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Dandelion Tea (Root and Leaf Mixture)

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Our Dandelion Tea is made from 100% Greek dandelion root and leaf, picked from the wilds of Greece before being carefully dried, chopped and packed. This nutrient-dense plant tea is prized for its weight-loss benefits and protective health effects.

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Dandelion tea is made by brewing the dried leaves and/or root of the dandelion plant. This is a common weed found throughout the United Kingdom, littering gardens from Edinburgh to Exeter, but it’s far from a useless nuisance and is said to contain a wealth of nutrients and to offer a host of health benefits.

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 30 grams (20+ cups)
  • Origin: Greece
  • Harvest: Hand-Picked from the Wild
  • Brew Tips: Use 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup & steep for 5 to 10 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

Read More: The Health Benefits

Dandelion by Shelgo Tea

Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea may not be the cancer-cure that your great aunt’s Facebook spam promised, but it is still a very nutritious plant and could provide a host of other health benefits. As always, we’re not in the business of supporting mumbo jumbo and adding to that Chinese Whispers chain, so let’s look at the actual research-backed claims currently being made about this herbal tea.

1. It May Aid with Weight Loss

Instagram is full of celebrities promoting “weight loss teas,” and if you look at the ingredients of 90% of these teas, you will discover they are nothing but laxatives and diuretics. In other words, they’ll help you quickly expel waste, which in turn will help you drop some grams on the scale and make you think you’ve burned fat.

It’s not a practice that we agree with and, thankfully, authorities seem to be clamping down on it.

Dandelion has been found in many of these teas, as it is a potent natural diuretic, but there could be more to it than that. In fact, these so-called “weight loss teas” may be inadvertently delivering on their promise after all.

There have been very few studies performed concerning its effectiveness as a weight loss herb, but the ones that do exist are promising. One study from Korea (1) found that it could be just as effective as Orlistat and it seems to work in the same way, by stopping the body from breaking down fat and allowing it to pass straight out.

This may also explain why some users report mild diarrhoea when consuming large amounts of dandelion tea.

2. It Could Help Control Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem, especially in the western world, and as pharmaceutical companies desperately clamour for the next effective medication, the answer could be sitting under their noses or rather in their back gardens.

Dandelion tea has been singled out as a possible herbal treatment for type-2 diabetes for many years (2) with these benefits said to derive from components like chicoric acid, chlorogenic acid, and taraxasterol.

3. Dandelion Tea and Cancer

Dandelion tea made the news in 2012 when it was revealed as a potential cure for cancer. These claims were based on genuine studies that showed some genuinely promising results, but as is often the case, the stories quickly got out of hand and, like a game of Chinese Whispers, they soon morphed into something that had nothing to do with the original research.

The initial studies were based on laboratory tests and anecdotal evidence. Researchers discovered that dandelion began to break down melanoma cells within 48 hours (3), and this was further backed by cancer patients who swore by the tea and claimed that it had helped them beat the disease.

This is all that the rumour mill needed to start churning, and before long social media claims stated that dandelion could kill 98% of cancers within 48 hours! We’re not sure where they got those figures, but as mentioned by Snopes (4), it simply isn’t true.

There are many different forms of cancer, and any research involving potential treatments and preventive medicines require a lot of work, not to mention endless lab, animal and human studies. Dandelion is certainly promising as an anti-cancer drug, and in years to come they may find that it can be used to combat certain forms of the disease.

But it’s certainly not as effective as claimed by some sources.

Other Potential Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea

This tea is often praised for its digestive properties. It is said to have much of the same effects of peppermint tea and sideritis tea, which is to say that it can soothe the digestive tract, helping with spasms, pain, indigestion, and more. However, most of the evidence concerning these benefits is anecdotal.

It is also commonly used during detoxes, as it may be able to support liver function. This is much more than just anecdotal because it can increase the production of bile and urine, both of which may help in this regard.

Dandelion tea is also loaded with antioxidants and is said to act as an anti-inflammatory, as well.

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Read More: How to Make it

Benefits of Dandelion Tea

How to Brew Dandelion Tea

You can make your own dandelion tea by processing fresh root and/or leaves, but it’s much easier to buy some that has been grown and prepared for consumption. Our dandelion tea contains a mixture of leaf and root for optimal benefits. It is picked from the wilds of Greece and is all-natural and additive free.

To brew dandelion tea, simply steep between 1 and 2 teaspoons of dried leaf in boiling water for at least 5 minutes before straining and serving hot.

It’s not naturally sweet and fragrant like Rooibos, sideritis, and camomile, so you may need a little honey or sugar, but it’s far from unpleasant. You should not add milk and you should make sure it has cooled down a little before you drink.

Dandelion and Burdock Tea

Dandelion and burdock-flavoured pop has experienced a resurgence in recent years after suffering a slump for many years before that. Believe it or not, the very first dandelion and burdock concoctions have been consumed in Britain for around 1,000 years, and in the Middle Ages it was a type of mead.

Most of the dandelion and burdock soft drinks you see in supermarkets contain synthetic flavourings and copious amounts of sugar, but if you want to experience these plants in a cleaner and less diabetic-inducing form, then simply brew some dandelion and burdock tea.

Burdock, like dandelion, is said to help improve kidney and liver function, increase urination, and even help prevent cancer. These two herbs were seemingly made for each other.

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Read More: Dandelions and the Greeks

Dandelions in Greece

Dandelion isn’t commonly consumed as a tea in Greece. This nation of coffee lovers is big on sideritis tea and other herbal teas, but this one seems to have passed them by.

They do harvest these weeds, but they turn most of them into food—they are the main ingredient in a dish known as Horta. It’s somewhat of an acquired taste and may be too much for the British palette (that’s certainly the case for the English half of Shelgo Tea’s Anglo-Greek directorship) but it’s very healthy.

Also known as “dandelion greens”, this dish is made by boiling dandelions, adding copious amounts of olive oil and lemon, and then eating hot or cold. As the name suggests, dandelion greens are used and this dish is said to offer many of the same benefits of dandelion tea.

No one understands the properties of dandelions better than the Greeks, which is why we source our dandelion tea (found here and in our gift sets) from Greece.

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Read More: Precautions

Side Effects of Dandelion Tea

As with most herbal teas, dandelion tea is very well tolerated and safe. However, you should avoid it if you are pregnant due to the risk of uterine contractions, and if you are allergic to plants in the same family or suffer from a liver/kidney/bladder disorder, then you should consult with your doctor before consuming.

The main side effect of dandelion tea is increased urination. It is a natural diuretic, which basically means it forces your body to expel more urine. This can be dangerous if you are dehydrated, but it’s also one of the reasons many people choose to drink dandelion tea.

Diuretics like this are used by combat sport athletes and bodybuilders to reduce water weight, thus decreasing bodyweight and improving muscular definition.

Dandelion tea may also interfere with certain medications, including the mood stabiliser lithium.

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Additional information

Weight30 g
Used For

Detox, Immune Support, Liver Support, Water Rentention, Weight Loss

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