I would consider myself a late adopter.
I have to hear about something new for awhile before I feel ready to dive in.
But, when this comes to new ways to fight inflammation or improve overall health, particularly issues related to autoimmune diseases, this is not really in my benefit.
The sooner I can get on board with another way to feel better and decrease chronic pain – the better, right?
The Health Benefits of Dandelion Root Tea:
That’s why when I started to hear and read about the important health benefits of dandelion root and dandelion tea, I didn’t take my sweet time getting up to speed and watching from the sidelines.
I read up on it, ordered some dandelion root tea on Amazon, and went for it.
After all, when I find out that something as simple and innocuous as dandelions – you know, those flowers typically dismissed as weeds – can have powerful health benefits, including:
- Potent antioxidants
- Reduce cholesterol
- Regulate blood sugar
- Reduce inflammation
- Lower blood pressure
- Help with weight loss
- May help reduce cancer risk
- Boost immunity
- Aid digestion
- Improve skin
- and more (source)
I was on board with ALL of that.
Then, one of my favorite autoimmune doctors, Dr. Amy Myers, sent out a recipe in her email newsletter sharing how she uses dandelion root tea as a base for her salted caramel frappuccino made healthy.
That’s when I thought – this is really a thing.
And I need more dandelion root in my life.
How To Use Dandelion Root: The Easy Way:
You know I’m all about easy swaps for a healthier life.
So, I’m sure you can find directions somewhere on the internet for how to hunt down some dandelions and crush them into a root tincture that you can then muddle into the perfect tea or something.
But, mama ain’t got no time for that.
Let’s get real: if it ain’t fast and easy, I’m probably not going to stick with it for very long.
That’s why I did a little research into what kind of dandelion root we really need to feel any of those benefits and where I can easily buy it.
Turns out, it’s easier than you might think! Oh, and some affiliate links used below, which means I’ll receive a very small commission at no cost to you if you purchase using my link.
1. Dandelion Root Tea:
You can drink your dandelions in a dandelion root tea! In fact, my favorite tea company, Herbal Medicinals, has a dandelion root tea that I am drinking as I write this.
How’s that for walkin’ the walk 😉
If you haven’t read about the importance of choosing your tea wisely – check out this post on the dangers of tea bags.
The Herbal Medicinals tea bags are made of compostable abaca fiber and their products are recyclable, made with renewable energy, and the 100% organic dandelion root.
2. Loose Dandelion Root:
If you prefer to steep your tea in a reusable tea infuser, you can buy this organic, loose dandelion root and make your own. Just please be careful about sourcing dandelions in nature. You want to be 100% sure they haven’t been sprayed with weed killers or toxic chemicals often used to slow weed growth.
Or, you can make your own tea bags, too.
Here’s one of the highest rated tea infuser, if you’d like to use one of those instead:
Going this route is more work, but you’ll also save money.
Pick your poison.
3. Dandelion Root Supplements:
Some people do not enjoy drinking their herbs. You want to toss back a few capsules and be done with it.
I get you.
Personally, I take so many capsules a day as part of my homeopathic natural remedies to manage my autoimmune diseases an I wrote about the 10 I take every day in this post, so adding more capsules is not for me.
But, this is about you.
And, if you want capsules, I’l give you capsules, baby.
And, here’s another article on the top 10 dandelion root supplements.
What To Expect When Taking Dandelion Root:
So, while we all hope that drinking dandelion root will cause us to wake up in no pain and jumping out of bed like a kid again, I’m not sure that any one thing is going to give that to us.
And, if you research it on your own, you’ll also find some stuff on snopes and elsewhere on whether or not dandelion root can cure cancer or kill cancer cells.
The research on exactly what dandelion root can and cannot do is still in its infancy.
The good news is: it most likely won’t hurt you to take dandelion root and it could possibly even help you.
When people like Dr. Amy Myers start talking about something, I notice. Especially since her work has had a profound impact on my journey for healing.
How I Take My Dandelion Root:
For me, I use dandelion root tea just like I used my nighttime tea in this post.
I warm up some water, steep the tea bag, then remove the tea bag and add a scoop of collagen and a squeeze of raw honey.
I told you I keep it easy.
I find that it has a slightly bitter taste and smell, but the honey hides it perfectly.
Less honey and I start to feel a little heartburn from it, but I have a lot of heartburn anyway, so this isn’t really cause for concern.
Heartburn? Add more honey.
If you’re looking to get more creative with your dandelion root, here are a few more recipes for you that can point you in the right direction:
Recipes That Use Dandelion Root Tea:
- Salted Caramel Frappuccino Healthy – Dr. Amy Myers
- Iced Lime Dandelion Tea Recipe – Wellness Mama
- 16 Dandelion Recipes – The Prairie Homestead
There you go! One of the easiest, most affordable, ways to bolster your health, fight inflammation, and start to feel better.
Have you tried drinking or taking dandelion root? Let us know what that experience was like for you in the comments below!
To our health,