The cup that cleanses - Dandelion tea

Dandelion has been used for over a thousand years in folk medicine. After the excesses of Christmas when your liver has been working hard, dandelion can help your liver cleanse by stimulating liver detoxifying enzyme activity. For this reason also it may help with acne.  

Other benefits of dandelion tea are that it is a mild diuretic and so can help with bloating. Some studies have shown that it inhibits lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fat and so may even help shift those post-Christmas pounds.  

Dandelion tea increases bile flow helping digestion, lowers blood sugar and can help with urinary tract infections as well as being a source of vitamins A, C and D, minerals zinc, iron, magnesium and potassium and beta-carotene.  

One final thing - drink it early in the day. The French call dandelion, pissenlit (wet the bed) which just about sums it up!!

Dandelion is contraindicated in irritable bowel conditions, pregnancy and if you have ragweed allergy.

Janet x

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