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How to Make Dandelion Root Tea

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How to Make Dandelion Root Tea
How to Make Dandelion Root Tea

Dandelion root tea works to stimulate appetite and aid digestion, and can be brewed from dried or fresh roots on your stovetop. If you make the herbal tea with fresh dandelion root, you'll likely find no shortage of the weedy plant in your own backyard. You can also use dried dandelion, whether from your own foraged dandelions, or from roots obtained at a health food store. While dandelion root tea is considered safe for most people, it's always best to ask your doctor before using either dried or fresh root as an herbal tea.

Fresh Root

Step 1

Dig up as much of a dandelion plant as you can get with a deep spade or a dandelion fork. The plant's taproot is quite long and twisted, so it can take some effort to unearth the entire plant.

Step 2

Separate the root from the leaves, stems and flowers, and rinse the root vigorously under cool running water. Save the leaves for another use, if desired.

Step 3

Bring 1 quart of water to boil in a saucepan.

Step 4

Chop dandelion root coarsely. Add 2 teaspoons of the chopped root to the saucepan, cover the pan and lower the heat.

Step 5

Simmer the dandelion root in the covered saucepan for about 1 minute.

Step 6

Remove the pan from the heat. Leave the dandelion root to steep in the covered pan for 40 minutes.

Step 7

Set a strainer over a teapot, and pour the infused liquid into the pot. Discard the root pieces.

Dried Root

Step 1

Bring 1 quart of water to boil in a saucepan.

Step 2

Chop 1/2 to 2 teaspoons dried root.

Step 3

Place the root pieces in the saucepan, and leave the water at a boil for 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Set a strainer over a teapot, and pour the infused liquid into the pot. Discard the root pieces.

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