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What is Dandelion Tea?

M.C. Huguelet
Updated Feb 23, 2024
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Dandelion tea, also sometimes known as dandelion coffee, is a hot herbal beverage made by steeping the dried root of the dandelion plant in boiling water. Many alternative medicine practitioners hold that regular consumption of dandelion tea can have several health benefits, such as the promotion of weight loss and healthy liver function and the improvement of the skin’s appearance. As the tea is not regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the same way that traditional drugs are, however, its alleged health benefits have not yet been verified by medical research.

Some dandelion tea enthusiasts claim that the beverage can speed weight loss when consumed regularly. This belief may be linked to the fact that the tea is a diuretic, or a substance that causes increased urine output. While drinking large amounts of the tea may indeed show faster results on the scale, it is likely that this drop in weight is due primarily to water loss, and the weight will return when the individual stops drinking the tea. Still, the beverage’s diuretic properties may make it useful to those suffering from fluid retention.

Many alternative medicine practitioners maintain that regular dandelion tea consumption can improve liver function. It is alleged to cleanse the organ and speed the repair of damaged tissue. In addition, some dandelion tea devotees believe that the drink promotes the liver’s bile production, which in turn aids the digestion. Insufficient medical evidence exists to support or refute these claims, however.

Another commonly cited benefit of dandelion tea consumption is the drink’s alleged ability to enhance the skin’s clarity and overall appearance. The link between the tea and improved skin health may be due to the fact that it is high in B vitamins. In addition, it contains beta-carotene, an antioxidant which may help to protect the skin’s cells from environmental damage.

Before beginning a dandelion tea regimen, it is important to understand that, as with all herbal supplements, the tea is not subject to the same strict regulations that the US FDA places upon traditional drugs. Thus, while product packaging may state that the tea will provide several health benefits, these claims often have not been substantiated through the research of medical experts. To prevent adverse health effects, those considering an herbal supplement regimen should first consult a physician to ensure that the supplement in question will not cause drug interactions or other serious medical issues.

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M.C. Huguelet
By M.C. Huguelet
Cate Huguelet, a Chicago-based freelance writer with a passion for storytelling, crafts engaging content for a wide range of publications, including WiseGeek. With degrees in Writing and English, she brings a unique perspective and a commitment to clean, precise copy that resonates with readers. Her ability to understand and connect with audiences makes her a valuable asset to any content creation team.
Discussion Comments
By anon991300 — On Jun 10, 2015

@turquoise: "Has anyone else experienced dandelion tea side effects like this?"


By anon348530 — On Sep 17, 2013

I prefer drinking the dandelion tea at night because it has a tendency to make me more relaxed. As a detoxing tea, it wouldn't be uncommon to feel somewhat tired. They say it's typical for the body to feel a little tired when going through the detoxing stage. Try just drinking one cup close to bedtime and see what happens?

By bear78 — On Mar 02, 2012

Dandelion teas sound so beneficial. I've been wanting to try dandelion tea and coffee for health benefits. But I'm honestly not sure which kind to pick up.

At the store, I've seen various different kinds. They have dry dandelion leaves as well as dandelion roots for sale. Some are roasted, some are raw.

I think that the different kinds must have different qualities right? For example, will I get as much benefit from the leaves, as I will from the root? Does roasting it take away any of the minerals and vitamins in it?

Can anyone make a suggestion for which kind I should drink?

By ddljohn — On Mar 02, 2012

@turquoise-- I've just started drinking dandelion herbal tea. My last liver function test showed some abnormalities and a homeopathy practitioner recommended this tea to me.

It doesn't taste too great, but it's for health so I'll manage. I have not had any side-effects from it but it's only been two days. The practitioner who recommended it to me however told me to cut back on it if I have any side effects. He said that herbs are also medicines and they can have unwanted effects or can contradict with other medicines. So it's good to be careful.

One thing he did ask me was if I was taking any diuretic medications, such as for high blood pressure. I said no. He said that since dandelion is a diuretic too, it would be too much when taken with other diuretic medicines. I think you should stop drinking it for a few days and see if you feel energetic again. Maybe it's just too much for you.

By turquoise — On Mar 01, 2012

I like dandelion tea and I've been drinking it regularly for the past week for its detox benefits. I read on a forum that dandelion is a good way to detox the liver, and the whole body in general since it increases urine output.

However, I've noticed in the past couple of days that I've been feeling very tired. I just want to lay down and rest a lot, which is pretty uncommon for me. I think the dandelion tea might have something to do with it.

Has anyone else experienced dandelion tea side effects like this?

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