How to Make Dandelion Root Coffee

Learn how to make dandelion root coffee and give your morning routine a nutritional boost.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is an amazing flowering plant most people disregard as an invasive weed. It’s prolific, resilient, and has been used for centuries to treat many health conditions. Recent scientific research is even starting to back it up as a beneficial herb with multiple benefits.

All parts of the dandelion plant are edible. The leaves are packed with vitamins A and C, phosphorus, potassium, folate, calcium and B vitamins. The flowers have a light sweetness, are a delicious addition to salads, and can be used to make jams, jellies, infused in honeys and vinegars…your imagine really is your limit here.

The roots are my personal favorite part of this amazing little plant. Dandelion roots are filled with vitamin A, phosphorus, iron, protein, and manganese, and used to make a delicious coffee or infusion. As a coffee it can be pulverized and mixed with coffee grounds, or brewed on its own. It’s a great alternative for someone trying to kick the coffee habit.

dandelion root coffee instructions

You can go about this in a number of ways. Infuse your dried root, create a decoction, or make it just like coffee. Pulverize a few tablespoons of dried root with a grinder, and brew in a coffee pot. My personal favorite way to fix it is in the coffee pot because straining takes care of itself.

Add your favorite coffee fixings to it and you have a delicious coffee substitute. It really is that simple. The benefits of this “coffee” go far beyond kicking the caffeine habit. As I mentioned, the scientific community is starting to give credit to dandelion for its medicinal and nutritional benefits. It’s not surprising with this impressive list:

digestive benefits

Dandelion has been used for centuries to improve digestion. Its potassium content makes it a natural diuretic and can help flush toxins from the body. It has also been used to stimulate appetite, promote the release of digestive juices, and improve liver function. Its also especially rich in fiber and prebiotic compounds, making it particularly effective for easing constipation and digestive ailments.

anti-inflammatory benefits

Dandelion contains a compound called taraxasterol that significantly fights off inflammation. This compound has shown a strong reduction of inflammation in autoimmune disease and inflammatory conditions.

detox benefits

It’s a natural detoxifier and can help cleanse the liver and kidneys. It is particularly helpful for people who have been exposed to toxins like heavy metals and pesticides. Consuming dandelion roots in early spring can assist the liver and kidneys with purging toxins that have built up in the system over winter.

blood sugar support

Dandelion has been a natural way to control type 2 diabetes around the world. Studies have shown it has the ability to improve inulin sensitivity and helps lower blood sugar levels.

skin benefits

Dandelion has been used topically to treat skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce redness and inflammation, while its natural antimicrobial properties can help fight bacteria on the skin.

immune support

The high amounts of antioxidants contained in dandelion makes it an excellent immune supporter. Antioxidants fight off the damage caused by free radicals that threaten your immune system. It also helps regulate the production of white blood cells, helping to fight off infections.

cancer blocking properties

Recent studies have also been done on dandelion’s health benefits. Studies have shown it has potential anti-cancer properties. Specifically, that dandelion extract can destroy certain types of cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

Dandelion Root "Coffee"

dandelion root on a wood table

There are 3 ways to enjoy a cup of dandelion root coffee. Brewed as coffee, as an infusion, or as a decoction.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Materials

  • Dehydrated dandelion root
  • Water
  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee pot, French press, or kettle
  • Pot
  • Strainer

Instructions

To create a "coffee"

1. Pulverize the dandelion root in the coffee grinder.

2. (Optional) Mix 1 TBS coffee grounds together with ground dandelion root

3. Brew 2-3 TBS in a coffee pot or french press.

To create an infusion

1. Pour boiling water over 1 TBS of dehydrated dandelion root

2. Cover and infuse for 10-15 minutes

3. Stain before drinking

To create a decoction

1. Bring water to a boil and add dehydrated dandelion root

2. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes

3. Remove it from the heat and let it steep until drinking temperature

4. Strain before drinking

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