Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
Dandelions, or Taraxacum officinale, are a blooming plant found in Europe, Asia, and North America. Traditional uses include anything from improving digestion to treating the liver. To relieve pain, some Native American tribes chewed the dandelion root, while others boiled the leaves and used them topically to soothe sore throats.
This plant contains potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and choline, as well as vitamins and antioxidants including silymarin, silibinin, curcumin, berberine, and resveratrol.
You can help prevent tooth decay, muscular stress, and high blood pressure caused by calcium deficiency by drinking dandelion tea. Dandelion is also a good source of Vitamin K, which helps to avoid deficiency, aids with menstrual bleeding due to its blood-clotting properties, and reduces the incidence of prostate, colon, stomach, nasal, and oral cancers as a natural cancer treatment.
Dandelion tea and juice aid diabetic patients by boosting pancreatic insulin synthesis and lowering blood sugar levels. Dandelion tea aids in the natural treatment of diabetes by assisting in the removal of excess sugar from the body — and as a diuretic, it also aids in the treatment of bacterial infections in the digestive system and reproductive organs.
Because the sap from a dandelion stem is very alkaline and has germicidal, insecticidal, and fungicidal characteristics, it can be used to treat eczema, ringworm, psoriasis, and other skin problems.
With only a mug of dandelion tea, you may combat premature aging, respiratory infections, visual impairment, and especially for pregnant women during the third trimester, with just one cup of dandelion leaves.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!