Dandelions are a dark leafy green with wonderful roots, a very rich source of vitamins and minerals. This herbal chai also makes a delicious hot or iced latte! Follow the enticing fragrant bouquet with your nose.
A healing herb, dandelion contains a rich abundance of calcium, which constitutes fifty percent — or more — of the mineral elements in a human body. Concentrated in bones and teeth, this macronutrient is essential in blood and muscles. A one hundred fifty-pound person has approximately three pounds of this mineral. Calcium works together with Vitamin D to make dense, strong bones. High in calcium, ounce for ounce more than milk, and with a wealth of other nutrients, dandelion makes a long-time favorite choice for tea. Tea, the world’s second most commonly consumed beverage, ranks next to water.
Drinking dandelion tea can give the body a “natural high” or incredible sensation of energy, giving a “grounded” type of energy without unwanted side effects like from caffeine, calcium that helps keep your energy levels high!
Some of the many traditional benefits of dandelion tea, just for starters:
-Dandelion tea tastes good (especially with a sweetener like honey or sugar — or, a good taste with a no-carbohydrate choice, like xylitol).
-Dandelion tea benefits your health (in fact, it’s very good for you) — as health enthusiasts world wide can attest for this delicious herbal remedy.
-Dandelion tea forms a prime medical ingredient in over half the phytonutrient blends on the market (weight loss, rejuvenation, detoxification; digestive, liver, kidney, & skin supplements).
-Dandelion tea uses include as an ingredient in cooking.
-Dandelion tea aids in digestion, and functions well to relieve digestive disorders like constipation and diarrhea.
-Dandelion tea works great to purify the blood and cleanse the system.
-Dandelion tea enhances detoxification, by stimulating urination and, in addition, by replacing the potassium lost in that process.
-Dandelion tea is one of the most effective herbs for getting the bloat out and helping relieve water retention.
-Dandelion tea has specific action in reducing inflammation, of the gall bladder and of the bile duct, and for rheumatism and arthritis.
-Dandelion tea improves the function of and maintains optimum liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and gall bladder functions.
-Dandelion tea helps in treating chronic hepatitis and jaundice disorders, and encourages healing of damaged tissues caused by alcohol liver disease.
-Dandelion tea helps reduce high cholesterol.
-Dandelion tea contains antioxidants that help your body fight off toxic bacteria and viruses.
-Dandelion tea helps with weight control — especially with weight loss.
-Dandelion tea strengths incorporate well into muscle building programs for weight lifters.
-Dandelion tea actively ameliorates disease — it is a potent disease-fighter — and helps the body heal, helps boost immunity, and combat cancer, heart disease, and age-related memory loss.
-Dandelion tea aids health maintenance for people suffering from Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
-Dandelion tea transfers magnificent amounts of minerals and vitamins: A, C, D, E, & B complex, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper, choline, and boron, etc. when infused in hot water.
-Dandelion tea can be made solely from the blossoms, the leaves, or the roots (roasted or not) — or, the entire plant.
-Dandelion tea is traditionally served plain (as is), and also made into other beverages — like ale, beer, “coffee”, and wine.
-Dandelion tea as a face wash cleanses complexion, improves skin clarity.
-Dandelion tea makes a great bath addition, especially when made from older, stronger (tougher) leaves.
-Dandelion tea can serve as an inspiration for a great tea party!
Composting spent dandelion tea blossoms, leaves, and/or roots, after drinking your dandelion tea, improves soil composition.
HOW TO MAKE THE TEA READY:
Simmer 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat:
2 cups of water
3 Tblsp. roasted dandelion root, or 3 dandelion roasted root tea bags
pinch cinnamon (or, a cinnamon stick)
ginger root (ground, or, even better, chopped, with skin)
and add your choice of:
• anise seed
• bay leaf
• black peppercorns
• orange peel, dried
• raspberry leaf, dried
• fennel seeds
• vanilla bean
• licorice root
Strain the tea using a fine filter. To this add:
honey, a spoonful
(soy) milk, to taste
Heat again on a low flame, and do not boil. Go all out for Spiced Dandelion Tea! Starting with a quart of water, simmer all but the dandelion, honey, and milk for 45 minutes, uncovered, add the dandelion, and then simmer another 15 minutes. Strain, sweeten, add milk, and serve.