If you are shocked to hear that the weed growing in your background is eligible for consumption, then prepare yourself because the world of tea is even more thrilling. Don’t be annoyed by the yellow flower growing on your lawn yet; you might not know what that one is capable of! The pretty and still yellow petals are actually a wonderful delicacy.
Dandelion is a flowering plant often described as a weed because it grows unwontedly in people’s green space. But little do they know that this cute flora can do more than serving their eyes. It can treat your taste buds and benefit your health. The only thing you need, to appreciate this awesome flowering plant is ‘how to make it’ and we are here to give you the best of it.
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) is considered an Herb by botanists. the tea brewed from this Herb is also called Dandelion coffee because of its resemblance to the taste of the coffee. Therefore, it is often used as a substitute for coffee. Wonderful! Isn’t it? The best part is that not a single part of this plant goes to waste as its leaves, flower, steam and even Roots are used to brew aromatic Tea.
Though Dandelion is an Herb and consumed as Tea, it is important to know what kind of Dandelion Tea you should drink. The Dandelion beaming in your backyard can be unsafe for direct consumption as pesticides and animal excretion can make it poisonous. Also, it is advised to consult your doctor before consuming Dandelion Tea as people with allergies might be at risk.
So, if you can’t brew a cup of sun-kissed Dandelion Tea from your backyard then what must you do to your cravings? Well, you can always buy roasted Dandelion leaf (be sure to get quality ones) or, you can grow them carefully yourself.
Benefits of treating yourself to a cup of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion Herb is studied to be an antiviral as well as antibacterial Herb. A 2014 study by Cell suggests that a test tube study and another human study proved Dandelion to eliminate further growth of Hepatitis B. More studies are being done and researches are being conducted to provide full fledge evidence. And positive effects are expected from this obedient Herb.
Plethora of antioxidant
Dandelion consists of polyphenols and beta-carotene and both of these are antioxidants. There is a natural occurrence of free radicals in the human body. When these free radicals are produced excessively in the body, it can lead to hazardous results. Antioxidant hinders the excessive production of free radicals in your body. It protects body cells from further damage which might lead to aging and certain ailments. Thus, saving you from life-threatening diseases.
For healthy skin
A 2015 study by NCBI suggests that Dandelion is useful against the effect of UV rays on the skin. UV rays are harmful sun rays that, when exposed to bare skin, can lead to skin photo-aging. Dandelion has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help the skin to maintain its health. Since it protects against cell damage, good skin is ensured. Dandelion has been used in ancient Chinese medicine and American medicine to treat various skin diseases. It also prevents the potential threat of Eczema.
For your liver
A good functioning liver ensures a good mood and this Herbal Tea has been used as a liver tonic for ages. Traditional medicine exploits this Herb to the fullest for various health benefits. Dandelion is believed to be a potent Herb for bile function. So if you are suffering from digestive problems, it can help you get at ease. Different parts of the Dandelion plant can serve different purposes. For treating liver ailments, you should consume Dandelion Root Tea.
A 2008 PMC research claims that Dandelion Tea can be used as a natural anti-obesity Herb like Orlistat (an anti-obesity drug). It has an almost similar effect as the drug with some plus points. Orlistat has some side effects on the body while Dandelion has no such claims if consulted with a doctor and you are referred fit to drink this Herbal Tea.
May prevent the growth of cancer cells
Studies and literature research has been conducted on the positive effects of Dandelion on cancer cells. It was observed throughout the research that Dandelion can help prevent further growth of cancer cells in the body without damaging the important and good cells. It can decrease the graph of liver cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer. A 2010 NCBI report says that Dandelion Root may help achieve the cause and slow down the cancer cell growth.
How to make Dandelion Tea?
Recipe for Dandelion Tea
Since Dandelion is said to be used for fighting cancer cells, Dandelion Root Tea should be your choice for the cause and to support health. Here’s how you can make a delicious cup of this goodness.
- Pour 8 oz of water into the saucepan. That would be 1 cup.
- Boil it at 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add 2 tablespoon of dried Dandelion Root.
- Let it steep for at least 3 minutes
- Turn off the burner and let the mixture steep for 30 minutes.
- Restrain the mixture in a cup.
- Add honey as per your taste. You can use 1 ½ tablespoon.
How to make Dandelion Flower tea
- Pick 10 Dandelion heads (flower) and discard the leaves attached to it. If you are using packed Dandelion flower, add 2 tablespoons.
- Keep this ingredient in a pitcher.
- Let boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan.
- When the water is hot enough, pour it in the pitcher.
- Let it steep for 20 minutes.
- Restrain the mixture.
- Add 2 tablespoon of honey and stir well.
Voila! Here is your Dandelion Flower tea. You can consume it as an iced tea too. Just let it cool in the refrigerator or add ice cubes.
The bottom line
Dandelion is an awesome Herb and as easily available in your green space as you could ask for. Its antioxidant property makes it suitable for weight loss and skin protector. It is widely consumed for its famous anti-cancer property. This pretty yellow flower has served as a potent and close to hand ingredient for decades in various medicinal fields.
It gives you a wide space for experimenting with its different parts. But be cautious and do thorough research before adding just anything to your beverage. A little caution can help you from accidents. So, what are you waiting for? Add this Herbal Tea to your garden or kitchen shelf.