Flower Power: Kick it with Dandelion

Hi folks! Welcome back to The Tea Blog at Bean Around Books!

Today I thought I would talk about a tea that was in the recipe from the other day, when I put up the Recipe Feature on the New Years Detox Tea (which you can find here!) – Dandelion Tea!

I recommended the Detox Tea from Bean Around Books & Tea, to be used in the recipe because not only does it contain Dandelion, but its chock full of other extremely beneficial and health ingredients. But the original recipe calls for Dandelion Tea, and that is what I am here to talk about today 🙂

Production

Dandelion Tea is actually incredibly easy to make yourself, but if you aren’t up for making it yourself, you can often purchase it at health food stores and farmers markets, I would recommend Roots Natural Organic Foods, which is located right here in Maple Ridge. Click here to visit their website!

For those of you wanting to try making it yourself, or if you’re curious about the process, keep reading!

Steps to making your own Dandelion Tea:

  1. Dig up as much of a dandelion plant as you can get with a deep spade. The plant’s taproot is quite long and twisted, so it can take some effort to unearth the entire plant.
  2. Separate the root from the leaves, stems and flowers, and rinse the root under cool running water. Save the leaves for another use, if desired.
  3. Bring 1 quart of water to boil in a saucepan.
  4. Chop dandelion root coarsely. Add 2 teaspoons of the chopped root to the saucepan, cover the pan and lower the heat.
  5. Simmer the dandelion root in the covered saucepan for about 1 minute.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat. Leave the dandelion root to steep in the covered pan for 40 minutes.
  7. Set a strainer over a teapot, and pour the infused liquid into the pot. Discard the root pieces.

There are some precautions you should take when digging up Dandelion Roots!

  • Never dig up dandelion plants from an unfamiliar park or neighborhood lawn. Unless you know otherwise, it’s safest to assume the area in which the dandelions are growing has been treated with pesticides.
  • Talk to your physician about possible interactions with prescriptions or pre-existing conditions. For example, because dandelion stimulates bile, people with blocked bile ducts or gall bladder issues may need to avoid the herb.

However – there are many benefits to consuming Dandelion Tea too! :

  • The flower is a source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant than can help protect your cells from damage.
  • The leaves and flowers contain Vitamin C.
  • The root, flower and leaves contain fiber, which is a digestive aid.
  • The leaves contain iron which is known to help with anemia.
  • The root and leaves contain calcium and phosphorus, which are essential to bones and teeth.
  • The root, leaves and flowers contain magnesium, which can help relax the muscles.
  • The root contains zinc, which can help fight colds and flu.
  • The leaves contain more protein than spinach.
  • The root acts as a diuretic and can help rid the body of excess fluid and waste products.
  • The root can be made into a tea, which can help to inhibit bacterial growth in the urinary tract.
  • The leaves are bitter, which can help improve liver function to remove toxins and help to improve hydration.

You can pick up a tea blend of tea at the store, containing Dandelion tea, available in store or online at thetumblingtealeaf.com!

As always, thanks for reading and be sure to stay tuned for future Tea Culture Posts and other features!

Cheers! Lindsay 🙂

Sources

http://www.livestrong.com/article/16368-make-dandelion-root-tea/

16 Benefits You Didn’t Know About Using Dandelions

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