Dandelion Root Tea Uses

Go into any health food store tea section and you’ll probably find at least a couple brands of dandelion root tea. Those who aren’t familiar with this type of tea may wonder “what is dandelion root tea good for?” While more research is necessary to verify that the tea actually provides the health benefits it’s known for in traditional medicine, it may be helpful for a number of different medical conditions.

Dandelion root tea is often taken to help relieve relatively mild health issues, such as mild constipation, lack of appetite, upset stomach, bloating and other digestive issues. It has proven diuretic and laxative effects and may also be helpful for people with high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels. Some people drink the tea in an effort to detoxify their body and there is a small amount of preliminary evidence that links it to potential anti-cancer effects.

While dandelion tea may be helpful for some people, there are others that should avoid it due to potential side effects or medication interactions. Check with a doctor before making it a regular part of your daily routine. It can interact with medications including blood thinners, lithium, diuretics, diabetes medications and ciproflaxin. People allergic to dandelions, ragweed, chamomile, yarrow, iodine, daisies or chrysanthemums shouldn’t drink dandelion tea. Those with gallbladder or kidney problems may also need to avoid this type of tea.

Because it can be hard to get a standard dose of dandelion in homemade dandelion root tea and dandelions grown in yards are often treated with harmful chemicals, making them unsafe to consume, it may be best to purchase this type of tea from a reputable manufacturer. This makes a standard dose of any active ingredients more likely. Choose an organic brand to limit the risk of ingesting any chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides. While some teas are made with roasted dandelion root, the type of tea made with raw dandelion root may provide more vitamins and minerals, as the roasting process may destroy some of these beneficial micronutrients due to the high heat levels and long cooking times involved.