June 23, 2013

A tea to add to your collection: Dandelion Tea

I know you are probably thinking, 'not another tea!' or 'isn't green tea the ultimate in herbal drinks?' But dandelion tea has an enormous range of benefits, which can knock green tea off it's health pedestal and make it a must have for your tea collection.

Dandelion roots act as a blood purifier that helps both kidneys and liver remove impurities from the body. It is also high in potassium and helps to improve digestion. The ultimate detox and cleansing tea, find it in the health food section of your grocery store.

Look for dandelion tea made from dandelion root, as this is the most nutritious version. You don't need to buy hyped up 'miracle' weight loss teas, which are usually made primarily of dandelion anyway, just add two cups of dandelion tea to your day to reap the benefits. Read on to learn more about this ancient healing tea.

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).
  • aids in digestion, and functions well to relieve digestive disorders like constipation and diarrhea.
  • works great to purify the blood and cleanse the system.
  • enhances detoxification, by stimulating urination and, in addition, by replacing the potassium lost in that process.
  • is one of the most effective herbs for getting the bloat out and helping relieve water retention.
  • has specific action in reducing inflammation, of the gall bladder and of the bile duct, and for rheumatism and arthritis.
  • improves the function of and maintains optimum liver, kidney, pancreas, spleen, stomach, and gall bladder functions.
  • helps in treating chronic hepatitis and jaundice disorders, and encourages healing of damaged tissues caused by alcohol liver disease.
  • helps reduce high cholesterol.
  • contains antioxidants that help your body fight off toxic bacteria and viruses.
  • helps with weight control—especially with weight loss.
  • is an excellent tea to incorporate in muscle building programs for weight lifters.
  • 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.
  • aids health maintenance for people suffering from Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes.
  • 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.
  • acts as an excellent substitute for coffee if you are trying to kick caffeine. 
  • can be made solely from the blossoms, the leaves, or the roots (roasted or not)—or, the entire plant.
  • can be used as a face wash to cleanse complexion and improve skin clarity.
  • makes a great bath addition, especially when made from older, stronger (tougher) leaves.

Which tea to buy?

There are at least three different types of dandelion tea - those made from dandelion roots, those made from dandelion leaves, and those made from dandelion flowers.

You can make dandelion tea by infusing one to two teaspoonful of dried dandelion leaves in hot water, which you can drink three times a day. The cut leaf form of the herb can be brewed inside a stainless steel tea ball or inside a wicker tea cup basket.

Compared to dandelion flowers and leaves, dandelion root is the part of the plant used most often for medicinal purposes, and which provides the most health benefits. Dandelion root tea is available in teabags, dried powder form, or in capsules. I use an instant dried form, which mixes with hot water to make the drink.

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