Dandelion tea is so beneficial for wellness... but have you been wondering about potential dandelion tea side effects and precautions?
When you're getting to know a new tea, it can be incredibly fascinating to discover how it may benefit and support good health and wellness. While the good things a tea can provide are rewarding to know, it's also a good idea to keep abreast of any precautions and potential concerns associated with any teas or herbal tisanes you keep in your tea stash.
Tart, aromatic dandelion tea is so healthful and can provide many benefits for our bodies and minds. If you've been thinking of adding this helping tea to your day, get to know dandelion tea benefits here, and keep reading below to learn more about some potential dandelion tea side effects and precautions...
In general, dandelion tea is considered a safe, gentle choice for most healthy adults, whether it's enjoyed as a beverage or for its topical benefits. All the same, while herbs and herbal teas are natural, effective helpers, they also have active ingredients that may not be the best choice for each of us.
As with any new tea, introduce dandelion tea to your diet gradually. Since dandelion tea has been known to cause diarrhea, heartburn, or an upset stomach occasionally for some people, you may want to try it in the evening or on the weekend first (rather than on a workday), if this tea is new to you.
Use dandelion tea in moderation and, if you're considering adding significant amounts of this herbal tea to your diet for any reason, ask your herbalist or another healthcare professional about best amounts for you.
Dandelions are a member of the Asteraceae / Compositae family, so, if you're allergic to another plant in this large, flowering-plant family (such as chamomile, ragweed, calendula, Echinacea, chrysanthemum, yarrow, sunflower, or feverfew), you could potentially have an allergy to dandelions, as well.
If you think you may have a dandelion allergy, please use with caution (either consumed as a tea or food, or used topically), and watch for typical signs of allergy (such as watery eyes, runny nose, a rash, or itchy skin). If you do have a reaction to dandelion tea, stop consuming or using it. You could also ask your natural healthcare practitioner about testing you for a dandelion allergy.
Please have a chat with your trusted healthcare provider about dandelion tea if you are being treated for any condition or taking any herbal remedies or medications (such as diuretics or diabetes, gallbladder, or blood-thinning medication), as dandelion may impact the efficacy of these medications. Remember, too, that dandelion tea does have diuretic properties (meaning it encourages more frequent urination), and so it may cause medications or other herbal remedies to leave your system more quickly.
Around the world, we love our herbal teas. Chockfull of benefits, these tasty, healthful beverages support wellness and enhance our lives in so many ways. As you expand your tea cupboard and grow to appreciate more herbal tisanes, be sure to read up on any precautions for new teas, too, to ensure you're making the best choices for you and your household. And why not ask your herbal practitioner about potential dandelion tea side effects and precautions for you?
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