What is so special about dandelion roots you say?
Yes, I’m talking about that nasty weed that grows on your lawn/garden every spring!
Well, it turns out they have some pretty special qualities. But before I go there, I have to tell you about my experience with it.
I was on Facebook a while ago when I came across a post that talked about Roasted Dandelion Root Tea. I had heard quite a bit about dandelion roots, but hadn’t done much research on it. So I decided it was time I did.
Here’s what I found out. Dandelion roots:
- are good for minor digestive issues
- can be used to reduce water weight
- used to promote liver health
- is a natural coffee substitute
- could have future anti-cancer solutions
- can help with urinary tract infections
Knowing these facts made me venture to the grocery store to find this special elixir to try. I did find boxes of Roasted Dandelion Root Tea on the shelf and took a box home with me. It can also be purchased here.
Since I purchased a box of this lovely tea, I’ve made my Dandelion Latte – recipe to follow. It’s pretty much the same ingredients as my Chai Latte, only using Roasted Dandelion Root Tea. It tastes great with the added spices. Not so much without though, I have to admit.
I also noted that this particular tea acts as a substitute for coffee. I haven’t noticed because I gave up coffee in 2014 and really haven’t missed it too much.
Buying it already prepared ready to go in your cup is one way to make your dandelion root tea, but you can also “pick your own” dandelions (as long as they haven’t been sprayed with any toxic weed spray or anything else that might harm you).
Apparently, it’s best to harvest the dandelion roots for medicinal uses in the Fall/Autumn when the plant is dormant because the insoluble fiber is higher and the fructose levels are lower than in Spring.
Carefully harvesting the roots is suggested so you don’t lose too much of the sap. Using a digger and/or a sturdy fork to help dig out the roots is recommended using care not to damage the roots too much. Look for large plants which have large roots. (I’ve actually watched people harvesting dandelions, but really didn’t know why until now.)
Once harvested, make sure to wash the roots thoroughly to get all the dirt off of them. Thick roots should be cut lengthwise into strips of even size to accommodate drying. If drying, use a dehydrator and dehydrate until brittle. If you don’t have a dehydrator, spread out on a screen and leave in a dry place for anywhere between 3-14 days, until brittle. Dried roots can be kept for about a year.
You can make a “tea” out of either 1 oz of dried, or 2 oz of fresh roots placed in a pot containing one pint of water. Bring to a boil, cover, and boil for 20 minutes. The liquid can then be used as a tea. For additional information about dandelion roots and how to use them, see Common Sense Home’s post.
I’ve quite enjoyed drinking my tea from bags, however, I might try to harvest my own roots another time.
See my recipe for Dandelion Root Latte.
Special Note: If you have irritable bowel issues, it is recommended you do not drink this tea.
Have a great day and week ahead.