|A weed? Dandelion (taraxacum officinale)? Not at all, this humble plant on your lawn or growing in cracks and crevices has many health benefits with dandelion tea.|
Loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, this yellow flowering perennial has been used for centuries in herbal medicine to help treat stomach and liver issues. While the entire plant is edible, the root is the part that is most commonly made into tea.
What part of the dandelion is used to make tea
The flowers, leaves and roots can all be used for making dandelion tea, although the most common use for tea includes just the root.
Health benefits of dandelion tea
Rich in vitamins A, C and D, dandelion has long been revered by herbalists for its detoxifying benefits. As a tea, it also contains zinc, iron and potassium needed to support a healthy immune system. The flowers, leaves and roots are also loaded with antioxidants necessary to keep your body healthy.
Aids in digestion
Dandelion tea helps digestion by eliminating toxins from both the liver and kidneys. In particular, the root of dandelions contains inulin, the soluble fibre that supports healthy intestines.
Helps reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and water retention
Dandelions are an excellent source of potassium, which can help control high blood pressure. They also contain chicoric acid, which is not only well known for its antioxidant properties, but also aids in regulating glucose levels by reducing the flow of sugar into the bloodstream.
Dandelion tea is best known for acting as a diuretic, reducing water retention and increasing the frequency of urination flushing all the toxins out of your body.
Detoxifies the liver
The dandelion tea’s many vitamins and minerals help to cleanse the liver allowing it to properly eliminate toxins from the body.
Supports immune system
Dandelion tea is a good source of vitamin C, which aids in preventing seasonal colds. Helps treat urinary tract infections.
Dandelion tea can help prevent urinary tract infections as it promotes frequent urination by stimulating urine production.
There are anti-inflammatory benefits associated with drinking dandelion tea as it contains taraxasterol, which is known for having properties that combat inflammation.
Skin and hair benefits
The detoxifying properties of dandelion root have healing benefits when it comes to the skin as it increases both collagen production and overall hydration. It has been shown to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while eliminating the skin of toxins that cause acne and clogged pores. Research has also found it may also help prevent sun damage.
Dandelions can help make hair stronger with its natural vitamin and nutrient-rich formula. They also reduce excess scalp build up that causes dandruff and oily hair, leaving the scalp clear of any excess product or flakiness.
How often should you drink dandelion tea?
You can reap the many health benefits of dandelion tea by drinking just one cup a day.
Add some freshly squeezed lemon juice for extra flavour, which also helps the kidneys remove excess water from the body. You can also include a squirt of honey to sweeten. After you drink dandelion tea, you should follow it up with a glass of water to be sure you stay hydrated.
Are there risks to drinking dandelion tea?
Dandelion is a common plant that is generally considered safe, but you should always consult with your doctor.
How to make dandelion tea
The most important thing to take into consideration when making fresh dandelion root tea is to be sure the plant does not have any pesticides or sprayed with any other chemicals. Organic dandelions is your safest and best ingredient.
Dandelion roots are known to have the most nutritional value in both the spring and autumn.
Preheat your oven to 200°C and wash the dandelion roots thoroughly. Be sure to dry thoroughly before drying in the oven.
Place the roots on a baking sheet and roast for 10 to 20 minutes, stirring halfway through, depending on how many roots you have. Dandelion roots get darker the longer they cook but be sure to take care that they do not burn. Once they have fully roasted, you can place them in a coffee grinder for finer grounds or hand cut them into small pieces before preparing for brewing.
How to brew dandelion root tea
Bring 250ml(per person) of freshly drawn water to the boil.
Once the water has reached 100°C, leave it cool for a few minutes.
2 teaspoons of loose dandelion leaves, make sure it has been washed and cleaned thoroughly, in an infuser and pour the hot water from the kettle over the infuser.
Steep the dandelion tea for 10 minutes.
Strain the tea leaves and pour into a mug and enjoy.