Healers have known for centuries what many are coming to believe today about dandelions.
While many find dandelions to be a nuisance, healers have known for centuries the health benefits of dandelions. Because it’s Spring and dandelions are plentiful less the chemicals many put on their lawns, I thought I share some great things about dandelions as well as some tea ideas.
- The roots are wonderful as a liver cleanser, but we’re not talking about the roots today.
Dandelion Tea-Yummy Hot or Cold
- Pick dandelion leaves from the base of the leaf. Make sure to find a place where there is little to no vehicles usage; plants do take in the CO (Carbon Monoxide) vehicles put out.
- You can choose to use the flowers as well, with or without the leaves.
- You can use them fresh or dry them. If I want to save some for later, I either stick them in the dehydrator or just leave them out. It’s dry enough in Utah that within a couple of hours they are ready to place in an air tight container. Make sure they are completely dry or they will mold.
- If I’m using fresh greens, I put a handful in a mug (after cleaning and chopping them), pour in some hot water and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Drink hot or cold.
- If using dried leaves, I use a tablespoon or so and follow the same procedure.
- Most of the time, I drink it as it is. Sometimes I add a bit of honey and lemon.
- Don’t let it steep too long. It will be bitter.
- I also use dandelion leaves in salads, soups, smoothies and any other place I use greens. You may want to blanch them in boiling water for 10 seconds before adding them to a salad to get rid of the strong bitter flavor especially if the leaves are bigger and older.
Please share any exciting recipes or benefits that I missed!!