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A Peek Inside: Roasted Dandelion Root

HerbalIconEveryone knows you can’t judge a book by its cover, and you can’t judge a plant by its appearance, either. Some might think of dandelion as a pesky weed, but maybe that’s because they haven’t been introduced to the herbal powers of this humble-looking little flower. Let’s take a moment to peek inside the tea bag and get to the root of what makes our Roasted Dandelion Root tea so special.

Named from the French phrase “dent-de-lion” meaning tooth of the lion- for its toothlike, jagged-edged leaves. The dandelion has been used throughout the Northern Hemisphere for centuries to support digestive health.* Dandelions came to the New World with early European settlers. who often pulled grasses out of their yards and replaced them with more “useful” herbs like dandelion.

Every part of the dandelion has some kind of wellness benefit, but the root is renowned for its ability to help support the liver and digestive system. The root’s bitterness helps to stimulate the taste buds, setting off production of digestive juices from saliva to bile. This ignites the body’s natural detoxification processes and helps the liver to flush wastes.*

Some of our favorite organic dandelion root comes all the way from the meadows of Poland, where it is wild collected in the spring or early fall. Dug up with a mattock, then separated from the leaves, stems, and flowers, washed and dried, the roots are then roasted whole before being cut up for use in our teas.

The mildly bitter, warmly roasted flavor of our Roasted Dandelion Root tea reminds many folks of coffee, so some like to drink it first thing in the morning. Of course, unlike coffee, our Roasted Dandelion Root tea is naturally caffeine free, making it a perfect companion for a cozy evening reading books by the fire, as well.

Just as a common-seeming little backyard flower can pack an impressive wallop of herbal power, a cup of tea can provide far more than just good taste and warmth. One of our bestselling teas, Roasted Dandelion Root combines delicious roasted flavor with energizing digestive benefits. Now that you’ve had a peek inside, who’s ready for a cup?

Posted in Tea & More on October 22, 2014