When people think of a Dandelion, they usually think of it as a weed. But anyone who knows anything about herbs will tell you this awesome plant has so many health benefits that treating them as pests is such a waste.
The yellow flowered plants we frequently see on lawns, aren’t true dandelions, they are part of the dandelion family but they are not the ones to drink as tea, so please don’t go and start drinking those okay 🙂
Dandelion Root Tea
Dandelion root has been used for centuries for many different medicinal purposes. Today you’ll discover a few of the benefits of drinking dandelion root tea because drinking the root tea is one of the most common ways to consume it.
It’s also referred to as dandelion root coffee too, probably due to the fact that it makes a dark brown coloured tea and tastes good with honey and milk. I prefer to drink it black on most occasions but it does make a wonderful winter warmer in the form of dandelion chai too, using cinnamon, cloves and cardomon pods.
Anyway let’s get on with some of the benefits.
6 Great Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea
1. Vitamin and Mineral Power
Dandelion roots contain a surprising amount of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin B complex, C, D, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. The benefit of the vitamins and minerals alone makes this plant a powerful addition to any diet.
2. Best Hangover Cure
One of dandelions major medicinal uses is in treating liver ailments. It has a cleansing effect on the liver. Alcohol floods the liver and lets just say the next day after a big night out, your liver and other organs are going to feel sluggish, making you feel terrible! Drink a few cups of dandelion root tea and believe me you will be springing back into action quick smart. It’s best to drink it black and unsweetened in this situation but if you can’t stomach it this way, drinking it with milk and honey will work effectively too.
3. Relieve Digestive Issues
Your digestive system is a complicated place with many organs performing their various functions. Many people experience discomfort in the digestive region than any other part of the body. Gas, bloating, constipation and indigestion are just a few of the common ailments that come from this area. If you are prone to this type of discomfort, drink some dandelion root tea right after you eat. The tea stimulates digestive enzymes from your mouth all the way down to your small intestine giving you quick relief.
4. Ease Premenstrual Symptoms
Women have been dealing with premenstrual symptoms way before there were drug stores. Water retention, anxiety, irritability and insomnia are some symptoms of PMS that can be helped by herbs. The estrogen levels are at an all-time high for some women at this time of the month. Dandelion is a detoxification herb that helps the liver rid the body of unwanted hormones. In order to reduce the build up of hormones, it is recommended that women drink three cups of dandelion root tea every day during their cycle for effective reduction of symptoms.
5. Lower High Cholesterol
The liver has been long recognised as playing a big part in high cholesterol levels. The body makes it’s own cholesterol via the liver so if your liver is over producing cholesterol or your digestive system isn’t processing it properly, you may get high cholesterol levels. As mentioned above, dandelion root is helpful to the digestive system and it is actually most helpful in cleansing the liver, so it makes perfect sense that drinking dandelion root tea will help your body purge itself of cholesterol or at least help balance things out.
6. Caffeine Detox
Dandelion root tea makes a great coffee substitute, its rich, dense flavor is so delicious making it the perfect beverage to help you eliminate or reduce your intake of caffeine. Try replacing your coffee with dandelion root tea to help overcome your addiction and cleanse your liver at the same time. Start with just one day at a time and when you get use to that routine, eliminate another coffee day and replace it with the tea. Follow this plan until you are completely off it and your overall health will improve as well. or if you want to quit quickly, try this caffeine remedy that will help you get off caffeine without headaches, thanks to dandelion and a few other key ingredients!
These are just a few of the benefits of drinking dandelion root tea, make sure you have it handy after your next big night out. It really is the best hangover cure ever!
Nutrition & Health Coach