benefits of dandelion root

The Benefits of Dandelion Root

The Benefits of Dandelion Root


Springtime is almost here, so what better time to talk about the humble dandelion, which begins blooming in Spring and (in most climates) continues to bloom until early Fall. While some consider dandelions to be a pesky “weed”, the dandelion plant has many uses. For one, it’s an early food source for bees, since it blooms before many other flowering plants and can tide them over until spring (and the other flowers) is in full gear. But did you know that dandelion is also an important food source for humans? Dandelion originated in Eurasia and was once considered an herb rather than a weed. Almost all of the plant is edible, from its flowers to its leaves and roots. You may be surprised to learn that in addition to being rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron, dandelion is also a source of protein!


The dandelion is versatile, and you can make everything from wine to jelly using different parts of the plant. The greens can be used in salads, and the roots have many medicinal uses, in addition to being used as a coffee substitute. 


We could go on and on about the many uses and benefits of the various parts of the magnificent dandelion, but today we’ll focus on the benefits of dandelion root, which can be dried and brewed into a healing tea. 


What Are the Benefits of Dandelion Root?


Dandelion has been used medicinally to treat everything from liver problems to digestive issues and inflammation. The roots, in particular, are incredibly detoxifying. They can be used to detoxify the liver and gallbladder and support the body’s detoxification processes. While scientific studies have been limited, as is the case with most natural remedies, dandelion root has also been used to help balance hormones. This is likely due to its liver cleansing properties, since liver health is directly related to hormone balance. 


A sluggish liver can cause the following issues, just to name a few:


  • Elevated cholesterol and weight gain
  • Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, and trouble digesting fatty foods
  • Skin allergies such as eczema or psoriasis
  • Blood sugar issues which can cause nausea, dizziness, or low energy
  • Hormonal imbalance, resulting in irregular periods for women, depression, mental confusion, and sleep problems

While conventional medical tests often don’t detect minor liver issues, you may find that you’re struggling with some or all of the symptoms above, even if your bloodwork comes back normal. The good news is, the liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself, with the proper support. One of the ways you can naturally support your liver is by consuming dandelion root. 


Dandelion Root Tea


Brewing a relaxing cup of dandelion root tea is one of the best ways to consume this beneficial plant. Because it has a slightly bitter taste, it helps to stimulate digestion and bile flow, and is helpful to sip before a meal. Consuming dandelion root tea can reduce bloating while providing you with a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, C, and D, iron, potassium and zinc.


Not to mention, it’s more important than ever to help support liver detoxification, since our bodies are exposed to so many toxins daily from air pollution, pesticides from food supply, hormone-disrupting additives to skin care and household products, prescription drugs; the list goes on. We can’t live in fear, but we can support our body’s natural processes as they become more overloaded with a higher level of undesirable toxins than past generations may have been exposed to. Our bodies are designed to naturally detoxify - but when toxins accumulate faster than our body’s can expel them naturally, it’s time to bring in a little extra support. 


Whether you enjoy a tea ritual daily as a form of self care or are looking to use dandelion root to support digestive function or liver detoxification, we recommend enjoying a few cups a day to maximize its benefits. You may want to start with one cup a day to see how your body reacts. Since dandelion root is a natural diuretic, we recommend incorporating it into your routine earlier in the day to avoid enjoying those natural detoxification benefits all night long! You may find that the benefits of dandelion root tea extend to your outward appearance too - as your liver is cleansed from the inside out and your increased digestion allows your body to absorb more nutrients, you’ll likely notice that your skin looks healthier as well. 


The longer your dandelion root tea is steeped, the more potent its benefits. We recommend steeping your organically grown dandelion root tea in hot water for about 10 minutes before enjoying it. 


 

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