Potential Dandelion Tea Side Effects and Risks

It's important to stay informed about potential dandelion tea side effects and risks, even though dandelion tea is so very beneficial for good health.

When you're first getting to know a new tea, it's fascinating to discover the many ways it may benefit physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness! As you read and learn about any tea, check into any potential side effects and risks associated with this tea, too, just to be sure it's a healthy choice for you and your household.

Dandelion herbal tea is amazingly healthful, providing so many good things for our bodies and minds. However, there are a few possible dandelion tea risks and side effects that are important to be aware of. Keep reading to learn more.

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Some General Precautions

While herbs and herbal teas are natural, effective healers, they also have active ingredients that may not be the best choice for each of us. However, in general, dandelion tea is considered a safe, gentle choice for most healthy adults, whether it's enjoyed as a beverage or for its topical benefits.

As with any new tea, introduce dandelion tea to your diet gradually. Since dandelion tea has been known occasionally to cause diarrhea, heartburn, or an upset stomach, you may want to try it in the evening or on the weekend first (rather than on a workday), if this tea is new to you.

Allergic reactions to dandelions & dandelion tea

Dandelions are a member of the Asteraceae / Compositae family, so, if you're allergic to another plant in this large, flowering-plant family (such as chamomile, ragweed, calendula, Echinacea, chrysanthemum, yarrow, sunflower, or feverfew), you may be allergic to dandelions, too.

If you think you may have a dandelion allergy, please use with caution (either consumed as a tea or food, or used topically), and watch for typical signs of allergy (such as watery eyes, runny nose, a rash, or itchy skin). If you do have a reaction to dandelion tea, stop consuming or using it. You can ask your naturopathic doctor about testing you for a dandelion allergy, too.

What about dandelion tea side effects if I'm on any medications?

If you're currently being treated for any medical condition or taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies, it's best to ask your healthcare provider about any potential interactions with dandelion tea before including high amounts of this tea in your diet.

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Dandelion tea may interact with certain medications by increasing or decreasing the effects, side effects, and speed at which the medications take effect.

Please chat with your healthcare provider about safe amounts of dandelion tea if you are currently taking any antibiotics, diuretics (water pills), lithium, medications that are broken down by the liver, medications for diabetes, or any anticoagulant or anti-platelet (blood-thinning) medications (such as aspirin or warfarin). Also, check with your natural healthcare practitioner before consuming dandelion tea if you have gallstones or are being treated for any gallbladder condition. 

Remember, too, that dandelion tea does have diuretic properties (meaning it encourages more frequent urination), and so it may cause medications or other herbal remedies to leave your system more quickly.


For most of us, dandelion tea is a risk-free choice, and potential side effects aren't anything to worry about. 

However, if you or anyone else in your family has a dandelion allergy or are taking any medications or herbal remedies, please act on the side of caution and have a chat with your herbal practitioner or another trusted healthcare provider about specific dandelion tea side effects and precautions for your household.

Dandelion Tea Side Effects for Moms and Tots

Wondering whether dandelion tea is a good choice for you if you're expecting or nursing, or a good tea for the little ones in your family? Learn more about dandelion tea for moms and kids here.

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More about Dandelion Tea Benefits


Benefits of Dandelion Tea - Tart, tasty dandelion tea is bursting with flavor and is also wonderfully beneficial for physical and mental health and wellness. 

Your Dandelion Tea Benefits! - If you're a fan of dandelion tea and its benefits for good health and wellness, why not share your thoughts and opinions with our other readers? And, see what other visitors to our site have to say about dandelion tea benefits, too.

Dandelion Tea Recipes - Drop by our Dandelion Tea Recipe pages for tips on making hot or iced dandelion tea from loose dandelion tea, teabags, or dandelion leaves or roots you've harvested yourself. Why not treat yourself to a spa-like dandelion tea bath, too?

Dandelion Tea Side Effects - Before adding dandelion tea to your daily routine, read more about some potential risks and side effects associated with this herbal tea.

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