Did you know those sunny yellow flowers that grow everywhere are actually good for you? From the leafy greens to the roots, you’ll find great health benefits to eating this seemingly annoying weed. From the French words for “Lion’s Tooth” the dandelion plant is known for it’s bright yellow flowers and toothed leaves. Dandelion grows almost everywhere in the world. It even places its roots in some of the most unforgiving landscapes.
But can you just eat the dandelion flowers and call it a day? In short, yes, you can! In fact, you can eat the plant from the root to the blossoms. And it’s all rather tasty both cooked and raw. Plus, the plant contains more calcium than a glass of milk and more iron than spinach. And you’ll also get a hefty dose of both vitamin C and A. Not to mention, 55mg of dandelion leaves contain more than 535% of your daily value of vitamin K.
In addition, the dandelion plant contains magnesium, folic acid, and potassium. And dandelion is known to get your bowels moving in the case of constipation. In fact, you could lose weight because the plant makes you feel fuller. That said, the most popular ways to eat dandelion is either in a salad or as a tea. It’s simple to make the salad, and you absorb more fiber this way. But drinking dandelion root tea could possibly be even better for you. Read more to find out why.
What Is Dandelion Root Tea?
Also known as Dandelion Coffee, Dandelion Root Tea has been around at least since the 10th or 11th century. It was first created by Arabian physicians as medicine. And some research shows that in the 13th century, the Welsh also started using it as a sort of health tonic. The root of the dandelion plant is unarguably the healthiest part of the plant. And traditional herbalists, as well as modern doctors, know that it supports a healthy liver, bladder, spleen, and gallbladder. Most people know it as detoxifying, as it assists your kidneys detoxify your blood.
What’s The Best Dandelion Root Tea?
You can buy a number of different brands of dandelion root teas at your local supermarket or online. But the truth is, the most effective kind of dandelion root tea is the kind you make yourself. This involves just a tiny bit of cultivating and harvesting, but we’ll guide you through this.
Step 1: Find and harvest dandelion roots
First you’ll want to find dandelions away from city pollution or pesticides. You’ll want to bring a shovel, and know that the ground will be softer after rainfall. Make sure that the roots of the plant you’re digging up are, in fact, dandelion roots, and nothing else. It’s believed the roots are the most nutrient rich during the spring and the fall. Do your best to avoid breaking the root when harvesting.
Step 2: Clean and cook the roots
It’s good to start off with a small batch, in case you make a mistake and waste all of the roots. Once you’ve gathered enough, wash them thoroughly and pick off the stringy bits covering the roots. Rinse again, and cut them into small pieces, like you would dice a carrot. Then roast the dandelion roots for 2 hours at about 250 degrees. Flip the pieces after 1 hour. You can cut them up even smaller, if you’d like, and place them in a coffee grinder or food processor.
Step 3: Brew the dandelion root powder
You’ll need a tea infused for this last step. Put the root powder in the tea infused and steep for around 20 minutes. It should taste a bit earthy, sweet, bitter, and light. Feel free to add in cinnamon or honey to taste. Enjoy hot or on ice. And top it off with a dandelion flower for aesthetics.
If this seems like too much work, simply go to the store and buy already-made dandelion root tea. You’ll reap most of the same benefits. And your liver will thank you, too. Thanks for reading!