Health Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion Flower Head
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
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
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
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.
Dandelion Root Coffee
Have You Ever Tried Dandelion Coffee?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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