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Dandelion as an herb for tea....

Commented on February 23, 2014
Created February 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Can anyone tell me if the root is better to use than the leaves? Vice versa? both?...

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not really. They contain the same bitter chemicals. It is possible that the root has more inulin, while the leaves have more micronutrients, but medicinally, they are the same. But why buy it? It is everywhere. I eat it, I make infusions, I make tea, and I can not get it out of my garden.

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Thanks for the reply, I am looking to *buy* this herb for tea. I have found leaves and am looking to buy the root. I imagine there are differences in ther properties

56c28e3654d4dd8a8abdb2c1f525202e

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on February 23, 2014
at 08:57 PM

not really. They contain the same bitter chemicals. It is possible that the root has more inulin, while the leaves have more micronutrients, but medicinally, they are the same. But why buy it? It is everywhere. I eat it, I make infusions, I make tea, and I can not get it out of my garden.

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on February 23, 2014
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Hey @eric 9 the entire plant is beneficial and I've often used the leaves and roots in tea.

Here's a useful excerpt from herbal gardner Amy Jeanroy:

"Dandelion is a multi purpose herb. All parts of it are useful. From early spring, when the new leaves are steamed and eaten as a potherb, through the summer, the leaves and blossoms are harvested. In the fall, the roots are pulled after a frost.

Even the white, milky sap is used as an effective wart remover. Dandelion is a diuretic that also contains potassium. It has been used as a liver tonic. Regular harvesting will keep the dandelion from going to seed and sowing itself.

This will keep the spread of cultivated dandelions out of your lawn. No matter what use you want dandelion for, this easy growing plant is going to be a wonderful addition to your herbal garden."

Hope it helps!

-McSwaggin

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on February 23, 2014
at 06:51 PM

Hey @eric 9 the entire plant is beneficial and I've often used the leaves and roots in tea.

Here's a useful excerpt from herbal gardner Amy Jeanroy:

"Dandelion is a multi purpose herb. All parts of it are useful. From early spring, when the new leaves are steamed and eaten as a potherb, through the summer, the leaves and blossoms are harvested. In the fall, the roots are pulled after a frost.

Even the white, milky sap is used as an effective wart remover. Dandelion is a diuretic that also contains potassium. It has been used as a liver tonic. Regular harvesting will keep the dandelion from going to seed and sowing itself.

This will keep the spread of cultivated dandelions out of your lawn. No matter what use you want dandelion for, this easy growing plant is going to be a wonderful addition to your herbal garden."

Hope it helps!

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