Dandelion Tea Recipe

When life gives you lemons make lemonade. If you lawn gives you dandelions, make dandelion tea! [common dandelion Taraxacum officinale]

PREPARATION
Once you pick the dandelion greens, wash them thoroughly to remove dirt particles.

When clean, store them in a plastic bag which has holes punched for circulation, keeping them cold and humid. Use them as soon as possible, since greens are quite perishable.

Select young, tender leaves for the tastiest dandelion tea.

Individual portion

Pour:
1 cup boiling water
Over:
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves

For a pot of tea

Pour:
1 cup boiling water for each person
Over:
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves for each person
Throw in:
1 teaspoon dried dandelion leaves “for the pot”

Cover and let steep 3 minutes. Stir and let steep another minute.

Serve with your choice of:
(lemon)
(orange)
(mint)
(honey)

Or, buy some Dandelion Tea Bags now

Notes:
Use a non-metal pot, if possible.
Never boil tea.

80 Responses

  1. Annikah Says:

    I’m still unsure of how to actually dry them out…
    I’m worried that if I put them in a bag with holes in it that they will wilt, and not dry out…
    Would it be effective to put them on a tray, and dry them that way? Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks :)

  2. Ruth Says:

    Dear Annikah,

    Thank you for writing! I appreciate your comments.

    Dandelion leaves will store in the refrigerator quite a while, for salad, for tea, for whatever you want to use them. I like to store the leaves so they have a little water.

    I don’t pay much attention to if the storage bag in the refrigerator has holes or not. That the leaves don’t wilt from lack of water seems to be more significant than air circulation when they’re cold. If the leaves stay in a plastic bag that is not kept cold, holes help with air circulation and they will stay fresher for a little while, as long as they don’t get too warm, and as long as they have enough moisture not dry out.

    Now, away from storing the leaves (or the whole plant) and directing attention to making tea:

    You can make the tea with fresh leaves, or like you said, dry the leaves out (on a tray). You don’t want the leaves to wilt, closed up in some bag, whether or not it has holes in it. You are correct to be concerned about that! If you are going to make tea right away with no leftover leaves, you don’t need a bag at all! Dandelion roots also make great tea, especially if you dry, grind, and roast the roots.

    I would love to hear back from you!

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  3. Tina Says:

    Hi, I was recently told how to make dandelion tea, and wanted to share it w/ you and get your thoughts on it. I was told to did up the dandelions roots and all. wash them and put the flowers leaves and roots into a pan w/ 3 cups of water. add a pinch of backing powder and boil for 3 mins. strain through a coffee filter and drink, add sugar or lemmon to taste. You can of course eat the boiled leaves as well. I would love your imput on this. Thanks. Tina

  4. Ruth Says:

    Thanks for writing, Tina, and for sharing your recipe on Dandelion Tea!

    Out of curiosity, how did you get this recipe? It sounds delicious!

    Of course, the first thing I wanted to do was try it! I dug up some magnificent dandelions, blossom to root, leaving a bit of the root to regenerate if it wanted, cleaned the plant, and put it in boiling water.

    Three minutes later I didn’t bother with the coffee filter; the entire plant is edible, and I didn’t need it (any debris goes to the bottom and stays there). Your tea is delicious! I had never tried the pinch of baking soda.

    I just put the cooked plant in the refrigerator to eat it tomorrow, and for now I’m enjoying sipping a delicious cup of dandelion tea, thanks to you!

    Much appreciation, Ruth

  5. George Hirtle Says:

    I have been eating wild dandelion leaves for years and get excited each spring when they come out. I lightly boil them, and pull the leaves out with pincers, put them in a bowl with pats of butter, a bit of salt & pepper and sprinkle with vinegar. What a dish! The broth I save and flavor with pepper and a dash of salt. I microwave a mug and enjoy as a hot beverage.

    In the summer, I boil them, change the water once and boil again because the bitterness increases.

    I use a pitchfork to pull up some entire plants to get the root. The roots I wash, dry and then roast on a pan until they are dark brown inside, then grind and prepare like coffee.

  6. Ruth Says:

    Dear George (I like your name–my brother & my father are named George!),

    Thank you for writing! It is great to hear from you and to read your wonderful comments! I, too, get excited about dandelions, every time I see one–or more! In fact, I like to eat them in some form nearly every day.

    I will go out this afternoon, get some dandelions, and make the dish and the beverage you described. I can hardly wait! Oh, boy! Thank you so very much!

    Sincerely yours,
    Your friend, Ruth

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  8. Kevin Says:

    HI there! Here at the equator, dandelions grow all year ’round, a little stunted, i.e. the flower lies lower to the ground. Was wondering if these are the same dandelions that you use. Will try to get you a picture or two of “our” local dandelions.

    Regards,
    kevin

  9. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Kevin!

    Thanks for writing! Dandelions grow on every continent (except Antarctica), some places long and lanky, other places stunted to survive — I’m looking forward to seeing your picture(s)! Dandelions do adapt in height to their environment (they bloom short in lawns, tall in unkempt areas), and they have a lot of look-alike relatives. I’m eager to see what you have locally!

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  10. Kevin Says:

    The dandelions in question survived a dose of weedkiller named “Roundup” by Monsanto®. Can I use these as root stock for my own batch?

    Regards,
    Kevin

  11. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Kevin! So good to hear from you!

    Thankfully, dandelions can replicate and make many more copies of themselves—and weed killer cannot, also it’s good that the potency of the weed killer toxicity “lifespan” shortens with increasing time.

    So, yes! Grow those dandelions, and let them reproduce to eat the next generations! Some weed killer residue hangs around a long time; to be truly organic, the ground needs to be free of poisons for years:

    After 1 year eat the greens, 3 years is considered transitional; after 7 years (by then the ground is fullly organic) eat the roots. You can eat roots before that, as the weed-killer will become less and less toxic.

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  12. Ruth Says:

    Dear Kevin,

    Thank you for your reply! Great to hear from you! We enjoyed a great long weekend out of town to visit my parents on the occasion of my mother’s 81st birthday yesterday. Hope you had a great weekend, too.

    Parts of plants to eat first that have been exposed to toxins (like weed killer) and yet are generally recognized as being safe (GRAS) are the parts that grow quickly, like dandelion leaves; limit eating the plant’s (concentrated) “warehouse” (starchy roots—storage facilities—and any slow-growing parts) for the full length of time the poisons are potent, as absorbed chemicals are stored along with nutrients and water.

    If you transplant to clean dirt a root that has taken in toxins, you just introduced chemicals into a new place; it’s too bad poisons can’t crawl out or evaporate when they are moved to another environment. What I’d do for my food is to move the plant and take good care of it for it to get established in its new home while I wait out the length of time generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for the toxins, and then I’d harvest.

    From years of experience, I’ve learned that when I cut off only the tender young dandelion growth, all leaves left on that plant will usually die, so now I cut the entire plant below ground. A vigorous dandelion can soon grow back not merely one plant, but perhaps ten times that many, and how wonderful is that!? As for any troublesome pesticide-infested roots, if you remove the “root” of the problem, and leave as little as a fourth of an inch (I like to leave an inch or more) of dandelion taproot to come back in clean ground, this can yield you many new plants, all of them regenerated clean and having fresh, new roots.

    It is always recommended to read thoroughly any directions and warnings on weed killer labels. Manufacturers provide application instructions and the time they consider safe to grow plants in that area again. With weed killers designed to evaporate within 24 to 78 hours, many people plant things, edible or non-edible, in an area sprayed with weed killer after 3 days, or wait a week and then plant. Residual chemicals, left in the soil after the weed killer has evaporated, begin leeching away after one or two good rainfalls or waterings. (Of course, that same ground can be considered contaminated, and not organic, for years.)

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  13. Leah Says:

    I want dandelions to grow in my yard. Does anyone know how to accomplish this? I read in Dog Fancy that they are good for the stomach and liver in dogs also I would love to try the tea. Thanks.

  14. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Leah! Thank you for writing! Wow! Hurray for someone who wants dandelions to grow in their yard!!!!!!!

    I’ve got some very good news for you, Leah: dandelions are indeed good for the stomach in liver in dogs–and people–and, good for your lawn, as well!

    Dandelion, an excellent plant, provides a good quantity of edible leaves if the lawn is cut no more than fortnightly. Of course, I personally would not eat the plants where the dogs have recently been busy with their business…

    Because dandelion roots reach deep in the ground, up to three feet down, they have access to vitamins and minerals not available to plants with more shallow root systems. Dandelions bring up water to the surface along with those nutrients too deep for other lawn plants. As living fertilizer, they enrich the soil by converting nitrogen to nitrates. After the plant dies, earthworms later can travel up and down the hollow root like an elevator, quickly and easily reaching different ground temperatures or soil types.

    How to enjoy dandelion tea and how to get dandelions to grow in your yard, like we do:
    Click the sponsored links on our website: from the tea companies you can order tea; however, they don’t offer dandelion seeds. Click here to order dandelion seeds, or click the dandelion blossom link on our home page! Years ago we placed our first order with Whatcom, and have been very pleased with all their seeds and with their fine company.

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  15. Pek Says:

    Are the benefits of dandelion tea still present if you drink it with milk?

  16. Ruth Says:

    Thank you for writing, Pek! Great question!

    It is indeed well known that some foods most certainly affect other foods when taken in together. Dandelion tea retains its benefits whether or not you drink it with milk.

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  17. Cathy Says:

    Hi Ruth, I saw on another Wikipedia (I think) that Dandelion is often confused with Catsear. If I use what’s growing in my garden, I’m not sure whether it’s really dandelion or catsear.
    please can you advise?
    many thanks,
    Cathy

  18. Ruth Says:

    Hi Cathy!

    Thank you for writing! What a wonderful and great topic, dandelions… including all their relatives! The entirely edible–thank goodness!–catsear does look “KIND OF” like dandelion, somewhat kind-of-maybe-ish similar. Being related, both sport bright yellow blossoms and other similarities one could expect. Yet nothing is just like, or equal to, a genuine dandelion!

    Of dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) and catsear, also known as cat’s ear or false dandelion, some notable differences:

    Notice first off, catsear (Hypochaeris [or, Hypochoeris] radicata) lacks our dandelion’s prestigious Latin “officinale” distinction, that is, official in most pharmacopoeias, carrying a treasured and trusted reputation world-wide.

    Try making a wreath crown of dandelion blossoms and one of catsear blossoms. You will soon see that dandelion blossom stems are wide and hollow, catsear stems not. Dandelion blossoms come one per stalk; catsear stalks fork. Dandelion flower heads are more robust, catsear more sparse.

    Compare the leaves of dandelion and catsear, if you will, by running a leaf of each over your nose or tongue; notice how catsear is rough and hairy.

    Finally, enter “catsear tea” in any search engine and see if you get any results. Well, now that I’ve written that, this website will turn up…

    I loved hearing from you, Cathy!

    Sincerely yours,
    Ruth

  19. Cathy Says:

    Hi Ruth,

    Sorry for the late reply…
    I just want to thank you for your informative response.

    Much appreciated!
    Cathy

  20. Ruth Says:

    You are so very welcome, Cathy! Glad to hear! Write any time! Ruth

  21. David Says:

    Hi Ruth
    I am happy to read your responses. Can I use the flower forn tea and how

  22. David Says:

    Hi Ruth
    I am happy to read your responses. Can I use the flower for tea and how?

  23. Ruth Says:

    Hi, David! Thank you for writing! You can use the flower—and any other part of the plant—for tea. Just follow the recipe for tea, and use whatever part of the plant you want. I especially like to use the intact, entire dandelion. (And I eat the plant after I drink the tea!)

    Another thing I do with blossoms—petals only, no green—is to make “honey”, heating the petals with an equal amount of water to just below a simmer for a half hour or so, strain out the petals if you like, and then heat at a simmer ’til thick like syrup (a lot takes a long time), sweetening to taste.

    Dandelions bloom any time during the year, most prolifically in the spring.

    Ruth

  24. ric Says:

    hi im new to the dandelion life, it is winter now, but this spring, i want to try it!, is there anything i need to worry about as far as pesticides weedkillers that may have been used before i moved into my home last month? much appreciated, Ric

  25. Lisa Says:

    I have a nine year old little boy. Is Dandelion leaf tea good for children?

    If so, can I mix dried Dandelion leaves with other dried herbs for tea for my child? I already have dried chamomile flower, peppermint leaf, nettle leaf and alfalfa leaf. What ratios would you suggest? Thanks so much for any information you can provide.
    Sincerely,
    Lisa

  26. Cyndee Says:

    Quick question…
    you talk about storing the leaves in the fridge so that they stay fresh, however the recipe refers to dried leaves….how much is used to make tea with fresh leaves? Fresh flowers? and roasted root? Say for one cup of tea?

  27. michael Says:

    hello ruth
    i’m 18 and still in high school
    so i read this page and was amazed
    so i made the tea and my parents went bokers lol
    my mom was saying stuff like it “could put you in a coma” i laughed hard and drank it anyway it was sooooooo goooood thanks XD

  28. Michelle Says:

    How much of the dandelion flower and leaves….do u pick…… to how much water u cover them in? How long do u boil them, does it depend on how much of the product u are using?

  29. alison Says:

    dear ruth, what a find your page is! Here in Greece we eat lots of dandelions. My particular favourite way to eat them is as a salad. We clean the leaves and boil them, changing the water twice.(The older the leaves i.e those picked after the plant has flowered have the strongest and best flavour for me). Drain them and let them become cold. Season with salt, sprinkle with lemon juice and drizzle olive oil over them. Delicious!!

  30. Renee Says:

    I bought some dandelion leaves at the “Whole food store” as I don’t trust the ones in our yard.
    I see your recipe and am just tearing leaves from the bunch and puting them in boling water. 2 cups of water to cover the bunch and leting them steep.
    I have no idea if this consistancy will help my IBS illeitis flare up. I made mistake in adding Safflower oil to two weeks of raw salads and have “stired up a real hornets nest” of abdomanal symtoms. Have been miserable for over two months and no Medical help. I got to a Naturapath but they are confused by all my other complecations and want to do more test. UG…so what do you think of my recipe?

  31. Adelina Says:

    I am enthralled to read about dandelions. Have been told for years they were good for me but no one really knew how to prepare them. I have an abundance of them here in my acreage and was considering as a last resort to “rounduup” them but I hate chemicals so decided to boil water in large quantities and burn them out. Now that I have found out how to prepare them (whole plant) I am going to brew tea, eat as a vegetable and dry roots for coffee. I have type 2 diabetes and wonder if this could help my liver. Anybody heard about that??

  32. Cheryfa Says:

    Hi Adelina,

    I’ve just myself been reading about this subject, diabetes and dandelion. Verified from two different herbal madicinal books I have learned that dandelion will not only help to lower blood sugar levels, and of course support the health of your pancreas, it also helps to ease diabetes’ secondary disease processes; high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol!

    Please add not only dandelion to your diet and tea tottling, but try nettle as well, it is even MORE beneficial (if you can imagine that!) for this purpose.

    A mix is even better! (I learned nettle will increase the benefit of other medicinal herbs).

    And thank you Ruth for this fabulous page, I’ll have to check out the entire site now!

  33. Cheryfa Says:

    Hi again Ruth,

    Maybe you can suggest to me a better storage method for my tea bags. I love both of the brands you have here on the top of the page, but just tonight I went into my tea cupboard to make myself a cup of dandelion root tea and found it riddled with holes in every bag, and a mound of dead spice bugs in the bottom of the box, (most likely having died of engorgement on my dandelion roots!)

    See we cook Indian food and always have these little critters crawling around the cupboards and invading the cereals, (their eggs are in the spices, especially the coriander seed and dried red chilis). We now keep the spices in the freezer and only bring out a little at a time in closed mason jars on the countertop beside the stove for daily use.

    But with cereals and pastas everywhere (can’t keep EVERYTHING in the freezer), they still manage to eek out a living in my kitchen, I usually just sieve everything first, (it all comes out in the wash, right?)

    Soooo, if I freeze my dandelion teabags, will it effect the potency of the medicinal value?

  34. Cheryfa Says:

    Forgot to mention, the little buggers chew right through plastic bags, gotta keep the dhaals in jars too!

  35. Cheryfa Says:

    ok, silly me, I guess I just answered my own question.

    I could keep my tea in a mason jar, eh?

    LOL

  36. Gemmee Says:

    Ruth… just wondering… the recipe that Tina (note #3) shared indicated that she used baking powder, but in your reply to her you mentioned using baking soda…. which is correct?

  37. Tony Says:

    Great to see you promoting the great herbal remedies of the Dandelion. Used way back in the tenth century, the common dandelion does have some great herbal remedies, it certainly does meet the criteria of a healthy herb keep producing the great iformation.

  38. bije Says:

    I have an underactive thyroid. It is an auto immune disorder called Hasimoto disease. Drugs d’ ont help. I’m on the maximum dose. Do you know if
    dandilion or carrot or nettle teas or soups can help with any of this or even their leaves or roots in salads. If it can boost energy levels and way lay the joint problems associated with this disesas I would dearly like to know. Is there a particular milligram dosage you need to intake on a dayly basis to get the benefits

  39. Jimers Says:

    Hi…. recently I got an e-mail from some friends who moved out of the U.S. It was an article about medical research in Ontario, canada. their medical college found that dandelion root tea would cause cancer cells to commit suicide, as they put it and would not harm normal cells. Quite interesting.
    One Bio-chemist was skeptical at first but after many experiments he was convinced that dandelion root tea was the real thing for that problem.
    Now, question can the root be frozen and still be effective say, in the winter etc.???
    I have a park where I live that the city can’t afford to spray and it’s about 100 yards long and averages about thirty yards wide and in the summer during dandelion season it’s a beautiful yellow carpet that no one wants to go near. (-:
    Hmmmmmmmm I made a 1/2″ black pipe about 18 inches long and cut a long long angle on it to make a point on one end for digging down to get the root etc. (usually don’t get all the root as you already know)
    Have a wonderful day….
    Jimers

  40. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Jimers,

    Thank you for writing! In response to your question about if the root can be frozen and still be effective, I think whatever helpful properties the dandelion has that people find useful are the same properties useful to the plant itself, and help get the plant blooming prolifically in the springtime when everything thaws out nicely after any icy winter temperatures.

    I use a strong hand-made knife blade with a sturdy wooden handle for cutting into the ground to harvest dandelion plants with a generous amount of root, usually leaving a little bit of the root tip in the ground, hoping it will grow a new crop for me to harvest again!

    I recently made a relish with fresh cranberries and fresh red bell pepper and found I like it immensely well as a topping on a dandelion salad. For the salad, I chop the whole plant, including the root, and add other ingredients if I feel like it.

    It was fascinating, what you wrote about dandelion root vanquishing cancer cells. I have also heard of similar amazing results from using dandelion. What a marvelous plant! I’m eager to learn the next good news!

    You helped make my day wonderful, Jimers! Hope you have a wonderful day, too!
    Ruth

  41. jeff from Homeland. Says:

    Great for the Gull bladder I hear so…My reading leads me to try some of the tea so I went out dug up and put fresh leaves seeped and the green hot tea is really good stuff. I added only a pinch of pure honey to it….I’m putting this to heart along with my Loquat Tea I Love natural things In My loquat tea I sometimes add honey clove powder and cinnamon powder. I’ll have to try that with your tea also. Thanks

  42. Clark Says:

    I’ve been digging up dandelions, roots and all, and dumping a 20 litre bucketful into my chicken pen (18 hens) every day. They devour them completely and the eggs are wonderful. After reading the recipies on this site, they won’t be getting all the dandelions from now on!

  43. Ruth Says:

    Thank you, Clark! Your comments are most delightful! I’d love to have partial access to your abundant 21 quarts of dandelions daily! (The very thought makes my heart happy!) And, to taste delicious eggs from your dandelion-dining hens! (If they were ducks, they’d be “Lucky Ducks!”) I hope you are enjoying using a wide range of dandelions! Ruth

  44. Ruth Says:

    Thank you, Jeff! Sounds so good! I love trying out lots of new (and natural) ways to savor a great cup of dandelion tea! (I enjoy eating the dandelions that I went out and used to make the tea, using them “as is” when the tea is finished steeping, or as a welcome ingredient in some other recipe!) Ruth

  45. Angelene Bruce Says:

    Hi Ruth,

    I have liver issues due to alcohol abuse ( which I now have kicked ) I also have a backyard full of dandelions so wondering what I could do with them to help me.

    Regards Ange

  46. Lynell Says:

    I was wondering if there is any way to help the bitterness? I was totally stoked about having my first cup of dandelion tea, only to find it too bitter to drink! Even with an added teaspoon of honey (I use a good quality honey and had to use 2 teaspoons).
    any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  47. Jennifer Says:

    I have been using fresh dandelions for rabbits for years to treat various ailments and i was wondering how you dry them? I have read that you dry the leaves and flowers together and the roots seperatly? any thoughts on this? I dont like coffee but i want to try and make it for my husband, i never knew it was good for humans! :)

  48. Dawn Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that my husband and daughter are outside right now picking dandelions to make me some tea :)

  49. Heidi Says:

    Hello,
    What a wonderful website. I’m learning so much about them. I do have a quick question. How do I go about storing the leaves, roots, etc so that we can continue to enjoy the dandelion benefits year round?

  50. Brenda S Says:

    I just made Tina’s recipe using the whole flower roots and all with the pinch of baking powder. I put sugar and lemon to taste with just a little peppermint extract. Delicious! I am thinking it will be good with my fresh mint this summer!

  51. Mekale Says:

    Earlier in the week, I commented to a friend that I have never been hungry enough to eat a dandilion when she reminded me that they were edible. After reading the many rave reviews on their yumminess today, I, too brewed myself a cup of Dandilion tea- using the whole plant- but I forgot the baking powder. It was incredibly bitter- so I will try again with the baking powder (or soda) and maybe a little more water and perhaps it will curb the bitterness. Thansk so much for making me hungry enought o partake of the many health benefits of the dandilion (and an excuse to let my lawn just be).

  52. Ruth Says:

    I am always happy to hear from people who want to get to know dandelions better.

    Some suggestions you may wish to try, for a not-so-bitter dandelion tea:

    Gather the plant after the first frost and until it starts to bloom.
    Brew the dandelion tea weak—use more water.
    Add something to the tea to give a new flavor component.

    Eager to hear what works for you! Ruth

  53. Mekale Says:

    I had a successful(and very tasty)cup of dandi lion tea today. I used only the greens- no flower or root this time, and I made it much weaker then added stevia and milk. So, “Dandileche” is what I’m calling it. LOL I also ate the leaves when I was done boiling them for the tea. They wer still very stron, but that’s ok. I’ll try them with vinegar next.

    Thanks for your support!!

    Mekale

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  55. Dale Says:

    Using a pitchfork, I have just finished purging my yard of many compound dandelions and tossing in the yard waste container. I was so tickled with this effective way of getting the critters out of my yard that I wondered if there was so dialogue about how great it works. Found this site and now I’m wondering if I should go out and dig through the container. I pulled entire roots, and with several plants growing in a single clump, the roots looked like taproot systems. So, are the taste and health benefits really worth it? I have plenty more. Also, how do I know which are dandelions? The leaves often look a bit different. Is the puff ball of seeds the only sure way to tell it’s a dandelion? I suspect the taste is better before flowering.

    This is really weird information. :)

    dale

  56. Ruth Says:

    Hi Dale,

    Great to hear from you with your great, time-tested method of harvesting dandelions! I hope by now that you have rescued the wonderful dandelions from the heap in the container. Are dandelions worth it? “I’ll say!”

    How to tell a dandelion? To view some of the most beautiful art and photographic prints I’ve ever seen, click on the Allposters link on our website page. And then type dandelions in their search box to see exactly what gorgeous dandelions look like – they have hundreds of magnificent, inspiring images.

    You are right: dandelion leaves have various shapes, from a rather rounded tear-drop shape, to deeply-toothed and notched edges and margins. How wonderful! Some say deeper notches have more “bite”.

    Lots of blooming plants have seed puffballs, but the dandelion has “perfected” the technique and is the most famous example.

    As to taste, the plant is less bitter before blooming (and after the first frost). I eat dandelions year ’round. They taste best to me when I am eating them, and I like to eat the blooms. (My neighbors like me to eat the blooms, too!)

    I’d love to hear feedback from you on those dandelions, Dale! Ruth

  57. Georgia Says:

    I’m so happy to hear about all the benefits of dandelions. Growing up in a greek household a staple dish is dandelions! Boils a bunch of dandelions, draine (as pointed out with all the benefits keep the rest as dandelion tea!) place boiled dandelions in a bowl add olive oil, salt, and squeeze lemon to taste and you’ve got a great easy healthy side dish!
    One question, is it safe to drink dandelion tea when trying to conceive?

    Thanks for the great info!
    Georgia

  58. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Georgia,

    Thank you for writing and for what you said! As a side to your question, dandelions being a staple dish indeed had a quite lovely effect on YOU coming into the world, right?! Dandelions are food, not a medicine or drug. Dandelions are good and healthy, one of the most nutritious foods on earth!

    Wishing you all the best, I would love to hear of any “new developments”!

    Ruth

  59. Margaret Rose Corbet Says:

    Dear Ruth June 13’2011.
    I am overwhelmed by the enthusiesm of everyone. I,like the experience of Dale was just about to dump 2 large tubs of good Dandelions into the dunpster when I saw what my mom fed us when the garden greens were not up yet. I stopped an grabbed some large buckets and started filling them with all I could get out of the paths between the Garden boxes and walkways around the buildings.
    Here in Lacombe,AB.CA. I do hope and pray that the city is not bullied into poisoning our medicine/healthfood supply, while out on Neighborhood Patrol, reporting un-manicured lawns.
    I am letting my neighbors know that they can pick my patch. I pulled 2 large bags of them out of my Raspberries & back yard where we seeded them about 4-5 years ago. They will soon be up again with tender leaves ready to pick again. I have 8 bags I saved yesterday to prepare for the freezer. The next is for drying for my home made Barley-greens from green grain and Angelica, and greens , dried & powdered for Winter’s Liquid Breakfasts. I would like people to know the Dandelions are in danger of being poisoned by the uneducated city workers. GO-OG. Children & critters will thank you & most of us Grannies who learned how to feed the earth so it will feed us.
    Organic is safe to eat.
    Tomorrow I try the tea and eat the greens. Lemon & honey will be nice to add. I’ll remember the Baking soada my mom used for all wild greens.
    Margaret.

  60. Ruth Says:

    Dear Margaret,

    So glad to hear from you! What good news you write! Wow, 2 large tubs of good dandelions!? Awesome! You sound like a great cook! (Can I come over and eat?) I would love to hear how you prepared & enjoyed the dandelions! Thank you again! Ruth

  61. TOYA Says:

    After drinking the dandelion tea does it make you urinate?

  62. Ruth Says:

    Hi, Toya,
    Thank you for writing about one of dandelion’s most famous characteristics and the main reason for many of its nicknames: indeed, dandelion tea can certainly prompt urination!
    Ruth

  63. Robbye Chasteen Says:

    I bought the supplement instead of tea bags. What ratio to a cup of tea should I use?

  64. Ruth Says:

    Hi Robbye, Thank you for writing. What a ratio: many kinds of supplements, to many kinds of tea! What is the name of the supplement? Where did you buy it?

    We do not sell anything. The advertisements on http://www.dandeliontea.org help defray the cost of running our website if a person clicks on an ad and then purchases from that store. We are thankful to receive a percent from the sale.

    We appreciate visitors. And the visitors who shop off of our website – thank you! Your support helps us keep going. It’s a real supplement that makes a cup of tea.

    I do look forward to hearing back from you! Ruth

  65. glen main Says:

    I recently read this article on dandelion roots and how they may help in treating some types of cancer. Thought it might help someone. Hope the link comes through.
    Glen

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/02/16/wdr-dandelion-tea-cancer-killer.html

  66. Shawna Says:

    Hi, I wanted to share with you all, I used to make my sister dandelion tea with the roots for her acne and it worked well because its considered a blood purifier as well. I also like to take the leaves and clean them well, chop them up and saute them in a bit of olive oil, add a bit of chopped onion, and bit of chopped garlic according to taste, and some bacon bits. It reminds me of spinach which I do this was as well and it is great!

  67. Jolene Says:

    Have you read the book The Teeth of the Lion by Anita Sanchez? It has tons of info about dandelions and is an interesting read!

    Also, have you tried cultivating dandelions indoors in pots? We’re going to experiment with this to see what happens, but I was wondering if you had any experience with it yourself.

    Do you have your own dandelion “bed” or provide compost and good soil for your dandelions, or do you just let them grow where they may? I’m curious to see if well-tended dandelions grow differently than those “let be,” and we may be experimenting with that this spring, as well.

    Thanks for the great site! I loved reading all the comments and replies!

    Jolene

  68. linda neal Says:

    can you use the flowers in dandelion tea? my sister and i are making dandelion wine out of the flowers,. i’ve heard dandelion tea can help gout

  69. cheena Says:

    This is a great website! I just picked my first dandelions from my yard and will try out a salad and tea tonight! My mother makes the dandelion syrup (which is amazing)!
    thank you!

  70. vicki Says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2012/04/20/wdr-dandelion-tea-research-grant.html
    Curing cancer ~ for free ! Naturally ~ : )

  71. Amber Says:

    i was wondering can i use the dandelion tablets and pour the contents into water? i have tried looking for dandelion tea bags in the store but can never find them or when i can online its expensive and my dad is constantly spraying chemicals on our lawn to help grass grow and get rid of weeds so i don’t think its safe to use the ones growing there. if i cant use the tablets do u have a suggestion for where i can buy dandelion tea?

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  73. alwilla roberts Says:

    I dry my herbs and dandelion leaves in the microwave, or at least get the drying process started, then lay on a tray to finish, then crumble. I also boil dandelion leaves after many washings, never pour water off, dip them out with your hand because if there is any dirt it will settle to the bottom. I fry some bacon then put my greens, after boiling, in a small amt of bacon grease and break up the bacon in them..Delicious. My mother and grandmother ate them this way many years ago. Just tradition to have our spring tonic, as my mother used to say.

  74. Darrick Says:

    how to dry them out..
    use a dehydrator, that is the best way to dry n preserve the leaves.

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  78. Victoria Ann Estrada Simental Says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the recipe, my teacher told me about this, and well I got curious, haven’t tried it yet, but don’t worry! I surely will try it!

  79. Star Says:

    Hi,
    This is my first visit to your site and I really enjoyed all of the comments about dandelion tea. I was almost ready to order the tea online when I decided to find out how to make my own dandelion tea. I am one who was not particularly fond of them in my yard, but have long since stopped trying to kill them off.

    After reading the comments I now have a new appreciation for them and am going outside right now and digs a few up.

    Best to All

  80. Star Says:

    P.S.
    The tea was good and the greens delicious. I did not add the baking powder…but just drizzed the hot greens with a little coconut oil, sea salt and pepper (yum yum)!
    Star

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