As a young girl back in England, one of my favourite drinks was a soda of Dandelion and Burdock. It was a unique flavour that was not available anywhere else. I could compare it to a liquorice Birch Beer, if I had to, but that would only approximate the flavour. I guess you have to actually taste it to be able to experience it.
I really wanted to recreate the nostalgia factor from those days, but this time within a tea. Dandelion leaf is used traditionally to prevent water retention and to ‘flush’ the liver. I don’t use the word ‘detox’ when talking about the liver, because that is the function of the liver itself. How do you ‘detox’ the ‘detoxer’? Instead I prefer to think of herbs encouraging the liver in it’s function as the powerhouse of filtration and cleansing. Let’s ditch the detox and go for the healthiest liver function, in itself a minor miracle of self repair and restoration.
Burdock root is the perfect plant ally for Dandelion. It boosts the antioxidants within the blood stream and is traditionally applied as a skin tonic tea. As it’s also a diuretic, I wouldn’t drink more than one cup of Dandelion and Burdock tea per day, and certainly make sure you are not dehydrated before drinking it. A lot of herbal teas should be ingested sparingly by children and vulnerable adults, or pregnant women. Make sure you know what you are drinking and why you are drinking it. I recommend that if you are trying a new tisane [herbal tea] that you just drink a cup and then wait a couple of days to see what effects, if any, occur. As always you should use herbs responsibly.
Coming soon to the store. Dandelion and Burdock Tea.
Thanks for reading. Cheers!
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