Dandelion tea, another organic drink

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!

Dandelion Tea (Copyright Akwa)

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
• cloves
• orange peel, dried
• raspberry leaf, dried
• fennel seeds
• peppercorns
• 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.
Enjoy!

P. Loveniers

Akwa Wellness

Sources:

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea

The Health Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea: The Miracle Weed That Regenerates the Body From the Inside Out

Dandelion Tea: 6 Ways It Could Benefit Your Liver, Immunity, and Weight

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