Dandelion – A Backyard Herb with Many Benefits

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Did you know you’ve probably pulled, stomped or sprayed a natural superfood that grows in your backyard? Dandelion is mostly known as a backyard weed, but it has amazing nutrient qualities and health promoting properties.

All the parts of the plant can be used in various ways though the roots and leaves are the most commonly used as herbs. Who knew that this plant with puffy flowers that grant childhood wishes could offer so much benefit?

Dandelion Root and Leaves

Dandelion is a source of a variety of nutrients and the leaves and root contain Vitamins (like A,C, K and B-vitamins) as well as minerals (including magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and choline). The various parts of the plant have a long history of use as an herbal remedy, and every documented population in areas where it grows naturally has used it medicinally.

It also serves as an abundant natural food source, as all parts of the plant can be eaten. The root is often roasted and used in teas or consumed whole. The leaves make a great addition to salads or other dishes requiring greens and the flowers (while still yellow), can be eaten raw, cooked or even made into wine!

Traditional cultures have used dandelion to support digestive and hormone health and it was often consumed to support lactation or to help remedy issues like urinary tract infections.

Benefits of Dandelion

According to the How To Herb Book, this backyard superfood is beneficial in many ways, including:

Liver Support and Detoxification

Dandelion has been used for years by various cultures to support healthy liver function and natural detoxification in the body. Though it hasn’t been well studied, many people with hepatitis turn to it to help support the liver. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that:

In the past, roots and leaves were used to treat liver problems. Native Americans also boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it has been used to treat stomach problems, appendicitis, and breast problems, such as inflammation or lack of milk flow. In Europe, dandelion was used in remedies for fever, boils, eye problems, diabetes, and diarrhea.

Female Health and Hormone Balance

Due to its high levels of various nutrients and potential ability to help support the body’s natural detoxification systems, dandelion is often used by those with hormone imbalance, urinary infection and recurrent mastitis. Though not well studied, there is an abundance of anecdotal evidence from women who have used it to help remedy recurring UTIs or other infections.

Clearer Skin

Due to its natural magnesium and zinc content and its potential ability to support detoxification, dandelion is also know as being good for the skin. It can be used topically in applications like tinctures and poultices and many people also take it in capsule or tea form to help support healthy skin.

Good Source of Nutrients

Dandelion is a great source of many important vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants and nutritive salts, which may help support blood health and increase iron absorption. I personally often add dried leaves to teas for a nutrient boost or use dandelion root in place of coffee.

Blood Sugar Balance

The University of Maryland Medical Center also reports that:

Preliminary animal studies suggest that dandelion may help normalize blood sugar levels and lower total cholesterol and triglycerides while raising HDL (good) cholesterol in diabetic mice. Researchers need to see if dandelion will work in people. A few animal studies also suggest that dandelion might help fight inflammation.

Uses of Dandelion Root and Leaves

Perhaps we wouldn’t be so quick to remove this “backyard weed” if we were more familiar with the myriad of uses it has. The entire dandelion plant can be used and if you have a safe (non-sprayed) source in your yard or community, you can consider harvesting it yourself.

Here are some of the ways to use dandelion:

Coffee Substitute

Dandelion root is tougher and more hardy than the leaf and is often used in decoctions and tinctures for this reason. The powder is often added in coffee substitutes (my favorite is Dandy Blend). The root is considered a natural diuretic and is sometimes used for this purpose.


Dandelion root and leaf are often listed as the ingredients of  teas and poultices for abscesses and sores, especially on the breast and in female health remedies as they can help support lactation and remedy urinary issues.

According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

Chopped dandelion root can be combined with myrrh to make a poultice for boils and abscesses, with honeysuckle flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat boils and abscesses, with skullcap and/or chrysanthemum flowers to make a tea to be drunk to treat sore eyes, or with heal-all to treat hard phlegm in bronchitis. Can also be administered in capsule or extract form for convenience.

Dandelion Tea

The flower can be used to make tea and even to make some types of wine. The leaves and root can also be used in teas, though they have a stronger taste and are often combined with other synergistic herbs for flavor and increased nutrient absorption.

Salads and Greens

The leaves can be consumed fresh on a salad or in recipes as well as substituted for greens like kale and collards in recipes or cooking. The antioxidant rich leaves are the most diuretic part of the plant so while they can be consumed regularly, it is important to maintain hydration too.

Important Notes:

It is important to check with a doctor before taking this or any herb, especially in large amounts or if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Though it is generally considered safe, those allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigold, chamomile, yarrow, daisies, or iodine may not be able to consume it.

Anyone who gathers dandelion from wild sources (like the backyard) should make sure that the area has not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides and that it does not come from an area where pets may have eliminated.

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  2. My favorite way to eat dandelion is is Dandy Blend beverage.  It’s a nice alternative to coffee and I like it with cream.  I knew that it had some diuretic properties, but a lot of the information in your article is new to me.  Thanks for sharing!

  3. My Dad would make a dandelion salad and juice (the leaves and root) it too, when I was a teenager.  The leaves only taste good in the early spring, after that, the leaves are bitter.

  4. Wonderful information, however, from a Mom’s point of view ….the MOST important use of a dandelion:  IT IS THE FIRST FLOWER CHILDREN GIVE THEIR MOM!   A most cherished memory!   Thanks for so much great info.
    Helen Mary

    • Absolutely! My son LOVES to pick them in the backyard and say, ” Put them in your hair, Mama!”

    • Yes! I used to pick until my bouquet looked like a ball above my hand! My mom got lots of them with 8 kids! And I got them from my children! What a precious memory!

  5. I make dandelion root tea in the mornings and put it over ice with fresh lemon juice. During the work day or long drives for work, this is much more thirst-quenching and refreshing than just plain water.

  6. I’ve been wanting to try dandelion, specifically The Dandy Blend that Hannah mentioned but have hesitated. On one of my last check ups I had an ultra sound for my liver (I had cancer in my liver in my 20s) and they noticed that my gallbladder has “sludge” in it. This sounds like an easy way to help move that sludge along! Thanks Wellness Mama!

    • Ask Wellness Mama about milk thistle. That may help you as well

  7. I LOVE dandelion greens! I gather them in by backyard and use them in salads.

  8. When I was little I would get warts all the time on my knees, so I’d use the milky juice in the stems on them. After about three days of applying the sap the warts would be gone. Bonus was the flowers are tasty. 🙂 Just had to be careful not to do that when Dad had gone nuts with the fertilizer/herbicides.

    • Does the sap dry them out?wondering if it would help poison ivy?

      • Liz, jewel weed is the best thing for poison ivy and is almost as easy to find as a dandelion!!!

        • Wow! I did not know this- my boyfriend is soooo allergic to poison ivy! Much better than gasoline (which he claims is the only thing that works well) I will have to try this next time we go to our farm! Thanks!!

      • It does help with poision Ivy and oak. I used to get it so bad when I lived in Ohio. It would help dry it out. I would split the stems and rub the juice all over the infected skin.

    • Claire – I’ve never heard that Dandelion juice would help for warts. Thanks for bringing this up. I’ll have to check it out myself. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I have recently found that dandelion root is contraindicated for use by someone who has an intestinal blockage/bowel obstruction. This is true also for those with gallstones and ulcers. Important info, as we try to balance our health issues naturally without making ignorant decisions that may impact health negatively.

    • Can you explain is it that you should not use it if you have those issues?

    • That’s true. While dandelion is hugely beneficial (I love it) there are contraindications. Diabetics also need to use caution with dandelion root and should only use while monitored closely by a health professional. Always do your own research people! Stay safe while keeping healthy!

  10. I use dandelion leaves in my green smoothies along with kale, parsley and beet tops, rainbow chard or whatever happens to be in season from the garden. Another wonderful post Katie. Thank you!

    • I love dandelion in my green smoothies as well!!

  11. Dandelions promote “clear painful urinary dysfunction”??? Is it safe to eat then, or was this a typo?

    • I’d do your own research to make sure you are comfortable eating it, but they are considered safe to eat…

  12. I recently had some medical issues that stressed the need for a healthier lifestyle . I love all the helpful info found here.

  13. Do you have a recipe for dandelion tea? How much dandelion root, how much water, any other herbs to add for a liver cleanse? Thank you so very much.

  14. I love dandy blend tea but I get such a weird brain fog after drinking it that I had to give it up! Do you think that means I have a sensitivity to an ingredient in it? Or is there a known sedative effect from one of the ingredients?

    • I get brain fog after drinking itx too. I’m pretty sure it’s just a detox effect called the herxheimer reaction.

  15. I learned this receipe in the Middle East where dandelion leaves and stems are part of the normal diet greens. Soak the dandelion leaves and roots for about 5 mins in water that has boiled. Drain the dandelions and repeat this twice more (dandelion is extremely bitter and this removes the bitter taste). Chop the leaves as you would with spinach. Add a little olive oil to a frying pan and saute onions and garlic until golden. Add the chopped dandelion, salt and pepper, and other seasoning you may want to try. Serve on a pita as a vegetarian sandwich.

    • This sounds delicious! I’m going to make it for dinner, see if my kids like it. Thanks for the tip about removing the bitterness.

  16. is it safe to drink Dandelion tea every day?

  17. I make a dandelion salve by infusing dandelion flowers (about 50) in warm olive oil for 2 days and then straining and adding bees wax. Melt together and pour into containers. Extraordinary for chapped hands and the brilliant yellow colour makes me smile.

    • Thank you. I am gonna go pick some right now!

    • approximately how much bees wax ?

  18. Since it helps in releasing bile, will it be harmful in patients having a bout of cholecystits (inflammed gallbladder) and in patients with gallstones? Will this also contract the gall bladder or help in releasing CCK which helps in contracting the gall bladder? Will it stimulate the release of gallstone into the ducts which can cause cholangitis (inflammation in duct) and stasis of bile and forming sludge/pus..which can then cause infection and lead to infection in blood stream(sepsis)? Is this also safe in fatty liver and acute pancreatitis on chronic pancreatitis? If you can, can you please share the mechanism of action and the source where you got this from? I want to be very careful in giving this to someone that has cholecystits or choledocholithiasis(gallstones) along with chronic pancreatitis and fatty liver. Thanks again!

  19. I have terrible, recurrent urinary tract infections, which is what turned me on to Dandelion Root tea. Nine times out of ten that my boyfriend and I are intimate, I get a urinary tract infection which (terribly enough) basically made me dread sex. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic (half of the normal dose of a sulfa antibiotic that is usually prescribed to treat UTIs) which I was supposed to take after sex as a way to prevent the UTI. However, taking an antibiotic so frequently just seems like it wouldn’t be that healthy, especially since I’m already allergic to Penicillin/Amoxicillin, so making ANOTHER antibiotic ineffective doesn’t make sense. So that’s when I started drinking Dandelion Root tea — I’ve definitely noticed a difference, as it makes me go to the bathroom more and makes sure I’m frequently flushing out my urinary tract. To anyone else having this same issue, I suggest you start drinking it!!

    Also, Wellness Mama – any tips on treating recurrent UTIs/even an article would be so greatly appreciated!!!

    • Hi Jordan, I have this same problem! Apparently my husband’s germs and mine just don’t like each other. I started taking cranberry extract capsules (I use Gaia brand) and I haven’t had a UTI since. I wasn’t sure if it was a coincidence but I ran out of the cranberry supplements and immediately got a UTI so it must be working.

      • Try d mannose. My bladder lining has been destroyed by taken to many antibiotics and I haven’t had a problem with my bladder since. It coats the bladder wall. Hope it helps you as so many woman suffer from this problem.

    • Try Colloidal Silver as a natural antibiotic. Just taking it for one day after a night of….should cure the problem

    • Same Problem. I use D-mannose powder and 1 tsp Braggs ACV for a week. Works every time.

    • I had the exact same problem years ago. The solution… wash with soap before and after you’re intimate. Darn you bacteria.

    • make sure you urinate before and after sex also. as soon as possible. it seems to help.

    • I don’t get UTI very often at all, however, when I do, I have found that an uncrushed clove of does the trick! Peal, cut off rough end, then insert into vagina. I generally insert before bed. In a day, two at the most…it’s gone!

    • Corn silk tea is very beneficial for UTI. You would need to get the corn silk off organic corn though. 🙂

    • If you are having reoccurring UTI’s try D-Mannose powder, it works great! Also, please research “IC, bladder inflammation”. It coukd be that you have this chronic condition instead of UTI’s. Avoid sugar and acidic foods for both issues. Best wishes to you!

      • Also, pain after sex can be caused by pelvic floor disorder (muscle issues). A trained Physical Therapist can help you with this, one who is knowledgeable in women’s health issues. But IC causes pain after sex as well.

    • Making sure you have good gut health is crucial to clearing up recurring UTI’s! I was in your situation, and found a great probiotic that has helped me immensely!

    • D-mannose. Total miracle. I’ve struggled with UTIs all my life. Frequent. Especially after sex. This is derived from cranberries, but for me, it works much better than the juice or pills. It’s more concentrated, I believe. You can order it in powder form on Amazon. Take 1tsp after sex, and then maybe 1tsp at bedtime. I think you can take 3x day if you have an infection. But seriously, this was life changing for me. I took the lose dose abx for many, many years. I hate to think of the damage it probably did to my gut.

    • To the numerous women who get UT I’s after intercourse, I’m wondering if your male partner should investigate what bacteria he is passing on to you. It always seems the case that the woman carries all the responsibility for the outcome of sexual relationships, but it takes two to tango! This is purely a personal point of view.

      Ecoli (Escherichia coli) seem to be the most common offenders but are part of a diverse group, some of which are harmless and necessary.

      I’m not an expert, but the commonsense thing for me would be to make sure my partner did not spread bacteria from the rectal area, and I would personally ensure that the area was clean (i.e., no rectal residue).
      Ditto for your partner.

      We have to have frank conversations, free from embarrassment, and that should include talking to one’s GP or, if that is not comfortable, seeking an infectious disease specialist.

      Broad spectrum antibiotics kill off good as well as bad bacteria, and the bad bacteria become resistant, so defeat the object of the exercise. Better to try cranberries first – not cranberry juice with added sugar, but an extract in pill form so you get the full effect in concentrated form. Apparently the chemicals in the cranberry prevent the bacteria from adhering to the cells in the wall of the bladder..

    • Search “MontrealHealthyGirl UTI” on YouTube!

    • I had the same problem. I stopped using lubricated condoms and just used the unlubricated ones. It’s been over a year now and haven’t had a UTI since.

  20. How often (if at all) can you take/ingest dandelion while pregnant or nursing?

    • I would check with a midwife or doc. I took for a time during pregnancy to help my liver, but under the guidance of my doctor and midwife.

  21. Hi! I’m trying to blend my own detox tea, i always see dandelion leaf in most of the ingredients…but I’ve not been so lucky to find it, is there a substitute leaf for dandelion?? I’ve bought lemongrass, Sencha Green Tea, Lotus Leaf, Yerba Mate, Hawthorn Berries, Cassia chips, Nettle Leaf, Burdock Root, Fennel Seed,Gymnema Sylvester, Celery Seed, Organic Goji Berries, Organic Maqui Berries and moringa leaf, all i need is dandelion leaf…I’m not sure if i can leave this one out due to already having so many great herbs to blend, but it seems like dandelion leaf its an important ingredient as well….what would you recommend? ? And are all of these herbs safe to blend in equal parts?? Thanks! I love your post btw! ?

  22. Hw can i treat ashma wit dandelion leaves

    • I always used thyme.

    • Although an excellent cleanser for clearing the body of toxins dandelion isn’t really a treatment for asthma and anyone particularly sensitive to allergies might want to beware the pollen. However there are a number of herbs that you can use to prepare calming teas in addition to the thyme already mentioned including marjoram, chamomile, nettle and lavender.

  23. Hi, I’ve been wanting to try dandelion tea but I’ve read that the leaf and root have different benifets and I need them all. Where can I get a tea that has both the leaf and root or can I put one tea bag of each in the same cup?

    • Traditional Medicinals tea brand has a Organic Dandelion Leaf and Root Tea. They have it at Whole Foods.

      • Thank you so much

    • Thank you for that information, I plan to try that recipe.

  24. I am interested in taking the dandelon but i dont know how to preparr it.is thereajy way out apart from eating it raw.

  25. How to make tea with dandelion roots and leaves>?

    How much quantity for a cup?

    Shall we boil or just put in boiled water?

    Can we prepare it for several days? if yes , then how much days
    Thanks in advance and Best Regards

  26. My Whole Foods doesn’t carry the dried root but did have the extract. The tea recipe I have calls for 1 Tbsp of dried root; any idea how much extract would equal the tbsp of dried?

  27. In the summer we have loads of dandelions in the yard. How do I harvest it? Just pick and wash? So I need to clean it with anything or soak it? If I want to make it into tea, do I dry it upside down?

  28. i would really like to know the effects that dandelion root/leafs would have on cancer. can you please email me the information. I would appreciate any information that you can give me. i especially want to know what if any affect it would have on cervical cancer.

    • Check out Windsor Botanical Therapeutics Inc and the work they are doing. It cam out of an enquiry by a Canadian oncologist after she noticed a number of patients drinking dandelion tea went into remission after refusing further chemo. Compounds in the dandelion encourage apoptosis of the cancer cell without effecting healthy cells – unlike conventional medicines.

  29. I never like to be without dandelion wine which tastes wonderful and makes a lovely winter cordial with a beautiful color and great taste–like drinking summer sun! Right now, I’m drinking an infusion of dandelion, oat straw, and hibiscus to level a labile blood pressure. I have 2 large cups of this each day. In the summer, it’s good cold. I also take 2 teaspoons of good quality cocoa each day, which I blend into the 2 cups of coffee I allow myself each morning. The dandelion is a mild diuretic; the oat straw and hibiscus help strengthen blood vessels. All this is working really well, BUT, people, don’t take chances with your blood pressure. I take and record my BP and weight every day and am monitored by a physician every 4 months. I’ve made several diet tweaks and have increased exercise to take off a few extra pounds. High BP responds to weight loss very well and I’ve had a normal BP for the past 3 months on this regimen, and feel great.

    • Do you have a recipe for dandelion wine you could share?

  30. I have a friend that is living with diabetes and are showing, many of the signs that are reported to be healed by dandelion usages .

    I am bless to be reading all the comment’s on the useages of dondelion .

    Thank you all for teaching and empowering me how to stay health by eating dandelion plant

  31. I heard some where that the milk from the stems on dandelions could help with acne and was wondering how might I get the milk out and does it actually work

  32. Also, dandelions provide a much needed early spring food for the bees when other food is scarce. And we lose up to 90% of our food without bees! Let the beautiful flowers grow!

  33. When I was a little girl I’d go with my grandma to gather polk leaves from the mountainside. We lived in Virginia. We’d pick dandelions from the yard and grandma would wash the leaves really well. She’d cook up some ham or bacon, maybe fry some chicken. Pick some green onions and tomatoes from her garden and add the leaves to the cut up vegetables in the bowl. The hot grease left from the bacon, ham or chicken is what she’d pour over the ingredients and she’d add some vinegar and mix it all up. That was our salad for supper. With a pan of biscuits or cornbread, the ham or bacon, fried chicken and that salad, we had a feast!

    If I wasn’t on blood thinners, I’d plan on picking some of those tender young dandelion greens and fix a salad just like that. But I cannot have dark green veggies because of the Vitamin K that it has. And I love all those dark greens; spinach; beet tops, dark green leaf lettuce, etc. Now I can’t have them. You all enjoy them for me! Thank you for the article as it was very interesting reading. Have a great day everyone.

    • How wonderfuly interresting ,thank you for the sharing

  34. Roasted dandelion root, crushed to a powder, makes a wonderful caffeine free alternative to filter coffee.

  35. After years of seeing dandelion plants as insignificant weeds and paying no attention to them, some articles like yours have popped into my readings. I finally decided giving them a chance. Last week, while walking around with my little daughter, we collected some puffed flowers and planted the seeds in our tiny apartment garden. Let’s see how they turn out!

  36. Dandelion Wine! It’s delicious! Grew up with it in the house and still love the smell and taste. Use the recipe in Euell Gibbions’ book “Stalking the Wild Asparagus”. It is made with the flowers. Brew in spring, drink by Christmas.

    • I was given a bottle of Dandelion Wine many years ago. It was very smooth, and tasted great!
      I am wondering, if you have the recipe, if you wouldn’t mind sharing it with me.


  37. I regularly use all parts in our green smoothies, even dehydrating them for winter use. I cultivate them in my garden and our honey bees visit the flowers. If I feel a need, I will just pick some leaves and munch on them. An herbologist said you crave the bitter and we don’t get enough. That is why we like chocolate and beer, the bitter properties. I will just pick some leaves and munch on them. It “feels” healthier than whole head of lettuce!

  38. I grew up eating sauteed dandelion leaves with garlic and oil. The Italian’s eat these often. Can’t wait for the snow to melt and the dandelions to grow. Planning to harvest all I can from my 5 acres.

  39. I’ve put a turf builder on my lawn, would that affect the dandelions I have?

  40. Great post! About three weeks ago I began drinking 1 cup of dandelion root tea mixed with 1 tablespoon of collagen powder daily to help with mood and hormone balance, with the added benefit of helping to clear breakouts and improve my skin’s texture and elasticity. I’m beginning to see and feel the results already. I also find that dandelion tea supports my digestive health.

  41. Dandelion Fritters are awesome!

    There are a ton of recipes online but you pick the dandelions, remove the stem and green leaves off from the underside of the flower, the key is to use them fresh right after picking – make a batter with flour and either maple syrup or honey to sweeten (I forget all the ingredients), dip the flower heads in the batter and then pan fry them. They are soooooo good. I was skeptical at first but happy I tried them. Highly recommend.

  42. What if you know that the yard has been sprayed with pesticides some time in the past? Is there a time frame when it would ever be safe to use dandelions from that yard again?

    • Yes but how long might depend upon the chemical used. These guidelines are for industrial chemicals http://psep.cce.cornell.edu/Tutorials/core-tutorial/module05/index.aspx. If you are talking about something you purchased from the garden centre and used last spring then it is more than likely already safe. If you are unsure there should be contact details for the company on the packet and they will be able to give you more certain information.

  43. I have one of those food processors with a cooking function, and a healthy soup from dandelion is ridiculously easy: ounce of butter / oil, ounce of flour, about 2 ounces of dandelion (or whatever herbs you have on hand), chop on a high rotation for half a minute. Add 4 cups of water or broth, boil 5 to 10 minutes.

    About 1 minute of work for a soup that tastes a bit bitter (don’t use too much dandelion, and young leaves if you can) and is utterly addictive.

    Can of course be enhanced with meat, nuts, sweet chestnuts, cream cheese… what you like.

  44. Dandelion Infused oil is a wonderful pain reliever. Joint and muscle pain are lessened when a small amout of dandelion oil I s massaged in.

    To make the infused oil: Pick all the dandelion flowers you can stuff into a glass quart canning jar (flower heads only, and when they are fully open). Fill the jar to the top with a light vegetable oil (fractionate coconut oil or safflower oil) as heavier oils take much longer to absorb into the skin. Pour everything into a blender and spin just enough to pull all the dandelion heads apart and shred finely. Pour back into jar, if there is more room add more oil, stir and cover. Stir a couple of times per day for several weeks, oil will take on a greenish cast. At the end of 4 weeks strain through a bit of cheese cloth and pour into dark bottles or jar. Massage into painful areas as often as needed.

    My brother suffers from painful joints in his hands because he does a lot of heavy work with his hands. This oil provides temporary relief (it is not a cure all) and allows him pain free hours to do the things I enjoys.

  45. I have been told that the dandelion flower has natural Vitamin A. The petals are edible and taste slightly sweet. I like to get a few fresh dandelion flowers, rinse them, them pinch the yellow petals and pull them from the flower head. Then I just sprinkle them over my salad. This adds vitamins for my eyes, bright color to the salad and no flavor change at all.

  46. I used to pick them in our back yard in Germany and bring the leaves to the neighbor for their rabbits. I remember my dad telling us not to blow the flower in the yard so they won’t multiply. We call them “Blow Flower”. 🙂

  47. The best way to eat leaves of dandelion is prepare Gujarati Bhajia. make very small peace of leaves mix with gram flow (Chana Lot) mix crushed ginger and salt then fry and serve. it will give very nice test

  48. I just discovered Dandy Blend and am LOVING it! It’s just what I was looking for to replace coffee in my diet, and its health benefits are totally an added bonus. I can’t wait to experiment with adding cacao powder, making cold drinks, and more…thanks for this overview!

  49. Hi
    My dad has panceratic cancer did you think dandelion can helo him?

  50. I have twins teenagers and they have a lot of stomach issues. I think it is their gall bladder and the doctor has put them on antacid medication. I think they are too young to be taking this kind of medicine, Can dandelion tea or leaves help them? and which would be better?

  51. Dear Wellness Mama,

    I’ve been diagnosed with a sluggish gallbladder (HIDA scan). Before opting for a surgery, I am planning to do dietary changes to see if it’ll help in the long run! Would including Dandelion tea and Milk thistle tea help? If I can take them (based on your experience or knowledge, which I trust), should I take the Dandelion root tea or the leaf tea?

  52. It is absolutely ridiculous to apply heat to food and herbs, it destroys the very beneficial properties. Eat raw or juice with green apples or lemon for taste.