandelion Root Tea

Updated on February 28, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

For centuries herbalists have been giving their patients dandelion root tea as a remedy to a number of ailments and as part of a spring tonic.

This hardy weed is actually a storehouse of important vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. The benefits are contained in the whole plant; the roots, the leaves, and even the flowers. Some of the nutrients found in dandelion are:

  • Vitamin A
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Boron
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium

These are important nutrients for healthy blood as well as an efficiently functioning nervous system.

You should always talk to your doctor before adding any supplements or herbs to your diet.

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What Dandelion Root Tea Is Used For

While dandelion tinctures or supplements can be taken, somepeople feel that the tea is more effective.It has long been used as a detox tea.

Dandelion tea has been traditionally used to treat thefollowing:

  • Acne
  • Bladder infections
  • Bloating
  • Diuretic
  • Eczema
  • Gall bladder
  • Gasto-intestinal problems
  • Kidney infections
  • Liver detox
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Mastitis

Side Effects of Dandelion

Few people have significant side effects with dandelion tea.Of these, the average side effect is a skin rash. Once in awhile there may besome small stomach upset. Some people, especially those prone to gall stonesand bile problems can develop a strong reaction, however.

Dandelion can also cause a drop in potassium in some people because of the diuretic action of the herb.

How to Make Dandelion Tea

Interestingly, dandelion root has been used to make a coffee like beverage for centuries. It has a taste very similar to coffee. It makes an excellent, caffeine free substitute when roasted and brewed.

You will need to harvest the dandelion roots when the ground is soft, as after a rain. The taproot can go down nearly a foot (in a soft soil) so just digging it out of hard dirt is not really possible.

 Dunk the roots in a bucket of cold water until the water is muddy. Pour the muddy water off and refill with clear water.  Continue this process until the water is clear.

Now, cut the roots up. Let them soak in a bowl of cold water until it becomes cloudy. Repeat until it is clear.

Roast the roots by spreading them on a cookie sheet and baking them at 250F until roasted and dry. You will need to keep turning them so they can roast evenly.

Grind the roasted roots until they are a coarse powder.  Simmer one tablespoon of roasted dandelion in one cup of water until it reaches a strength you like, about 10 minutes.

Dandelion Tinctures and Capsules

You can get dandelion tinctures and capsules at most health food stores.  These items are very effective and in many ways are more convenient that the tea.

It is especially important that you follow the recommendations of your herbalist or naturopath carefully. The tinctures and capsules are more concentrated than the tea and can therefore cause a strong reaction in some people.

Dandelion Chai

  • 1 cup roasted dandelion root
  • ¼ cups cinnamon bark
  • ¼ cup ginger root
  • ¼ cup cardamom seeds
  • 2 Tbs star Anise
  • 2 Tbs.black peppercorns

Mix together and keep in a tightly covered glass jar. For every cup of water use 1 to 2 tablespoons mixture. Simmer until it is the strength you like (10-15 minutes) and then strain. Add cream and honey or sugar to taste.

Dandelion root tea is an excellent beverage, medicinal herb, as well as being a great way to add nutrition to your diet for free. Rather than throwing chemicals on the so called weeds in your lawn you can use them to your benefit.

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    • juneaukid profile image

      Richard Francis Fleck 

      8 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      I enjoyed reading this hub very much. It fostered my recall of childhood days in the 1940's in Pennsylvania Dutch Country where neighbors and friends all made dandelion wine that was a bit bitter to my taste.

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      HealthyHanna 

      8 years ago from Utah

      I have never tried it because I remember as a kid how bitter the stems are when making dandelion necklaces! My sister in law drinks it however. Thanks for the recipes.

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      Muitz 

      8 years ago

      Hi Mayre

      I was recommended Roasted Dandelion Tea by a herbalist many years ago as I have issues with my kidneys and bladder. I love it. I drink at least 2-3 cups a day. But I buy a ready made brand. You can buy it in Coles and Wollies supermarkets in Australia, mostly in health food shops in the UK. It needs no sugar, unless you have a very sweet tooth. I like it with soy milk. Not sure I ave the time and energy to do it the natural way like other folks though.

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      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Very interesting. I have plenty of dandelions in my yard to try this with!

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      Vicki 

      8 years ago

      I had no idea dandelions could be so beneficial. That must be why my horses like to eat them!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a wonderful tip. We are cdertainly no short of dandelions and therefore it is very useful

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