Recently I shared a photo on Instagram of an iced tea I was drinking. Well it was so good that I decided to share with you all how I made it and along the way talk about why I chose those ingredients.
Dandelion is one of the best herbs for its beneficial actions on the body. It is common, easy to identify, easy to find and oh so nutritious. For such a common, often called weed, this plant really is a super star. All parts of the plant can be used, the flowers, leaves, and roots. For this recipe I used the roots, but the leaves and blossoms could just have easily been used. I also added to my drink, fresh lime juice, sliced cucumbers, fresh mint, and collagen peptides.
Dandelion roots are traditionally thought of for liver and gallbladder support. It has a tonifying affect of these organs, meaning it helps our livers and gallbladders do their jobs more efficiently and is best when taken over a long period of time, the benefit builds in other words. Dandelion is also a powerful diuretic, which is not as commonly known. This helps the kidneys flush extra toxins they've been holding onto, flush excessive water, and inhibits microbial growth in the urinary tract. *As with any diuretic be sure you are replacing fluids lost with extra water.
Dandelion is one of the best sources of potassium, which has a major role in regulating your blood pressure. It helps to lower inflammation in the gallbladder and encourage bile secretion which allows you to better absorb your dietary fats. Animal studies show it may even help boost the immune system, helping you ward off colds and flu.
Dandelion is certainly one of the stars in this drink, but I also included some other goodies. Lime juice helps to get the digestive juices flowing signally the body to begin digestion. Lime is also useful as a deterrent of urinary tract microbes taking up residence. Cucumber were added for another benefit of staying hydrated:glowing skin. Cucumbers contain silica which is wonderful for the skin. They also contain vitamins and minerals that help you to absorb the water better into your cells which will aid in that glow. Silica also keeps muscles happy. Mint may be beneficial in helping combat seasonal allergies. It contains rosmarinic acid which has been shown to be effective treatment for seasonal allergies. And finally I included collagen peptides for many different reasons, but today primarily for my skin health. Collagen peptides have been clinically shown to promote younger looking skin, improve skin smoothness, and increase skin suppleness for some reasons. It also contains the amino acid glycine, which is essential for helping manage stress as it helps to calm us.
So without further ado, here is how I made this drink.
Dandelion Iced Tea Recipe:
Makes about 1 quart
4 roasted dandelion tea bags (I use this)
1 quart water, boiled
a few fresh mint sprigs
1/2 small cucumber sliced
1 scoop Collagen Peptides (this is what I use)
Juice of 3 small limes
First make the tea. Boil water and add to the tea bags in a quart mason jar. Cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Cool tea down (I put in fridge overnight), before doing so add collagen peptides. You can add them at any point, this is just easier for me to remember. After the tea has cooled at the mint, cucumber slices, and lime juice. Depending on taste, you may water it down a little to taste. Enjoy!