I have to admit at first I was hesitant to take a sip of tea made from flowers in the back yard. I remembered having the same feeling when I harvested my first vegetable from the garden. I sat there staring at my snow peas terrified to take a bite wondering if it was going to make me sick. I then realized that I knew my garden better then the ones in Mexico, where a big portion of our food is grown. I have even heard of workers taking bathroom breaks in the gardens while they harvested our foods. I watered, composted, and weeded that garden and I kept everything organic. The snow peas were delicious and more addicting then a container of pringles. I was hooked on gardening and the idea of providing food for my family. Flash forward to the present and the cup of tea that I had in my hands made from dandelion leaves and roots that I yanked from the ground. I literally counted to three and held my nose, 1…..2……3……. 3 and a 1/2…..
The Tea was amazing!
I have eaten the dandelion flower before and that tasted good but I have also had the leaves and they were bitter because the dandelion flower opened. I was pleasantly surprised with the flavor of this tea, but don’t take my word for it try it yourself.
Benefits to drinking tea
- Reduces Inflammation
- The tea is an Antioxidant (anti-aging effects) and combats viruses
- works as a diuretic
- Full of fiber which is helpful in weight loss
- stabilizes blood sugar
- Drinking and pouring the tea on skin problems such as eczema will help relieve and/or cure
- purifies the kidney and liver as well as ease congestion of the liver
- purifies the bladder and reduces risk of urinary track infections
- lowers cholesterol
- Full of vitamins and minerals
- Relieves stomach aches
- Relives Joint problems
- Relieves Bloating
- Improves Digestion
- use as a face wash to help skin clarity
How To Make Dandelion Tea
When I made dandelion tea I did extensive research online to see how other people made it. I found some recipes where they only used the flower and/or leaves and/or root. Some people dried their leaves before using and some just rinsed them. Ill tell you how I made the tea and it turned out great.
- Find a few young dandelions and pull the whole plant out of the ground roots and all (do not pick plants that have had chemicals sprayed on them).
- pull off the leaves and rinse them well
- Separate the root from the plant and rinse the root well. Pat dry with napkin to make sure there is no dirt left.
- Leave root and leaves out in the sun to dry. (this took all day, and I have read other recipes where they skipped this step)
- Cut the root and leaves into small pieces and make sure there are no stems.
- Boil water in a tea kettle and pour into cup
- Put the root leaves and (if you wish) flower in a tea ball or use a coffee filter (coffee filter works best).
- Allow the tea to sit in the hot water for at least 5 min.
- Add honey to your liking.
Now you can always buy dandelion tea (click on image). I recommend that you buy your tea online because the stores are always running out.