A warming, autumn tea with great health benefits!
This tea is created with a blend of dandelion, burdock, and chicory root, which are all classified as alteratives, or blood purifiers. Herbs that are in this catagory are used to help strengthen the liver and cleanse the blood stream of toxins, thereby affecting the general state and well being of the whole body.
Hidden beneath the earth, most alteratives are the roots of plants such as dandelion, burdock, echinacea, Oregon grape, and chicory. As the foundation of the plant, roots store the nutrients, food and energy a plant needs to survive. Likewise, much of our health depends on the functions of the liver, cleansing waste and toxins, assimilating nutrients and proteins, and neutralizing irritants; our bodies' own "root".
Together, alterative herbs work in harmony with the liver.
Spiced Dandelion Tea
- 1 Tbs Dandelion root
- 1 Tbs Burdock root
- 1 Tbs Chicory root
- 1/2 Tbs Pumpkin spice (ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cloves)
- 1 Cup Water
- 3 Tbs Milk or cream
- 1 Tbs Honey (or more to taste)
Add the water, roots, and spices to a small sauce pan, and bring to a simmer over medium low heat.
Once bubbling, turn off heat, cover and let infuse for 15-20 minutes, depending on flavor preference.
While the tea brews, heat up the cream over low heat, stirring often.
Strain the tea when ready and mix in cream and honey until dissolved.