Everyone recognizes the sunny, spiky dandelion, and many consumers have sampled the drink made from dandelion root, which serves as a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Dandelion also has a healthful history going back centuries. Both the root and the above-ground plant are prized for health.
Potential Health Benefits
Dandelion is used to increase the flow of bile, aiding in the digestion of fats. It's also used as a diuretic, to restore appetite, and to calm an upset stomach.
Ingredients include the bitter principles lactucopicrin (taraxacin), triterpenoids, and phytosterol. Dandelion leaves contain potassium, a mineral often lost when other diuretics are used. Dandelion's diuretic properties have been confirmed in animal studies, although it hasn't been extensively tested in controlled human studies.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea).
Iced tea brewing method (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water].
Do not use Dandelion if you have an obstruction of the bowels or the bile duct. Check with your doctor before using Dandelion if you have any type of gallbladder problem.
Chances of any sort of allergic reaction are remote, but Dandelion has been known to cause heartburn.
Slight chance of heartburn. If you pick dandelions, try to make sure they come from a place that hasn't been sprayed with chemicals. There are no known drug interactions. Commission E warns that dandelion shouldn't be used by persons with obstructed bile ducts and cautions that those with gallstones should consult a physician before using it.
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