Dandelion root tea is quickly gaining popularity amongst both herbal tea enthusiasts as well as health enthusiasts alike. It’s an incredibly healthy tea and thanks to the abundance of dandelions growing, is quite easy to come by.
Although its popularity is relatively new, it has been known to be medically useful for quite some time now. The first mentions of dandelion root tea being used medically goes back to the writings of Arabian physicians in the tenth and eleventh century.
It is also mentioned in thirteenth century Welsh medical writings as well. That’s nearly a millennia of pharmacological history for this incredible tea!
Medical Uses for Dandelion Root Tea
Probably the most famous medical use for dandelion root tea pertains to liver health. Not only does ingesting the tea promote healthy liver function, but it can also help in the treatment of many liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and even the yellowing of the skin caused by jaundice. It is also good for helping the liver process some of the negative parts of prescription medications, reducing the damage they can cause the liver.
The health benefits don’t stop with liver health though. Dandelion root tea promotes strong urinary function, which in turn promotes kidney and bladder health and makes the tea an excellent way to detoxify the body as well.
Studies have also shown that dandelion root tea promotes bile production and flow, improving gall bladder health, as well as having a mild diuretic effect. Furthermore, dandelion root tea has been shown to help treat infections, pneumonia, swelling, water retention, and problems with womens’ breasts. It also is useful in maintaining health for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Additionally it can help with both diarrhea and constipation, and promotes overall digestive health. Having a cup of dandelion root tea with dinner for example aids the digestive process.
Finally, its cleansing properties also help with purifying the blood as well as keeping the skin cleansed.
Dandelion Tea is a Rich Source of Nutrients
Not only does it help promote health in the aforementioned situations, dandelion root tea also provides a number of vitamins and minerals in each cup. It is a rich source of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, choline, boron, and calcium. That’s an awful lot of nutrients for just one little plant.
How To Make Dandelion Root Tea
While you can go out and purchase dandelion root, it is also a weed that grows in abundance in many parts of the world. This makes it an economical choice to collect the roots oneself, and is also beneficial as there will be more nutrients in the freshly picked roots. Harvesting the dandelions oneself does require more preparation, but the increased benefits of using the fresh roots are worth it, and your wallet will thank you as well.
You’ll need to pull up the dandelion weed to get to the roots in most cases, though in some cases harder soil may require the use of a small shovel. Once the roots are harvested, the next step is to rinse them under running water to wash away most of the loose dirt around them.
The next thing to do is to separate the rest of the plant from the root. This is done easily with a kitchen knife. Don’t discard the foliage though. It can be saved in the refrigerator to be used in a salad. All of the nutrients that are in the root are in the rest of the plant as well, after all.
Next, one should soak the dandelion roots in a bowl of water for approximately fifteen minutes to wash away any remaining dirt in the roots. Once this is done, simply pat the roots dry with a towel. They are now ready to chop.
Chop the roots into pieces about the same size that an onion would be chopped with a knife. The final bit of preparation is to spread the pieces on a baking sheet and place them in the oven at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for two hours.
To make the tea, use one tablespoon of the prepared and roasted dandelion root for each eight ounce serving of tea to be made. Simply put the appropriate amount of dandelion root and water in to a saucepan and begin warming it over high heat until it boils. Then, allow the mixture to boil for approximately five minutes. Once this is done, strain the tea and allow it to cool slightly. It is now ready to serve.
Dandelion root tea does have a bit of a bitter taste to it. If one’s palate doesn’t care for the bitterness it can be sweetened with honey after it has been made. Others also enjoy the flavor of adding a quarter of a stick of cinnamon to the water and root mixture before the heating process begins. These are all matters of personal taste and one should find what is most pleasing to their palate individually.
In summary, dandelion root tea is a healthy and refreshing brew. It is loaded with nutrients and promotes health in many areas of the body as well as helping with the treatment of numerous medical ailments. The weed grows abundantly in many, many locales and is often easy to come by, and economical as well. A millennia of pharmacological history, vitamins and nutrients, and the ease of procuring and preparing dandelion root tea all add up to an herbal tea that is rapidly growing in popularity – with good reason.