I created this educational blog post and video, with the intention to share with you the incredible healing benefits of drinking Dandelion Tea. In my quest to get my health back on track, one of the things I started doing regularly was to drink Dandelion tea.
Dandelion is not a weed, as much as companies like Monosanto wants you to believe. In reality, Dandelion is one of the most powerful and potent medicinal plants that are wildly available to us.
And I say wildly available because you can literally find them everywhere.
Yes, you definitely don't want to get the ones growing on your driveway to make tea or by the dog's park, but maybe the next time you go for a walk to the Forrest or a more isolated park, if you look around? you will find wild Dandelion everywhere.
I love to make my Dandelion tea using wild harvested Dandelion and since right now I'm staying for a few months in a 250 acres farm in upstate NY, I just go for a walk and easily collect the plants myself.
On this educational video I created, I want to share with you how and where to find Dandelion, how to clean it properly and how to make yourself tea with it. I'm also very aware that for many people finding wild Dandelion may not be a possibility or a choice, or maybe you just would like to drink Dandelion tea without having to harvest it yourself.
If this is the case, don't worry because I have you covered and will also share with you how you can buy Organic Dandelion Root and Leaves from the most reputable herbal company (Mountain Rose Herbs) so you can easily and comfortable make it, on your home once it arrives.
In this video I created you can see me picking up wild Dandelion myself, cleaning it, and making the tea. Everything have been documented step by step, and while watching it, you can also read about the healing benefits of this wonderful plant.
You can do the same too and if you buy the Dandelion roots already cut and cleaned at Mountain Rose Herbs or elsewhere, once it arrives to your home all you have to do is put about 1 teaspoon of Dandelion roots to boil, to make yourself a cup of tea. I personally like to make me a larger pot of tea and then place it in a large glass jar, that will last me 2-3 days drinking about 2-3 cups a day.
I boil my Dandelion roots for about 1-2 hours (depending on the quantity I use) I have been drinking a lot of Dandelion tea lately, so instead of making one cup at the time, I just put the amount of 2-3 cups inside my mason glass jar and drink along the day. I love it hot, warm and even cold.
The large pot I make as you can see on the image, I keep it in the fridge and when I want to get some, I warm it up or just drink it cold. I also add some edible flowers and it makes for a wonderful refreshing summer cold drink. Most importantly, a healthy one! Additionally and just for clarification, sometimes I make the tea using only the roots and other times I add the dandelion leaves as well. The dandelion leaves are quite bitter so if you don't like bitter flavors, you can just make it with Dandelion roots (not bitter) and then add maybe a leaf or two, or none;-) Since I use a lot of Dandelion Roots to make a large pot of tea, I reuse them 2-3 times (Just by adding more water and boiling them again) before totally discarding them.
Below You Will Find a little Dandelion History and Some Of The Health Benefits For You To Read.
Dandelion is a treasured botanical with a long history of use in traditional herbal practices worldwide. Dandelion is a sunny, subtle, yet incredible plant that has been used for thousands of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is mentioned in traditional Arabian medicine in the tenth century. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine practices all over the world as a restorative tonic, edible food, and in herbal beers and wines. The use of dandelion was first recorded in writing in the Tang Materia Medica (659 B.C.E.), and then later noted by Arab physicians in the 10th century.
In the United States, various indigenous cultures considered dandelion to be a prized edible, a gastrointestinal aid, a cleansing alterative, and a helpful poultice or compress. The Bella Coola from Canada made a decoction of the roots to assuage gastrointestinal challenges; the Algonquian ate the leaves for their alterative properties and also used them externally as a poultice.
Additionally, the Aleut steamed leaves and applied them topically to sore throats. The Cherokee believed the root to be an alterative as well and made a tea of the plant (leaves and flowers) for calming purposes.
It is interesting to note that dandelion was used by the Iroquois as well. They made a tea of the whole plant, and also considered it be an alterative tonic. In the southwestern U.S., in Spanish speaking communities practicing herbalism, dandelion is called 'chicoria' or 'diente de leon.'
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) it is referred to as 'Xin Xiu Ben Cao' or 'Pu Gong Ying' and considered to be energetically sweet, drying, and cooling. According to TCM, dandelion clears heat from the liver and has a beneficial effect on the stomach and lungs, and it can uplift the mood and support lactation.
The root was listed as official in the United States National Formulary, in the pharmacopeias of Austria and the Czech Republic, in the Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia, and the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia amongst others. Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar strongly promotes this herb, saying that it is "invaluable to women going through menopause." Dandelion root's benefit to the digestive tract is twofold as it contains inulin and is also a bitter digestive tonic which tones the digestive system and stimulates the appetite. It calms heat and also hot emotions and is thus helpful in those that are irritated.
Precautions No known precautions. it is recommended that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
I truly hope that you find this information helpful and please feel free to add your comments as I always love reading them;-)
In Light, Love & Healing
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only.