Dandelion Tea as a Natural Remedy for Symptoms of Menopause
One of our favorite readers commented after perusing our post about hot flashes, to let us know that she drinks dandelion root tea as a natural remedy for menopause, especially for her hot flashes and night sweats.
It’s strange that this herb has flown under our radar for so long — we hadn’t heard of its use as natural remedy for menopause until now. Suddenly, we are hearing from a lot of you that it is very helpful — and possibly free in your very own front lawn!
So we did a bunch of research and this is what we discovered:
The Health Benefits of Dandelion Tea
- Vitamins A, B complex, C, and D
- Minerals iron, potassium and zinc
- A phytoestrogenic herb, a natural hormone replacement
- Cleans blood and liver which balances hormones
- Appetite stimulant
- Good for gallbladder problems
- The leaves are a natural diuretic
Historical Use Supports Dandelion Tea as a Natural Remedy
We couldn’t find much western medical research on the effectiveness of dandelion tea, but did find a lot of information about the historical use by American Indians, early settlers, traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, first hand testimonials, etc. If it worked for them, it can work for us!
Drinking Dandelion Tea Has No Bad Side Effects
Herbalist Susan Weed (LOL, Weed – how perfect a name for this!-see her book below) says, “You can safely take dandelion daily for months and years if you need and want to.” We always suggest that you run it by your doc, however, before you start to take anything.
The Dandelion — Weed It or Eat It
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) grows all over the world. The dandelion can be harvested out of your own yard. It is sometimes referred to as ‘lion’s tooth’ — from the French ‘dent-de-lion.’ If you want to grow your own crop of dandelions, send a child out to make fairy wishes by blowing on the bursting seeds that take off in the wind and land in your soil! Next spring, voilà! Just make sure you don’t fertilize with anything non-organic and you may want to walk you dog elsewhere.
Use Dandelion Root, Flowers and Leaves for Tea – Eat the Greens!
The root, flowers and the leaves are used to make teas, tinctures, extracts, coffee and wine. The greens are delicious in salad and give it a slightly bitter bite. Make sure to ask Granny for that dandelion wine family recipe. Don’t forget to share it with us in the comment box below, please!
Harvest Flowers in Spring, Roots in Fall, Greens All Season Long
The flower is harvested in the spring. The root has it’s highest medicinal qualities in the fall, so dig it up then. The greens may be used throughout the season.
Dandelion is Full of Vitamins and Minerals
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “dandelion is a rich source of vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc.” One easy way to take the root is the Dandelion Extract. The roots are mainly used as an appetite stimulant, for liver and gallbladder problems and as a diuretic to help the body get rid of excess fluid which is why, in French, it is called ‘pissenlit’ which means ‘piss in bed.’ We hope this doesn’t happen to you if you use it as a diuretic! The French also have added it into their psyche in another way — their saying, “manger les pissenlits par la racine” or “to eat the dandelions by the root” means you are dead and buried in the ground!
Dandelion Root Tincture — A Natural Diuretic
Susan Love, MD and Christiane Northrup, MD, both experts on the subject of menopause, recommend New Menopausal Years by herbalist Susun Weed. Ms. Weed explains that, “Dandelion root tincture strengthens the liver. When the liver works well, the kidneys work better, and tissues no longer bloat.” She also notes, “When we consume phytoestrogen-rich plants we allow our individual bodies to create precisely the hormones we need on our unique menopausal journey.”
Wait for it…Wait for it…Dandelion Does Help
It can take 6 to 8 weeks before the benefits of using dandelion are fully realized. So while you’re waiting, there’s more info on the internet about the dandelion plant. Poor yourself a cup of tea, and go surfing.