More Benefits of Dandelion Tea

You'll love the benefits of dandelion tea for healthy digestion, detoxification, immune system support, skin wellness, and so much more. 

Aromatic, tart dandelion tea is a favorite around the world, thanks to its long and proven history as a soothing, cooling, healthful tea. While its sharp taste may take a bit of getting used to for some, this tea - on its own or blended with another, sweeter tea (like hibiscus, cinnamon, or Rooibos) - is sure to become one of your favorites once you've experienced how well it helps you feel. 

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Here are more dandelion tea benefits (if you missed the beginning of our Benefits of Dandelion Tea section, you'll find it here). 

Benefits of dandelion tea for skin wellness and beauty

Dandelion tea - both as a beverage and used topically - may aid in keeping your skin looking and feeling great. 

Dandelion tea is simple and rewarding to make from scratch! Visit our Dandelion Tea Recipes section for tips and recipes for making hot and iced dandelion tea, as well as guidelines for roasting your own dandelion roots for tea. 

Sip some dandelion tea to benefit from its high levels of antioxidants (antioxidants promote skin vitality, firmness, and smoothness). The many vitamins and minerals in dandelion tea also encourage a clear, healthy complexion, and dandelion tea's ability to cleanse and support the liver can also help to keep skin clear and blemish-free. 

Dandelion tea's anti-inflammatory properties may also bring relief to inflamed, irritated, dry, or itchy skin, whether you enjoy this tea as a hot or cold beverage, or use it topically in a soothing tea compress, added to your bath, or as a natural facial toner. (You'll find a lovely Dandelion Facial Serum recipe here.) 

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More benefits of dandelion tea for skin... Research has found that this powerful herb may aid in protecting skin from damage caused by UVB rays, too. 

And, of course, one of the most important ways we can encourage healthy, beautiful skin is by keeping our bodies well hydrated. Tea - including caffeine-free, nourishing herbal teas, like dandelion - is just as effective as water at keeping the body hydrated, and you'll enjoy all of the additional tea benefits for wellness, too. 

Sip some dandelion tea to help with weight management

If you're aiming to reach or stay at your healthy weight, dandelion tea may be a good choice to include in your overall weight management plan. 

Not only can dandelion tea's antioxidants boost metabolism, but a diet rich in antioxidants can indirectly help with weight management, too... Antioxidants support the immune system and provide protection from chronic disease - and a strong, nourished, healthy body is more apt to lose weight quickly and easily.  

Dandelion tea is a natural, healthy diuretic, too. Yes, water and other beneficial fluids (like tea) are so essential for wellness, but retaining extra water can be discouraging and easily derail the best-laid diet plans. Enjoying some hot or iced dandelion tea can help to expel excess water (through urination) and keep temporary bloating at bay while you're working diligently to maintain or reach your healthy weight. 

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A digestive system that is working smoothly and efficiently can support weight-loss goals, too, and dandelion leaf tea is well-known for promoting healthy digestion. And, of course, planning meals and snacks consisting of flavorful, aromatic foods and beverages (like dandelion tea) makes it easier to stick with a nourishing meal plan (and avoid unhealthy food choices). 

What about benefits of dandelion tea for moms and tots?

For moms-to-be and nursing moms, it's important to chat with your primary care provider about which teas are safe and beneficial for you and your little one.

Rich in vitamins and minerals, a safe and gentle diuretic, and an effective remedy for constipation, dandelion leaf tea is generally considered a beneficial tea during pregnancy. Bellybelly.com.au has some very helpful information about teas to drink and teas to avoid during pregnancy - they've included dandelion leaf tea on "The Safe Tea List," and say that "this tea is wonderful support in late pregnancy if fluid retention is an issue."

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Your herbalist or naturopathic doctor can help you decide if dandelion tea is a good choice for the young children in your household, too. Note that dandelion tea does have a tart (almost bitter) taste, so kids may not appreciate the taste unless it's combined with another herbal tea (the younger members in your family may prefer a naturally sweeter, fruitier tea, like Rooibos tea). 

Trying to quit coffee? Dandelion tea is a tasty alternative

Here is another of the many benefits of dandelion tea... If you're trying to cut back on your caffeine intake or considering giving up coffee altogether, substituting some richly flavored dandelion tea for a cup or two of your daily coffee may help to ease you into the change. Dandelion root tea is a well-known coffee substitute, and you may find it provides just the support you need to reduce or eliminate coffee from your diet. Rosemary Gladstar's book, "Medicinal Herbs,"  has a couple of absolutely delicious recipes to get you started:  "Roasted Dandelion and Chicory Tea" and "Dandelion Mocha."

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If you're looking for more natural ways to encourage and nurture your own and your family's wellness, keeping a well-stocked tea cupboard is a simple way to start. Easy to make, delicious, and healthful, teas can be incorporated into your day so easily (and children tend to love them, too). 

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