Organic Dandelion Root
As the old adage goes “one man’s weed, is another man’s flower.” Our Organic Dandelion Root is no weed in our mind! Well-known as a medicinal herb, dandelion root is used in folk medicine to help alleviate stomach issues and increase milk flow for nursing mothers. The dried root yields a medium to thin brew with a clear yellow liquor. Grown in the vibrant Pacific Northwest of the USA, our organic dandelion root has a high oil content that is a noticeable part of the liquor where a lovely swirl coats the top of the brew. Because of this oil content the brew is at once rich and mouth-coating, but also paradoxically thin and light reminding of freshly turned soil. Naturally caffeine-free, our dandelion root is a perfect ingredient for blending (like in our Organic Roots & Fruits herbal blend) or enjoyed as a stand alone loose organic herbal tea.
Ingredients: organic USA dandelion root
Origin: Pacific Northwest, USA
The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the most prolific and best tasting herbs in the United States. Sometimes referred to as Cascadia, this region includes the states of Oregon and Washington and is bounded by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains the east. The various climatic regions (from the mild summers with abundant rainfall in the mountains to the broad, dry plateaus) create the perfect growing conditions for many different types of herbs. Environmentalism is prominent throughout the region resulting in a strong commitment to organic and sustainable farming, and home to one of the original organic certifying bodies, Oregon Tilth. In our efforts to source as many products as possible from right here in the USA, we are delighted to offer herbal teas from this region and plan to continue to increase our selection of domestically grown herbs over the next few years.
At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend herbal and rooibos teas to be steeped for 5 to 7 minutes in water heated to a full rolling boil. For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible, and avoid overboiling. If you want a stronger brew, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!
"Dandelion tastes more herbaceous than our burdock root, but still has a light sweetness."
"A delicate brew that is lightly sweet, with a touch of earthiness, reminiscent of an early spring meadow. If rabbits drank tea, this would be the one!"
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More than just a weed, dandelion root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for a variety of ailments including stomach issues and increasing milk flow for nursing mothers. The root of dandelion is sometimes used as a mild laxative and for improving digestion. In vitro studies have shown dandelion root to stimulate growth of bifidobacteria, which is a probiotic. Lab studies have also shown dandelion to lower blood sugar, but thus far no clinical studies have been evaluated on the effect of dandelion on diabetic humans. Studies have also shown dandelion root to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and estrogenic and diuretic activities.
For more information about health benefits of Dandelion and other types of herbs, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Herbal Tea Health Benefits page!