I’ve been drinking my dandelion coffee for a few weeks now. I’ve been craving it like crazy. Spring is here, though I must admit it doesn’t seem that way when looking out the window. Snow still covers everything and the trees and bare, through I can see a few buds starting to form as a sign of greener days to come.
I long for warmer weather, but the days are still freezing. At night I’m gifted with a clear dark sky filled with stars. King winter still has his grip on the world.
I wanted to write about the properties of dandelion as I was curious about why I always crave it in spring. I read a few articles but I must admit I’m not very good at memorizing all this information. Instead I will write from what I have experienced, what inspires me and what I can understand.
Spring is a time of cleansing. It’s a time for spring cleaning, to clear out dust and dirt from our homes, but it’s also good to do the same thing for our bodies.
Dandelion is a master detoxifier. It cleanses the whole system, but especially the liver. It also helps the digestive tract work better, and is a a mild diuretic and laxative. I love that it gets things moving!
Benefits of dandelion
- Cleanses liver
- Improves skin health
- Mild laxative
- Promotes urination
- High in iron and zinc. Used in treating anemia
- Powerful antioxidant
I make sure not to drink it before going to bed as it always need to use the bathroom soon after. I notice that it feels soothing on my stomach. Perhaps this is the bitter taste working on my digestion. Dandelion is actually good for several of our organs, but the liver is the one handling all the toxins we get into our bodies and needs a lot of help. I just feel cleansed after drinking it.
When the snow is finally gone and the little green dandelion leaves start , I will happily pick them and eat them. For now I will enjoy my strong dark brew from the root. The funny thing is that I don’t even like coffee, but I love my dandelion and chicory root coffee!
I wanted to add that it’s quite tasty to add cinnamon, cardamom and perhaps some nutmeg to my dandy coffee. Usually I just sprinkle it on top. Sometimes I add two cinnamon sticks and a few whole green cardamom pods. I haven’t found a perfect recipe yet, but when I do I will share it here.