How to Make Dandelion Tea

By Judith Willson

Rather than becoming infuriated that dandelions are sprouting up all over your garden, you can put this versatile weed to good use. All parts of the plant are edible. Moreover, you can make a delicate herbal tea with the flowers and a stronger, more pungent one with the leaves. These teas are refreshing and might aid digestion.

Dandelions make a simple herbal tea.

Dandelion Flower Tea

Step 1

Collect a few handfuls of dandelion flowers.

Step 2

Wash the flowers in a colander to remove any debris or small insects.

Step 3

Pull the petals away from the base of the flower and place them in a bowl. Discard the other flower parts.

Step 4

Put a handful of flower petals for each cup of tea in the teapot. Pour boiling water over the top, and let the tea steep for about 3 minutes.

Step 5

Serve with honey to taste.

Dandelion Leaf Tea

Step 6

Collect handfuls of dandelion leaves. Select younger, smaller leaves if possible.

Step 7

Rinse the leaves under running water. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Spread the leaves on a tray and let them dry in a warm room or air cupboard. Turn them occasionally. Store the leaves in a glass jar out of direct sunlight.

Step 8

Add 1 teaspoon of dried leaves for each cup of tea to the teapot. Add mint leaves to the tea if desired.

Step 9

Add boiling water and let the tea steep for 5 minutes.

Step 10

Serve the tea with a slice of lemon or orange.