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Dandelion Tea Benefits & How to Make Delicious Dandelion Tea

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

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

All you need to know about dandelion tea benefits

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

 

 

Our weedy friends & the benefits of dandelion tea

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

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits – Oh wow there really are just so many!

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.

There are just so many Dandelion Tea Benefits how can you NOT drink it on a regular basis really?

 

How to Make Dandelion Tea & Dandelion Tea Benefits

have a look at the recipe below – it is super easy and you will be so pleased you have done this …

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.

I always think using items directly form nature works to connect you with the earth and makes you feel more authentic somehow – do you feel like this when you go foraging?

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

Dandelion Tea Benefits – the prettiest of all the weeds don’t you think?

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits for farmers?

Dandelion tea benefits 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

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 and that there is so many better things you can do with it than that. I always find the wilder things are the more precious somehow they are – maybe it is because we have not tamed them?

 

A dandelion poem

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits have inspired many poems

Letme share a couple with you here poets and singers have long been inspired by the humble dandelion – its just so pretty and so very special 

 

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

 

Dandelion by the Rolling Stones (I don’t think they are talking about the benefits of dandelion tea) 

Prince or pauper, beggar man or thing
Play the game with ev’ry flower you bring
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion

One o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock, four o’clock chimes
Dandelions don’t care about the time
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

Tho’ you’re older now its just the same
You can play this dandelion game
When you’re finished with your childlike prayers
Well, you know you should wear it

Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailors lives
Rich man, poor man, beautiful, daughters wives
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries
Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

Little girls, and boys come out to play
Bring your dandelions to blow away
Dandelion don’t tell no lies
Dandelion will make you wise
Tell me if she laughs or cries

Blow away dandelion, blow away dandelion

 

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

 

 

Pin how to make dandelion tea & dandelion tea benefits for later

 

dandelion tea benefits

 

 

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 & dandelion tea benefits 

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 on how you can make the very most of these pretty yellow wildflower/weeds

 

 

Why Dandelions fly?

Did you know…..

Plants such as dandelions often use wind to transport seeds. Each dandelion seed comes with its own individual parachute. This device works very well and only a slight wind will carry seeds high into the sky. As there are so many adult plants in one place there is no space for the next generation of plants to grow. (BBC

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits – will you try it?

I hope you have found this post on Dandelion Tea Benefits to be useful – have you tried this drink and did you enjoy it? Or are you perhaps tempted to give it a try?

You will find lots more of my recipes over at my foodie blog Eat Simply 

 

Other uses for dandelions

Dandelion heads can simply be eaten tossed with a green salad the old heads can be bitter so the younger ones are best to use

Dandelion honey can be delicious – take a look here for a lovely vegan recipe

How about give dandelion greens and eggs a try

Why not give dandelion pumpkin seed pesto a go?

 

Fried Dandelions:

Time to get foraging folks!

You’ll need 2 cups of dandelion heads . The stem is very bitter so get rid of that . You’ll also need 1 egg, cup of milk, 1 cup of seasoned flour and 1 cup of olive oil.

Wash and dry your found dandelions. Heat up the olive oil then beat together egg, milk and seasoned flour.

Dip each head into the batter using tongs and drop into oil only after it is hot. Fry to a golden brown and place on paper towels. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy hot!

What do you reckon fancy trying friend dandelions for your tea? It would most certainly be something new at our house.

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits

 

Over to you – do dandelions appeal  to you?

Do you think you might give these a go – they are a great way on making sure you get all those important dandelion tea benefits inside you ?

 

Give dandelions a chance!

Before you write of this most beneficial of weeds do please explore it’s uses and especially dandelion tea benefits I think you really will be most pleasantly surprised by all it has to offer you and your palate and of course your health.

 

Dandelion Tea Benefits – wow – so many and and so many amazing facts to absorb and learn about this amazing flower (I cannot call it a weed!)

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