DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF DANDELION TEADISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF DANDELION TEAWhat is dandelion tea good for? Discover the many benefits of dandelion leaf and dandelion root tea, and how to brew the perfect cup!// THE BENEFITS OF DANDELION TEADISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF DANDELION TEA800800




Don’t blow off dandelions! They’re more than the puffed-up balls of fluff you find in fields... in fact, this often-overlooked plant has a subtly sweet and delicate taste that’s been enjoyed for centuries. So let’s dive into the benefits of dandelion tea.

What is dandelion? 

When you see a dandelion, you’ll know! The sun-yellow flowers with the jagged green leaves that pop up in the cracks of our sidewalks grow almost everywhere in the world. While you may not recognise the blooms, their familiarity has been boosted by generations of kids blowing on their powder-puff seed heads (you might know them as ‘blowballs’) to spread the tiny parachute-like seeds.Thought to be originally from Greece, dandelions now grow all over the world as wildflowers. You’ll find them on sidewalks and in meadows, along forests and in gardens—wherever there’s earth and a spot of sunlight. Their name comes the French “dent-de-lion”, meaning “lion’s tooth”, inspired by the plant’s distinctive leaves. The plant goes by all sorts of other weird and wonderful names, too, including Irish daisy, clock flower, puffball and cankerwort.

What are the benefits of dandelion tea?

Over the years, dandelions have built a promising global reputation! The plant has been used to soothe almost every ailment, from stomach-ache to liver complaints, and by all sorts of people as far back as the tenth century. Dandelions have been a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine, and the Egyptians used the plant to purify their blood. In fact, the dandelion was so valued by America’s Pilgrim Fathers, they took them on the Mayflower! This voyage across the Atlantic allowed led the species to propagate in the New World.Fast forward four hundred years and the humble plant they prized for its gastronomical qualities is now considered a weed. Turns out many gardeners might be sitting on a goldmine!Many people still take dandelion extract for digestive issues and detoxing. The plant is also added to soups and salads, wine and tea. It might just be time to discover the benefits of dandelion tea for yourself!

How to make dandelion tea

Dandelion plant stems, stalks and roots can all be used to make unique teas, or combined together as a distinct dandelion extract blend. The flavors mix well with other plant extracts, and complement green tea particularly well.Making your own dandelion leaf tea is simple with Lipton Detox Herbal Supplement with Green Tea. For the perfect cup, brew a tea bag 4-6 minutes in freshly boiled water. That’s it! It’s ready for you to enjoy. 

A melody of dandelion, nettle, and grapefruit, Lipton Detox Herbal Supplement is an herbal infusion that’s the perfect companion to clean eating. Carefully selected botanicals are blended with green tea and grapefruit essential oil, making every cup delightful. Enjoy a daily cup or two of Lipton Detox to supplement your varied, balanced diet.

If you prefer your brew straight from the garden, dandelion root tea is actually more like coffee. Traditionally the roots are dried, roasted then ground before adding boiling water. Alternatively, you can steep washed and chopped roots in boiling water for a fresher, but still earthy, taste. 

Dandelion leaf tea is lighter and more fragrant, and can be made from immersing the washed leaves or petals in freshly boiled water. You can dry the roots and leaves in a low oven to make them last longer, and to get a more intense taste.

Lipton wants to leave no herb untasted when it comes to fantastic teas, and dandelion tea is an ideal option for when you’re looking to bounce back during a busy day!

For some serious self-care, try the Lipton Wellness range, which comes in seven varieties and features blended botanicals like chamomile, dandelion and ginger, and essential oils like peppermint, lavender and grapefruit.