Dandelion Tea Recipes for Beverages and Topical Use

Welcome to our Dandelion Tea Recipes section, where you'll find tips and recipes for making dandelion tea (hot or iced) from loose dandelion tea, teabags, or dandelion leaves or roots you've harvested yourself. And, if you're looking to enjoy dandelion tea's topical benefits, you may also enjoy our recipes for a dandelion tea bath and compress

Dandelion tea is a naturally caffeine-free herbal tea made from any combination of the leaves, flowers, and roots of the dandelion plant. This hardy, colorful little plant (although considered by many to be a bothersome weed) is actually bursting with vitamins and minerals, and provides a host of other wellness benefits, too. 

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While dandelion tea does have a somewhat tart taste, you may be surprised at how quickly you grow to love the flavor - especially once you've experienced how well it helps you feel. Here are some dandelion tea recipes for enjoying this tea to the fullest. 

If you're interested in making dandelion tea using just the roots of the dandelion plant, you'll find a recipe here for Dandelion Root Tea. 

A Simple Recipe for Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea, like other herbal teas, is delicious, healthful, and so quick and easy to make. When you're ready to enjoy some of this beneficial herbal tea, follow these simple steps.

You'll need...

  • 1 heaping teaspoon loose dandelion tea, 1 dandelion teabag, 1 heaping teaspoon dried dandelion leaves, or 2 - 3 heaping teaspoons fresh, thoroughly washed young dandelion leaves (add flowers and washed, chopped dandelion roots, too, if you'd like)
  • 8 oz. (about 250 ml) fresh, clean water, brought just to the boil
  • Optional additions to taste, such as lemon, mint, a cinnamon stick, or some organic sweetener, like honey or maple syrup

To make the tea...

  1. Add the teabag or loose tea to your favorite cup or mug (an infuser cup or mug is so handy if you're using loose leaves).
  2. Cool the just-boiled water for a minute or two (herbal teas are tastiest when steeped in hot, rather than boiling water), and then add to your cup.
  3. Cover your delicious dandelion tea to hold in all of those beneficial properties, and let it steep for 3 to 10 minutes (longer steeping times tend to bring out the fullest benefits of herbal teas, but may make dandelion tea taste more bitter, too, so steep according to your taste buds). 
  4. Then, remove the teabag or loose tea leaves.
  5. Add extras to taste, like sweetener, lemon, or mint, if you wish. (Because dandelion tea has a tart flavor, many people prefer to add some honey or maple syrup or blend this tea with another herbal tea, like chamomile or peppermint.)
  6. Now... enjoy your tea and its many benefits for wellness.

Remember, this dandelion tea recipe is just a guideline - you may find you like your dandelion tea stronger or weaker, so experiment with adjusting the ratio of tea leaves to water and the steeping time until you've created the perfect cup of tea for you.

After enjoying dandelion tea, why not compost those dandelion blossoms, leaves, and roots or that dandelion teabag? So beneficial for the soil and keeps more waste out of our ever-growing landfills, too. 

Dandelion tea recipes increase well, so why not invite a girlfriend or your mom over to share a big pot of healthful dandelion tea and a cozy chat? Simply increase the amounts given above proportionately to suit your favorite teapot, and remember to add an extra teaspoon of loose tea "for the pot."

Making Dandelion Iced Tea

A general rule for making iced tea is to double the amount of loose tea or the number of teabags you would typically use for hot tea. This way, you'll still have a very flavorful, fragrant glass or jug of tea when the beverage is chilled and ice is added. 

| Related:  Iced Tea Tips

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If you'd rather enjoy your dandelion tea iced, simply follow the dandelion tea recipe given above, but use about double the amount of loose tea, teabags, or dandelion leaves. Then, let your tea cool to room temperature, pop it in the fridge, and serve over ice once it's chilled. Or, if you can't wait, pour over ice and drink up right away!

Thinking of serving dandelion iced tea at a tea party or outdoor picnic? Why not chill a few (thoroughly washed) dandelion flowers in ice cubes for a pretty touch in your jug of iced tea?

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Using your own dandelions for dandelion tea recipes

If your lawn is kindly providing you with lots of dandelions, you won't need to turn to store-bought dandelion tea - you can use your own dandelions for tea. Be sure to only use clean dandelions that haven't come into contact with any sort of toxic chemicals (like pesticides or insecticides). Avoid dandelions from areas that may have been visited by pets, too.

You'll also love this dandelion root tea recipe (which uses just the roots of the dandelion plant), and dandelion tea recipes for bath and compress. And, while you're learning about dandelion tea, drop by our Dandelion Tea Side Effects page for some precautions and guidelines for this herbal tea. 

Get some ideas and inspiration for other ways to enjoy dandelions in "The Ultimate Dandelion Cookbook" by Kristina Seleshanko. 

It's amazing that this unassuming little plant is a wonderful gift, filled with so many benefits for physical and mental wellness! Rather than trying to eradicate dandelions from your yard, why not enjoy what they have to offer... a cheerful and colorful face, a healthier yard, and a wonderfully beneficial addition to your diet.

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