Dandelion-root tea

Roasted dandelion root

Roasted dandelion root

By Cat, November 2016 (photo, right, form Wikimedia Commons)

I take a dandelion root tincture daily, to support my liver which as been compromised over the years, primarily from an undiagnosed parasite infection in my small intestine, but also from over-consumption of sugar when I was in my 20s.

The idea of getting the same medicine as a creamy herbal tea once in awhile is very appealing, plus it promises to be be tasty.

Dandelion root benefits

The following list is from Dr. Axe; see his webpage for more detail (2).

  • Protects bones (high calcium content in the roots)
  • High in vitamin K
  • High in vitamin A (as beta-carotene)
  • Cleanses (and supports) the liver
  • Fights diabetes
  • High in antioxidants
  • Rich in fiber
  • Serves as diuretic
  • Prevents urinary tract infections

Roasting dried dandelion roots

You can always use commercial bulk dandelion root tea, but I buy my dried roots at Swan Valley Herbs, a local herb shop in my home town, then roast them. These interactions are from Learning Herbs (1).

  1. Place finely chopped roots in cast iron pan over medium-high heat (or in a preheated 350F oven). Keep an eye on them and stir them frequently.
  2. You’ll know they are done when they have turned a darker shade of brown and have a rich aromatic smell. Avoid burning them.
  3. Store them in a dark, airtight container for up to a year.

Traditional dandelion-root tea

Combine in a small saucepan:

  • 2 Tbsp finely cut, dried and roasted dandelion roots
  • 2 cups (16 oz) filtered water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes (you will evaporate roughly half the liquid).
  • Remove from heat and strain.
  • I recommend composting the roots.

Creamy dandelion-root tea

This simple recipe is copyright © 2016 by LearningHerbs (1). Be sure to use butter made from Organically raised, grass/pasture-fed cows.

  1. Make tea as above.
  2. After straining, place tea in blender with 1 Tbsp butter, and blend on high for 10 seconds (“taking any necessary precautions when blending a hot liquid – such as partially removing the lid to allow for steam to escape”).
  3. Pour frothy mix into a cup and enjoy!


  1. Learning Herbs (as copyright 2016): learningherbs.com/newsletter/dandelion-root
  2. Dr Axe on dandelion root: draxe.com/dandelion-tea

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