When you think of dandelions, you may picture an invasive weed that takes over your lawn. However, the truth is that this pesky “weed” is a prized edible that offers a variety of medicinal benefits and every part of the dandelion can be used as medicine or eaten as food. You can even enjoy dandelion as a beverage! In fact, many find that dandelion root when brewed tastes similar to coffee and offers a healthy pick me up without the jitters, so it should come as no surprise that many people are starting to use dandelion root as a substitute for coffee. Drinking a cup is a healthy way to start your day, as dandelion roots are excellent for detoxification, balancing hormones, relieving constipation, and for strengthening the digestive system. Also, dandelion also acts as an anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, and is loaded with minerals.
Are you seeking a healthy caffeine-free coffee replacement? If so, try brewing a delicious cup of dandelion coffee, your adrenals will thank you for it. Get a powerful boost of minerals and antioxidants with this dandelion root coffee recipe.
• 2 cups water
• 1-2 tablespoons of ground dandelion root
• Sweetener of your choice (i.e., honey, agave, maple syrup, sugar)
• Milk or milk substitute of your choice
• Cinnamon stick (optional)
• One tablespoon of ground chicory root (optional)
1. Place water and the dandelion root into a small pot. If you plan on adding chicory root and/or cinnamon, place them also into the pot.
2. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to a boil and then let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
3. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into cup(s).
4. Add milk and sweetener to taste.
5. Serve and enjoy!
It is recommended that you consult with your healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are on any medication, pregnant, or nursing.