Dandelion Root Tea and A Few Reasons I Swear By It
In my personal, possibly unpopular opinion, a transformative life begins with a transformative state of mind. When I began my wellness journey it all started inward for me. It was a shift in my emotional and mental well-being that really sparked a shift in my physical well-being. Because I have committed to being more intentional about clearing my spirit of the things it no longer needs, I automatically started to be more intentional about the foods and drinks I would intake. For instance, excessive caffeine is a no, no for me these days. In prior years, I hadn’t realized how the overconsumption of caffeine and sugar played such a huge role in throwing off my PH Balance. I had to let it go, but with letting it go came a more consistent consumption of healthy, great tasting herbal teas. One of my favorite tea for health is dandelion root tea. Anytime I prepare for prayer at my altar, I do so with a cup of dandelion root tea. I am having a cup now lol. Essentially it's become my go-to for feeling good.
What the hell is a Dandelion? The name dandelion comes from the French word dent-de-lion, meaning “lion’s tooth.” Dandelion plants are from the Asteraceae family and part of the Taraxacum species. They're like tiny flowers that almost appear to be bound together into a flower head. I’ve been so accustomed to drinking my dandelion as tea, for a long time I did not know that the entire plant can be eaten totally raw. Had I known this, I would have eaten them every day growing up to fulfill those tempting urges lol. For centuries dandelion has been consumed whole as food. It has only recently become popular to use the root and leaves for tea. We certainly see why the tea is known for serving as an aid to help regulate parts of the digestive system. It’s said that the root is best when used for liver problems. While the leaf is best used for conditions related to the kidneys. I have my own personal reasons why my love for the tea has grown. I’ve found a few benefits that I’d love to share:
The sap of a dandelion stem is highly alkaline. Alkaline forming plants/foods are naturally high in the exact vitamins and minerals needed for healthy, flawless skin. I drink tons and tons of water on a daily. We are told that water is the way to having great skin, which I am not arguing. I love that I've found another drink that I enjoy that also supports clear, healthy skin. I began to notice a significant change in my skin when I started drinking dandelion root tea. Dandelion is high in antioxidants which help to prevent damage to the cells in your body that are connected to premature aging. It's also really great for those of you who suffer from skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. My skin has a natural glow to it now, which I can confidently say dandelion played a part in. Skin on fleek!
I enjoy my poorly functioning digestive system, said no one ever. Because your dandelion is rich in fiber it makes it an excellent aid in digestion along with intestinal health. Fiber is what is needed to get your food flowing properly through your digestive tract. Dandelion being high in fiber helps to reduce your chances or irritable bowel syndrome. It’s also a great aid in eliminating unhealthy toxins, which also helps support your digestive system. Also great aid in weight loss, liver congestion and purifying those kidneys. Still not sold on dandelion yet?
Immune System Booster
Another major reason for me to continue drinking. A healthy immune system means a healthy life. Because dandelion contains calcium, iron, zinc, potassium and vitamins A, B, and C, it’s perfect for consuming to keep your body in great health. I drink it A LOT when I have a cold or feel a cold coming on. It's known for reducing inflammation in the body, also lowering the risk of contracting illnesses or disease. It’s also said to be a great support in urinary health. Are you one of those people who have a history or urinary tract infections? The herbs in dandelion root tea help to fight off bacteria, which obviously is fighting off your infections. Get into this tea, it's really beneficial to your health.
My favorite brand that makes dandelion root tea is by Traditional Medicinals. Their dandelion roots are sustainably harvested from the wild meadows of Poland. Dug up, separated, washed and dried, the roots are then roasted whole before being cut up to be used in this tea. Such a great quality of tea. Purchase yours HERE.