The Benefits of Dandelion Tea – Decrease inflammation

I first learned about dandelion, back in 2014 when one of my mentors who helped me prepare for my bodybuilding/figure competition recommended dandelion tea to help eliminate excess water retention at the end of the competition prep when it’s so important to look my best as I stepped on to the competition stage. I gave it a try and it was amazing how well it worked.

Even More Importantly

What I discovered later on, when I was having some difficulty with swelling in my knees, is that this tea surely got rid of water retention and also helped get rid of swelling in my joints.

Here you will find The Benefits of Dandelion Tea.

Benefits of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion Tea

The Diuretic Effect

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion Whole Plant

Historically Dandelion has shown to be a very effective diuretic and helps with water retention.  It supports kidney function, as it stimulates the kidneys to produce more urine.   In a study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine it showed that after two doses of dandelion tea, urinary output was increased and water retention (bloat) decreased.  Historically it has also been used to prevent urinary tract infections,

Research has also shown that all parts of the dandelion help to reduce inflammation.

The Detox Effect

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion Root

Dandelion root promotes healthy liver function by helping to detoxify the liver, inhibits fat metabolizing enzymes which can help in weight loss by not breaking down and absorbing fats.  It can also soothe digestive ailments.  Roasted root can be used as a coffee substitute.  Its rich in antioxidants thus neutralizing free radicals.  It helps increase urine production and decrease uric acid as well as supporting the immune system by being helpful in fighting bacterial infections in the digestive system, the urinary tract and the reproductive organs.

The benefits of dandelion tea
Dandelion Root Tea
Great for liver detox
The Benefits of Dandelion Tea
My Favorite Dandelion Tea
For overall detox

The Different Parts of Dandelion and What They Target

The leaves from the dandelion plant target the kidneys and the root targets the liver.  For an overall detoxifying effect you can use a combination tea utilizing the leaves and the roots.  My favorite brand is one by Traditional Medicinals.

Use for inflammation and bloat, aka water retention

The Benefits of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion patch

In the last couple three years, what I’ve used dandelion for specifically is when I’m feeling inflamed in my joints.  I’ll get up in the morning and feel more pain and stiffness than usual; I have a hard time closing my hands into a fist, more pain and instability in my knees, increase pain and stiffness in my neck and low back.  I have a supplement regimen that I follow that is helpful, however some days, due to increase in salt intake the day before, or eating something I’m sensitive to (sugar is a big culprit), as well as when the weather is cold and damp, I find that I need that little something extra to help me feel better.  That’s when I reach for my dandellion leaf and root tea.    It can make a big difference in my pain and function level.

How Much Should You Use

My experience with it has been to prepare the tea in a large mug, pour boiling water from the tea kettle over 2 tea bags.  I cover the tea cup with a saucer for about 15 minutes to make sure that enough of the tea has been infused into the water.  You may pull the tea bags out, squeezing the bags to insure you get all of the beneficial tea out of the bags.  Drink straight or sweeten with a little stevia or honey and enjoy.  You can also make it an iced tea by adding tea to a glass full of ice.  You can drink the tea a second time during the day, however I find that one dose is plenty.  Be prepared, you will urinate a lot.  Your body’s way of ridding itself of that excess water that’s stored in your body’s tissues. Warning:  Avoid drinking the tea late in the day or evening as it may have you up all night emptying your bladder.


The Benefits of Dandelion Tea
Dandelion seeds

I save taking the tea for those days when I need to rid myself of water retention and bloat.  If you have inflamed joints after increase activity, like on your feet all day, more than usual, some type of physical strain or an athletic event, that would be the time to use the tea, in my opinion.  You can drink it daily, however you will need to increase the dosage on days that you are feeling especially inflamed.  On a regular basis, I would recommend other supplement regimens to help with inflammation as well as eating an anti-inflammatory diet  Save the dandelion tea for when you need that extra help.

If you have any medical condition that requires you to take medication that has a diuretic affect, check with your medical health care provider before taking this tea.  You may also have to increase your electrolytes if you are using the tea daily.

Some people are allergic to dandelion which is in the same plant family as ragweed, daisy, chamomile, marigold, and sunflower.  therefore caution should be taken before using this tea if you are allergic to any of these.

I would love to hear from you with any questions or comments in the comments section below.

I hope you too will experience the Benefits of Dandelion Tea.

In good health,


12 Replies to “The Benefits of Dandelion Tea – Decrease inflammation”

  1. I have been reading about the anti-cancer properties of dandelions, and so when I go to the market, if they have the fresh dandelion, I always grab some and put it in my salads and smoothies.  It has a wonderful flavor, although a bit tougher texture.  I enjoy it, but anyone who doesn’t might want to smoothie it with their favorite healthy fruits.  Anyway, I did not know there was a tea.  This would be an easy way to get all the nutrition of the dandelion in an easy way by drinking the tea.  This is fantastic.  I’m definitely going to grab some!  

    Do you know where I can get some?

    1. Babsie, thanks so much for for visiting my site and for your comment.  The health food stores carry the tea.  Here in California I recommend Mother’s Market, Sprouts, or Whole Foods.  You can also purchase it online. Just Google Traditional Medicinals Dandelion Leaf & Root tea and you should get some links.  Let me know if you decide to try it and if you find it helpful.

      All the Best,


  2. Well DrDina, what a thoroughly enjoyable article and a true eye-opener. I have two family members who are currently suffering from different conditions, both of which look like they might benefit from an infusion of dandelion. How nice it is to find an alternative to the synthetic drugs that are offered over the counter. I shall be trying some myself first and then hopefully will pass on the good news to the rest of my family. Thank you. 

    1. Twack, thanks so much for visiting my site.  If you haven’t had a chance to look at the “Benefits of turmeric” article.  This may also be helpful for your family members as well. 

      I appreciate your comment.


  3. Hi Dina,

    I must admit I have been playing around your website and read a good number of your blogs but I do not have idea how to post a response over there, so I’ll tell you now how good you are at describing the stuff you are good at – I must admit I find it insightful to read your blogging. Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing the benefits of Dandelion Tea. 

    1. Ayodeji, thanks so much.  I really appreciate your compliment and for checking out my site.  I am so glad you are finding the information insightful.  All the best.


  4. I got quite excited reading your article, you have explained for me some of my bloating and pain problems, now I know it has something to do with water retention. Also, never knew dandelion was so good for those problems. I love the fact that it can be used as a hot Beveridge like coffee. You stated how good dandelion tea is for water retention and mentioned inflammation but will it help with arthritis? My mother in law is suffering from this and wondered if this would help soothe her joint pains. Thank you this information, it has really helped me to understand my own issues.

    1. Hi Ilaisaane, thank you for visiting my site. Yes, it can be helpful with arthritis. I have arthritis and this is something I use when I’m having an especially challenging day with the arthritis pain. I do, however recommend checking out a couple of my other articles about things that help inflammation. I write about eating an anti-inflammatory diet, which is important when someone is having problems with health issues such as arthritis or any other inflammatory condition I also have an article about a supplement called Turmeric which is a great supplement to take for inflammation These are things that I do regularly to help me decrease my discomfort from arthritis. Please let me know if I can answer any more questions.
      All the best,

  5. Hi Martin! Thanks for your review on Dandelion tea. I have lost count of different tea I have taken that promises to help one shed some weight, but none of them work. It is interesting that you are recommending the Dandelion tea based on your own experience. The ability of the tea to stimulate the kidneys to produce more urine is awesome.I will definitely try this when it is important that I get rid of my water retention and bloatness.

    1. Hi Gracen. So glad you find this helpful. You might also check out my post about the anti-inflammatory diet as it’s helpful, especially on a day to day, to eat foods that are anti-inflammatory. Please feel free to ask any more questions and let me know how it works for you. All the best.

  6. Even I don’t have such problems (yet), I do know people who have them, and will definitely recommend them your site to look around. Thank you for provided information!


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