10 Dandelion Root Health Benefits

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10 Dandelion Root Health Benefits

The dandelion Root is a very economical herb considering that it is a weed that most of us dig and get rid of! I have been eating dandelions for years.

Dandelion is a great spring tonic for our bodies; it helps the transition from winter to the warmer season, by nourishing and balancing the blood so it will flow better and keep us cooler in the summer season.

10 Health Benefits of Dandelion Root

  1. Widely recognized as a liver tonic as it nourishes the liver.
  2. Because of its high iron and zinc content, dandelion root is often used as a treatment for anemia.
  3. Has mild laxative properties and is often used to help maintain regularity.
  4. Recognized as a great blood builder and for the liver.
  5. Aids skin problems as well as detoxify poisons and toxic waste in the body.
  6. It is also a mild appetite stimulant; tea made from root and leaves can help relieve digestive problems.
  7. Dandelion root functions as a mild diuretic. Because potassium is often lost when using a diuretic, dandelion root is often a better choice for a diuretic than synthetic formulas.
  8. Lowers cholesterol according to some studies. Early results of at least one study show that dandelion root supplements may affect the cholesterol profile in diabetic mice positively by lowering LDL and triglycerides while increasing HDL.
  9. Its positive effects on the liver and digestion, may help the effectiveness of other vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
  10. “Dandelion acts as a tonic to the system. It destroys acid in the blood. As it contains organic sodium, it is very good for the deficiency of nutritive salts, and is recognized as a great blood builder and purifier.“ from the book Herbally Yours

Dandelion root Nutrition

  • Filled with vitamins A, C, D and B complex.
  • Minerals are abundant too such as zinc, iron and potassium.
  • It is very high in calcium and other nutrients.


dandelion root coffee

Dandelion Root Coffee

How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee   click here  Dandelion Coffee

Also, the dandelion leaves and flowers are so good for us. Celebrate your Dandelions this year! Eat them.

Other Recipes with Dandelion

Dandelion Flower Pancakes: No milk or eggs, but lots of health and good taste.

Dandelion Flower Syrup: You can taste the unique sweetness from the yellow petals. (Read more about the health benefits of the flowers here.)

Dandelion Flower Cordial: The word cordial sounds tasty, and it’s very appropriate in this case!

Dandelion Tea: Made with the leaves — this is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to use a dandelion.

Dandelion Smoothie: After almost passing out from a dandelion smoothie, Randy gives some practical tips to keep your dandelion smoothie palatable.

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:36+00:00 June 4th, 2012|Health Tips, Nutrition, Wild Food|16 Comments

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  1. Grace December 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

    How much is it recommended to drink per day/per week?

  2. Diana Herrington December 20, 2012 at 12:00 am

    There is no specific reccomendation. Although I take it in a concentrated capsule mostly in the spring for spring cleaning and I am tested for the correct amount for me.

  3. paris linder February 12, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Where can I buy dandelion root. Is there a website?

  4. amy March 24, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    you can get it at iherb.com and if you’ve never ordered there before, you get $10 off your first order (coupon code AGU725). I am also checking out the Dandelion root there as well as Burdock root.. 🙂

  5. Collet August 10, 2013 at 10:17 am

    There is a hug variety to choose from which do you recommend, and can a person like myself living with Chronic Kidney Disease take this or do you know of any other herbal remedies to help protect my kidneys as I am at 28% function

  6. Diana Herrington August 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I am not sure what to say about dandelion root and Chronic Kidney Disease. Best to get dome testing done. I could recommend my favourite dandelion root but would like to see testing done first. Let me know if this is something you are interested in.

  7. synaptol December 1, 2013 at 2:11 am

    I like it when people come together and share thoughts.
    Great website, continue the good work!

  8. zephyra December 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Hi! I recently started taking dandelion root extract by “Nature’s Way”. Can I receive the same benefits of taking an extract supplement form vs the tea?

  9. Lorrie April 16, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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  10. lura June 16, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I seen this on the shelf thought I would try it my stomach was feeling funny like I was getting sick well that’s wasn’t the case it was the tea I suffer from constipation
    all the time now I no it works. The ding weed does something great. 🙂

  11. Richard June 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Do you take it with food or without if you have lung cancer?

  12. Scott January 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I consume and enjoy Dandelion by making straight plain Dandelion ‘coffee’, wherein I roast the pre-toasted dandelion root granules/kibbles which I buy at the local health food co-op. I roast them till they smell good, which is typically at 350F for 10 minutes,….. not the other recommendations like 200F for 30 minutes,…. naw, I want it roasted and I want it to smell roasted,.. just like I roast chicken or in-shell pumpkin seeds(though lightly with pumpkin seeds, not to browning, … and so I’ll start them at 450F till they start popping, then reduce to 280 to 250F to finish),… might take 10 minutes.
    And then after roasting the dandelion granules to a nice toasty scent, enough for a bit of bitterness but not too much,… then, in cowboy style, I put about a tablespoon or less per cup of water, boil it all together, then let it settle for a few minutes,.. then strain out the liquid, then drink it, straight,….. and I swear, it’s powerful good n grounding,…. mineral rich it seems.
    Damn good! Whereas Coffea coffee is a drug,…. dandelion coffee is wholesome.

  13. Kim February 23, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    As a child, I would gather the dandelions from my grandma’s yard in a big bowl. She would crisp them on the stove with butter and a little salt. They were delicious..better than popcorn! The thought of them makes me feel nostalgic…

  14. Nina Lewis April 4, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Diane Herrington, where would a person go to get tested to see how much to take? I am just getting started and want to do this right.

  15. Brandon May 16, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I’ve been digging roots and making tea from my small farm for almost a year now. My friends and family think I’m crazy, but I swear by them. I started This because of the cancer fighting properties of the root, and have learned to love and enjoy the whole process. I dig up as many roots as I can from the older plants around my yard for 1-2 hours a weeks. I then cut them into tiny pieces and roast at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until it smells delicious. Grind it up. I then mostly use a coffee pot and make 4-6 cups at a time. Or bag it in tea bags (much more time consuming).
    Never felt healthier.

  16. Rosi June 1, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Is it better to take it as a tea or pill

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