Believe it or not the dandelion, a common yard and roadside weed, has many great health benefits. Many people eat dandelion greens in spring in order to purify the blood. Dandelion tea is also said to have some great health benefits such as improving liver function, removing gallstones and reducing inflammation in various parts of the body. Dandelion tea also greatly improves bladder function.
Dandelion tea is made as an herbal infusion. An herbal infusion is made from boiling the leaves of the dandelion plant and steeping the concoction so that the healing properties are present in the tea. Dandelion tea is often sweetened to taste as it can be bitter to drink otherwise. Dandelion tea can be consumed over the course of several days as a part of a general health detoxification process.
Below are the steps to make your own dandelion tea at home. Follow these steps to create one or more cups of tea that can help detoxify your system.
1. Spring is the best time to harvest leaves to make dandelion tea, as the flowers will not yet have appeared. Go out in your yard or along a roadside and search for leaves. Be sure to choose roadsides that are not heavily traveled or a yard where no pesticides have been used.
2. Four to six dandelion leaves are a good start to make a single cup of tea. Fresh leaves are best, so only pick as many leaves as you know you will use that day.
3. Wash the dandelion leaves well. Tear or crush the dandelion leaves and place them in the bottom of a mug.
4. Boil enough water to fill the mug. If you want to make more than one cup of tea, simply boil more water and place leaves in more than one cup.
5. Pour the boiling water on top of the crushed leaves in the cup. Let the leaves steep in the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes. This allows their healing oils and properties to escape.
6. After steeping the tea, strain the leaves.
7. If you wish, add something to sweeten the tea such as honey or whatever suits your taste buds.
If you are looking for a way to detoxify your body in the spring after a long winter, drinking dandelion tea may just do the trick. Decide how many cups of tea you want to drink and for how long based on the length of your detoxification process and how many fresh leaves you find. In general, one week of drinking dandelion tea makes an excellent spring tonic. In addition to the tea, be sure that you are also consuming water regularly. Doing so helps to flush your system.