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Dandelion Tea Benefits & How to Make Dandelion Tea

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits and some interesting facts about these pretty weeds/herbs/flowers plus how to make dandelion tea.

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

All you need to know about dandelions

I was always fascinated by dandelions when I was little. Their vibrant yellow, complex daisy-like head, standing tall out of the lawn, on a milky filled stem. My mother always told me “don’t pick the dandelion or you’ll wet the bed”. An odd warning, even as a child. But I suspect its origins come from the one of the many benefits that the dandelion has, the roots being a mild diuretic. But, why is it considered a weed at all. We will be looking at dandelion tea benefits shortly, being a diuretic is one of them

The dandelion, officially known as Taraxacum officinale, is a very hardy, perennial weed. Its deep tap root make is difficult to remove and its smothering, low growing leaves compete for space with other less aggressive neighbours.

After flowering, its head forms fluffy ball made of a collection seeds attached to lightweight helicopter-like feathers, that carries the seeds effortlessly, with the help of a slight breeze, to another location in the garden. Just when you think the reign of the dandelion is over, more spring up all over the place. It is unsightly in our gardens, springing up in our beautifully manicured lawns, in defiance of our attempts to control it.

 

Is a dandelion a herb?

But, in reality, it really should be referred to as a herb. Its benefits as a medicine, date back to 10th and 11th century. The roots of dandelions have long since been used to treat ailments of the liver. It has also been used to treat: infections, gallbladder problems, pneumonia and as a laxative, to name but a few.

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

The leaves are high in potassium and can be taken as a tea to counteract the loss of potassium, when we pass urine. But its nutritional benefits don’t stop there. It is also high in vitamin A,B,C and D as well as being a source of various minerals, including magnesium and calcium. The leaves can be eaten directly, they are a little bitter, but go great in a salad!

The commercial Natural Health community recognize this “weed” as a benefit to general well-being and it is now possible to buy tablets made from the roots, particularly for a part of a detoxification programme. It can also be taken for helping clearing your head and for sore throats. I always remember by mother making dandelion and burdock as a health drink for us when we were growing up.

 

How to Make Dandelion Tea

How to make Dandelion tea recipe

Dandelion tea benefits are vast - here is how to make it
Course Drinks
Cuisine American

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups water
  • 6 cups dandelions

Instructions
 

  • Put water and dandelions into pan and bring to boil
  • Allow tea to infuse for a minimum four hours
  • Sieve off dandelions and keep the liquid for your tea

Notes

Delicious iced with lime or can be heated up or drunk as is!  I am sure you will enjoy the dandelion tea benefits too.
Do tell everyone how to make dandelion tea it is delcious and free!
Keyword dandelion, tea

Which bit of the dandelion to use for Dandelion tea benefits?

You may delight in dandelion tea benefits but wonder which bit to use. Well, you can use the roots flowers and the leaves! Dandelion tea recipe if free and fabulous and your dandelion are to be found everywhere.

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits for farmers?

Dandelions also help farmers. Its deep roots help to bring nutrients such as calcium to the surface. Earthworms like hanging around the vicinity of dandelions, as easy channels are created for them, to move around in.

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

So the next time you take your fork to this unsightly appearance in your lawn, consider that you are about to destroy one of nature’s many beneficial wonders.

 

The First Dandelion

                                         Simple and fresh and fair from winter’s close 
                                                    emerging, 
                                        As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, 
                                                   had ever been, 
                                       Forth from its sunny nook of shelter’d grass— 
                                                  innocent, golden, calm as the dawn, 
                                      The spring’s first dandelion shows its trustful 
                                                  face 

Walt Whitman

 

 

More than dandelion tea benefits

I do hope you enjoyed this post on dandelion tea benefits you might also like my post on even more edible flowers

 

 

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The Dandelion

O dandelion, rich and haughty,
King of village flowers!
Each day is coronation time,
You have no humble hours.
I like to see you bring a troop
To beat the blue-grass spears,
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be
Like fate's triumphant shears.
Your yellow heads are cut away,
It seems your reign is o'er.
By noon you raise a sea of stars
More golden than before.

Vachel Lindsay

More ways to use dandelions

Have a look at this great vlog on more ways to make dandelions and how to clean and forage for them – so interesting and so many awesome ideas

 

 

I hope you have found this post on Dandelion Tea Benefits to be useful – have you tried this drink and di you enjoy it?

 

 
 

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