Once you've discovered the benefits of dandelion tea, you'll grow to love and appreciate this tart, refreshing, caffeine-free beverage.
For many of us, our relationship with dandelions consists primarily of considering ways to rid our yards of this determined little flower for those summer weeks when dandelions rule our lawns.
But... here's something you may not have considered: That "weed" is brimming with potential wellness benefits for you and your family, and it brews up into a richly flavorful cup of tea, too.
Traditional herbal wisdom has valued dandelions for centuries, and this plant (roots, leaves, and flowers) is receiving a lot of attention in recent scientific research, as well, thanks to its numerous beneficial properties.
Here are some good reasons to add dandelion tea to your tea stash and enjoy a cup regularly.
Dandelion tea is an all-around digestive powerhouse. If your digestion isn't working as you'd like or you're struggling with constipation, diarrhea, or bothersome irregularity, make some nurturing dandelion tea to feel better and help get things working well again.
A cup of dandelion tea may also provide quick and soothing relief for indigestion, nausea, gassiness, or an upset stomach. And, it can stimulate a poor appetite, too, on those days when you just don't feel like eating.
The liver is the body's second-largest organ (second only to the skin), and it works continuously to filter blood, remove toxins from the body, produce and release bile, and perform a host of other essential functions.
To support your hardworking liver and aid in keeping it in optimum working order, include some dandelion root tea in your day. This nurturing herbal tea cleanses, detoxifies, and stimulates the liver, and encourages the production and flow of bile, too.
Dandelion tea can help with weight management, as well, and maintaining a healthy body weight is another important part of keeping the liver healthy.
Even more benefits of dandelion tea... Consuming this tart, tasty tea supports and stimulates the gallbladder (another key member of the digestive system), and may help to dissolve existing gallstones or prevent gallstones from forming at all.
Like many other teas, dandelion tea is an impressive source of antioxidants. An antioxidant-rich diet delivers wide-ranging wellness benefits - antioxidants fight harmful substances called "free radicals" in our bodies and help us stay young, vibrant, and healthy.
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Our bodies do create some antioxidants, but a nutritious, varied diet is important to provide us with additional antioxidants. Enjoying teas and herbal tisanes (like dandelion tea) is a delicious, nourishing, simple way to nurture and support our bodies with healthful antioxidants.
If water retention and bloating have you feeling disheartened during that time of the month (or any other time), here's a healthy, tasty remedy: sip some dandelion leaf tea (it's delicious iced, hot, or at room temperature). A natural diuretic, cooling dandelion tea encourages urine flow and can help to flush out excess fluids and toxins from our bodies.
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Not only may dandelion tea provide much-welcome relief from water retention, but it's a safer alternative than many other diuretics, too, because it provides (rather than depletes) potassium. As Victoria Zak says in her wonderful book, "20,000 Secrets of Tea," "Unlike standard diuretics that lead to potassium losses that leave you feeling weak, dandelion works gently and naturally to balance your body fluids." Our bodies need a healthy amount of potassium for heart and bone health, and to support our digestive and muscular systems, too.
We are so fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of natural, safe options for keeping our bodies and minds healthy, energetic, and strong. We hardly notice the bright, cheerful dandelion plant, but this plentiful plant is the source of many benefits of dandelion tea, whether steeped into a tasty tea, added to to a tea bath, or applied in a soothing tea compress.
If you've been looking for a new herbal tea to add to your tea routine, why not try dandelion tea? On its own or combined with another tea or two, you may find this beneficial tisane soon becomes one of your favorites.
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