• 26Mar

    Dandelion Tea

    Dandelions contain the same diaretic as gout medicine and so for my diabetic mother who has gout I dried some dandelions and made her drink the tea! We checked with doctors first and this is what I would recommend anyone else doing.

    The tea appears to be working; mum even took Jean for a couple of walks up and down the drive, which with gout should have been too painful. Then she decided she wouldn’t drink anymore becuause it made her need the loo (something dad suffered too but Al and me didn’t?). As a result of not drinking the tea, the next day her gout flared up and she was in lots of pain. 🙁

    I found that the best tasting brew was created by chopping the dried roots up but leaving the leaves whole. The leaves were dried too. I put the equivalent of a 5cm- long by 5mm (sorry about the units) diameter root into a tea pot, per person. This is 2/3rds of the mix, the remaining third being the leaves.

    It needs quiet a lot of brewing/steeping, so a tea cosy is useful (I have a Rrastarfarian- looking one that Al’s aunt gave us -– I love it!). Honey is also good as a sweetener in it. I only served small coffee cups of the stuff.

    I now have a waiting list for the stuff!

    I suppose I’d best dig up a lot more dandeilions!

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