Enjoy dandelion herbal tea to stay healthy during flu season, ease the pain and swelling of arthritis, and to help lose those few extra pounds... as well as the many, many other health and wellness benefits this caffeine-free herbal tea can provide!
Fragrant, tart dandelion tea is a favorite around the world, thanks to its long, proven history as a soothing, cooling, healing tea.
While its sharp, almost bitter 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!
You'll find more dandelion herbal tea benefits here (if you'd like to read about dandelion tea benefits from the beginning, our Benefits of Dandelion Tea pages begin here).
Keeping some dandelion tea on hand and drinking it regularly is a natural, effective way to help your body stay healthy during flu season.
Dandelion tea has strong antiviral properties, and research has shown it to be a successful way to help in staving off influenza virus infections - and, it doesn't lose its effectiveness when a flu virus mutates.
If you already have the flu, dandelion tea may help you feel better more quickly, too.
Those potent antioxidants in dandelion herbal tea can boost your immune system, as well, providing even more protection against seasonal viruses.
For those of us suffering from the aches, pains, and swelling of rheumatism or arthritis, that cheerful, unpretentious little flower in your backyard may help.
Dandelion tea has anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic properties, which means that regularly drinking this tea - hot, cool, or iced - may help to relieve the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis).
And, don't forget about dandelion tea's topical benefits - soaking in a comforting dandelion tea bath or applying a healing dandelion tea compress may relieve that joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, too.
For moms-to-be and nursing moms, it's important to chat with your herbalist or naturopathic doctor (or another healthcare 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 herbal 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."
Dandelion tea is considered a 'galactagogue,' as well, which means it may encourage lactation after baby has arrived.
Your herbalist or naturopathic doctor can help you decide how much dandelion tea is good for the children in your household, too. Keep in mind that dandelion tea does have a tart (almost bitter) taste, so your 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).
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And, dandelion tea does stimulate more frequent urination, so it may not be the most convenient choice during potty training time or if your youngster is a bed wetter.
Dandelion tea has many more benefits for physical and mental health and wellness... you can keep reading here to learn more about this wonderfully beneficial herbal tea.
In many parts of the world, we've lost touch with traditional, alternative ways to help and heal our bodies and minds. If you're longing for a return to a simpler type of life and more natural ways to support and nurture your own and your family's health, 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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