Humans have been using these yellow plants in their food since a very long time. Dandelion is used to treat muscle aches, loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas, gallstones, joint pain, eczema and bruises. Eating it raw would dispense a bitter flavor, so we suggest you boil it and have a tea made out of it.
Calcium is the most abundantly found mineral in the body and dandelions contain 10% of your daily recommended value. Calcium is essential for the structure maintenance of bones and teeth. It’s used for nerve transmission, blood clotting, hormone secretion and muscle contraction too.
You can prevent tooth decay, muscle tension, high blood pressure and calcium deficiency by drinking dandelion tea regularly.
Dandelion root tea can have multiple positive effects on your digestion, although majority of the evidence found is anecdotal. It has been used since past many decades to improve appetite, soothe digestive problems, and relieve constipation.
A recent Korean study claims that dandelion has similar effects on the body as Orlistat, the weight loss drug, which works by inhibiting pancreatic lipase. It an enzyme secreted during digestion to help in breaking down fat. This study prompted researchers to study the possible anti-obesity properties of dandelion.
4. Natural Coffee Substitute
You may have noticed dandelion extract infused teas in your local departmental stores, but you can harvest it yourself without insecticides and making a completely organic tea out of it. For making this tea, roast the roots of young dandelion plant to a medium dark brown color. Then, steep it in hot water and strain before serving it as a coffee substitute. It helps those addicted to caffeine and face issues like sleeplessness all the time.
Dandelion tea has been consumed as a “liver tonic” in traditional medicine for years. Early studies suggest this is partly due to its ability to increase the secretion of bile. Naturopaths believe that dandelion root tea could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of any liver disease. A study conducted in 2017 suggests that polysaccharides present in dandelion may actually be beneficial for improving the liver function.