Dandelion root was roasted and boiled as a coffee substitute by pioneers of old and has never gone out of style. This common plant oxygenates the blood and stimulates the liver to cleanse itself. Because of this, it has been used to clear up acne and other skin disorders that stem from a sick or inactive liver. Try drinking a cup with every heavy or greasy meal for better liver function. Dandelion is a diuretic so be prepared to need to pee. And drink more water!
- First dig up your dandelion root and thoroughly clean it by washing it with water and using a small scrub brush to get the dirt out of the wrinkles. Next, chop it into 1/2 inch pieces and place it in a paper bag in a warm place to dry for a week or two.
- Next, spread it in a cast iron skillet over low heat and roast it, stirring occasionally until all the pieces are fragrant and colored light to dark brown.
- Now use two teaspoons of root per each 8 oz of water and boil the root for 7–15 minutes until the brew reaches your preferred strength. (You can mix it with regular coffee if you like.)
- Strain out the root and add cream and sugar, or honey.