(Taraxacum officinale) – loose herb, herbal tea
The plant is used to help liver function and increase bile production. It lowers blood fat and dissolves cholesterol. It regulates the intestinal function and eliminates constipation. It also has tonic, appetite enhancing, digestive and strong diuretic effects.
Due to the inulin content of the root, it can be used in the diet of diabetics. The leaf is rich in minerals and vitamins and can be eaten raw as part of salads.
Dandelion tea is the perfect choice for those with the above problems or those who lead relatively sedentary lifestyles and who experience discomforts associated with this, such as constipation, digestive disorders, indigestion, and general sluggishness and fatigue. Just one cup a day will yield noticeable results within the first few months.
Traditional therapeutic use
- Appetite stimulant.
- Facilitate liver function.
- Kidney- and gallstone dissolver – Dandelion is an ingredient of a treatment herbal tea mix for this condition – contact us for a personalised consultation.
- Vitamin C supplement (leaves contain twice as much as a lemon).
- Reduce high blood pressure.
- Improves metabolism.
- Dietary aid.
- The root is a sugar substitute for diabetics.
- Suitable for vitamin-based cancer prevention (rich in Vitamin A & C).
- Tea can be used as a vaginal rinse for fungal infections.
Preparation of tea
Root: 1 teaspoon of the root should be boiled for 15 minutes in a cup (250ml) of water with a lid*, strain and drink 2-3 times a day.
Whole herb: Boil a cup (250ml) of water and pour over 1 tablespoon of the herb, leave to steep with a lid* for 20 minutes, strain and drink it 20 minutes before lunch and dinner.
* The lid ensures that none of the goodness of the tea is lost through evaporation.
N.B. You should not use metal implements when handling and preparing (brewing, stepping and drinking) herbal teas – this includes spoons, mugs and filters. This does not apply to heating the water (and excludes boiling the roots in the water). Wooden spoon accessories are available in our shop.
Possible side effects
Dandelion’s diuretic properties:
- May speed up how fast medications may travel through your system and impact how your liver breaks down medications thereby making some medications stronger and others weaker.
- May increase the risk of bleeding so anyone on blood-thinning medication.
- Some who suffer hayfever-like allergies to dandelion flowers, such as chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, marigold, ragweed or iodine.
- Since many potassium elements are leaked during urinary incontinence, this needs to be replaced with fresh vegetables and bananas.
This offer is for a single herb ingredient, but contact us for a personalised consultation for herbal ingredient mixes that are tailored to your requirements.