Dandelions are high in minerals, especially potassium, and vitamins A, B, C and D. Dandelion tea is extremely detoxifying and it will aid the body to eliminate toxins through your liver, bowels and kidneys.
There are a number of different ways to make dandelion tea - this is one of my favourites:
1.Dig up the roots and collect the leaves. Wash them thoroughly.
2. Put the leaves and roots into a pan and cover with water. Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda and boil for 3 minutes.
3. Strain through a tea strainer and drink. I like it just on its own but you can add a bit of honey, sugar or lemon to taste.
Do be careful how much you drink of it though – dandelion is known as piss-en-lit in French, pissabed in English, due to its diuretic properties. What is less well known is how well it strengthens the urinary system and is effective in treating bed-wetting in children and incontinence in older people. All parts of the plant have this effect, but especially the leaves.
Most diuretics cause a drop in potassium, but being as dandelion is naturally high in potassium, it can safely be used long term without causing an imbalance.