Making Flavorful, Nutritious Dandelion Root Tea 

It's so very simple and rewarding to make wonderfully fragrant, tasty dandelion root tea from dandelion roots you've harvested yourself.

There are many delicious teas available for purchase online and in local markets, groceries, and specialty tea shops - but sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than making your own tea from plants you've harvested yourself.

A great way to venture into the world of making herbal teas from scratch is with dandelions - they are so plentiful, beneficial, and flavorful. And, you don't even need to have your own indoor or outdoor herb garden, because dandelions can be found almost everywhere and don't need extra attention from us to flourish.

Dandelion Root Tea Recipes

Dandelion tea can be made from the plant's leaves, flowers, or roots, or any combination of these (you'll find a basic recipe for Dandelion Leaf Tea here). Beneficial dandelion root tea has a deep, rich flavor and is often used as a caffeine-free substitute for coffee. 

Once you've tried making this somewhat bitter herbal tea from scratch and enjoyed its many health and wellness benefits, it's sure to become one of your regulars.

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Make Dandelion Root Tea with Fresh Dandelion Root

Ready to enjoy some fresh dandelion root tea? First, dig a few dandelion roots (a dandelion fork or a garden spade will make the task easier, and waiting until after a rain or after you've watered the lawn makes digging dandelion roots easier, too). 

Give the roots a very thorough wash (you may want to give them a good rinse with the garden hose before bringing them indoors to wash again in the sink). A vegetable brush is a very effective dandelion root cleaner. Some people prefer to peel the roots, just to make sure there's no remaining soil.

Then, chop the root into small (1/4" - 1/2") pieces (a food processor makes quick work of chopping), and add them to a pot. 

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Cover with fresh, clean water, and bring your tea to a boil. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, strain, and enjoy! You may find that a bit of sweetener (like honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar) or citrus (lemon or orange) will make this dandelion root tea recipe even tastier.

Roast Dandelion Roots for an even Richer, More Flavorful Tea

Roasted dandelion roots have a more robust flavor than fresh roots, and make a lovely, aromatic tea. To roast dandelion roots, simply spread the washed, chopped roots evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet, and let them roast in a very slow oven (around 200F) for 2 to 3 hours, until they've turned a nice dark brown color - almost coffee colored.

If you'd like, leave the oven door open to let moisture escape and speed up the drying process. And, give the pan a shake or the roots a stir every so often while they're roasting. Your kitchen will smell absolutely wonderful while the roots roast!

A food dehydrator is also a wonderful option for drying dandelion roots for tea.

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With roasted dandelion roots, a decoction makes a richly colored, delightful tea (just simmer 1 to 2 tablespoons roasted roots in 1 1/2 to 2 cups water for 10 to 20 minutes). Or, you can infuse the dried roots - cover and steep 1 tablespoon of roasted roots in 8 oz. (about 250 ml) just-boiled water for 10 to 15 minutes. (Keep in mind that longer steeping times may increase the tea's bitterness.)

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If you've roasted a nice large batch of dandelion roots, store the extra roots in an air-tight container in a cool, dry spot.

Remember to add a label with the contents and date, and be sure to use within a year's time. 

Once cooled, the roasted roots can also be coarsely ground in a small food processor or a coffee or spice grinder, and then infused using a tea ball or brewed in a French press, just like making coffee. 

Dandelion root tea is very tasty served with a bit of honey, a cinnamon stick, maple syrup, citrus, or even your favorite milk and sugar (just as you would with your regular coffee).

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As with any herbal tea recipe, the quantities, proportions, and steeping times given in these dandelion root tea recipes are just general guidelines, so don't be afraid to experiment with different amounts and brewing times until your cup of tea tastes just right to you. We're more apt to include beneficial teas in our diets if we enjoy the taste!

And dandelion tea (like many other teas) isn't only a delicious beverage - it can provide topical benefits for us, too. Why not treat yourself to a healing, refreshing dandelion tea bath?

Please remember, not every herbal tea is the best choice for everyone. Check with your natural healthcare practitioner about dandelion tea for you and your household before making it a regular part of your day. And, you can learn more about potential Dandelion Tea Risks and Side Effects here.

Making herbal teas... Infusion or Decoction?

Herbal teas can be made either by infusing the tea (steeping the tea in hot water) or by making a decoction (simmering the tea in boiling water on the stovetop).

Infusions are better when you're making herbal tea with leaves, flowers, seeds, or berries (the 'softer' parts of the plant), while decoctions are typically used for the woodier or tougher parts of the plant, like roots and bark. This will ensure you have the most flavorful, healthful, and beneficial tea.

For herbal teas made with the entire plant (like the whole dandelion - leaves, flowers, and roots), first simmer (decoct) the roots. Then, remove the pot from the stove, pop in the leaves and flowers, give it a stir, cover, and let your wonderful tea steep for another 5 to 10 minutes. Yum!

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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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