With March approaching, I’m starting to think about the possibility of a spring detox and one of my favorite healing roots –dandelion. Dandelion is a fantastic liver cleanser and spring is the perfect season for liver support.
According to Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, dandelion root has bitter, sweet and cooling properties, making it optimal for the pitta dosha.
Although I use various parts of the dandelion for healing, here, I’m focusing on the root which is a good blood purifying herb. The root is also a useful remedy for stomachaches, and in herbal medicine is said to be beneficial for hypoglycemia and high blood pressure.
How can you get these benefits? According to The Way of Herbs, “roasted dandelion root makes a pleasant beverage that can be consumed daily. It combines well with “kukicha” tea, or chicory root.” I take my dandelion root with chicory which gives the beverage a deliciously bitter, coffee-like flavor. I also add cinnamon sticks to my Dandelion Root Coffee, because I love cinnamon and also consider it a “super” spice with extremely healing properties –though that’s a post for another time. Here’s a most delicious way to take healing dandelion root.
4 cups water
2 tablespoons roasted dandelion root
2 tablespoons roasted chicory root
1 cinnamon stick
- Place water, dandelion root, chicory root and cinnamon stick in a pot
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer for 5 minutes
- Pour coffee through a small mesh strainer into cups and serve
I was taught 20 years ago during my Ayurvedic training that it is important when making tea with roots to boil for 2-3 minutes to release their healing properties.
And I cannot forget to mention the synchronistic dandelion incident that took place with my friend Kelly from celiacchicks.com. When I was in New York City in fall 2009 to promote The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, I was feeling a little sloggy and craving my dandelion coffee. At one of the signings (which Kelly so graciously arranged!) I grabbed myself a hot water; Kelly whipped out a bag of dandelion tea (from her purse, no less!) and proffered it upon me. Hence began our discussion of our mutual love affair with the dandelion root.
My fascination with this amazing herb is also chronicled on my other website My Dandelion is a Flower.