Sunday, December 14, 2014

Seven Benefits of Dandelion Root Chai Tea

Just found this delightful winter beverage.  The warming spices help the body adapt to cold temperatures.  If I had a wood stove, I’d leave the pot brewing because it fills the house with a wonderful spicy aroma. 

 Besides detoxing the liver, this tea is also great for:

      1) Improving digestion and aids weight loss
      2) Purifies bladder and kidneys
      3) Reduces the risk of urinary tract infections   
      4) Contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B and C.
      5)  Purifies the blood, regulate blood sugar and improves blood circulation
    . 6)  Eases bloating and aching joints
      7)  Best hangover cure

Here is the recipe:
1-2 handfuls of roasted dandelion roots
4-8 cups water
*** tsp cinnamon
*** tsp ginger
*** tsp cardamom
*** tsp black pepper
*** tsp cloves
*** tsp nutmeg
 1 splash vanilla (optional)

Add one to two handfuls of roasted dandelion roots to a medium-large saucepan of water.  Add spices (amounts are approximate - adjust according to taste.) Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Turn off heat, add vanilla, if desired, and allow to steep as long as possible.  I leave mine overnight.  If it is too strong, just add water.  Reheat, if necessary, and serve hot.

Great with unsweetened almond milk and or a few drops of stevia. 

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