Dandelion has a long history of use in traditional medicine for a variety of ailments. Increasing scientific evidence indicates that the benefits of dandelion include protecting your body from toxins. Plus it's safe, effective, cheap and easy to reap its benefits.
The research shows that some of the benefits of dandelion are tied to its ability to fight inflammation. That’s because it’s also a great source of antioxidants.
Plus, dandelion contains compounds that support and protect your liver and your gut. And studies show it kills cancer cells.
In other words, this valuable plant can protect you from toxic chemical exposure. Because it's a great source of antioxidants, protects your liver and your gut, and kills cancer cells.
I'm going to go out on a short limb and assume that you want to drink dandelion tea for it's health benefits and not its taste. For medicinal purposes an infusion is the way to go.
Herbal infusions are steeped for a longer time than tea and at lower temperatures.
To make a strong herbal infusion tea, use 1/2 ounce of dried dandelion leaves and roots or one ounce of fresh leaves and roots per cup of water. Place the ingredients in a glass canning jar. Cover with freshly boiled water. Put the lid on and steep overnight. Strain. For medicinal purposes, drink 3-4 cups per day.
Dandelion root tea is a good alternative to coffee, especially mixed with chicory root.
To get the most benefits from dandelion roots chop the dried roots into small pieces. Roasted roots have the strongest flavor.
Put 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon of roots into a tea ball and place in kettle with 2 cups cold water. Heat water to just boiling, turn down heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Pour tea into your cup and enjoy.