At the Soapwalla studio, we’re big fans of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of healing that includes herbal remedies, acupuncture, and nutritional therapy. The focus of TCM is to exist in harmony with the seasons and ourselves. According to TCM, spring is an ideal time to reset and regulate the flow of energy.  Incorporating self-care into our lives can be tricky, but it all starts with intention. Taking the time to create a healing and clearing elixir is an easygoing way to start.
Dandelion Root Iced Tea (Serves 1)

  • 2 dandelion root tea bags or 2 tablespoons ground roasted dandelion root
  • ½ inch cut of fresh ginger root
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 8 oz of water
  • Light agave syrup or maple syrup to taste
Combine dandelion root, ginger, and lemon juice in a large mug. Separately, bring water to a boil and pour over dandelion root mixture, filling the cup. Add agave to taste. Let it sit and cool.  Then pour through a strainer, add ice, and enjoy. For stronger tea, double the amount of dandelion root.
Dandelion Root Coffee Alternative (Serves 2-3)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons ground dandelion root or 2 dandelion root tea bags 
  • 2 tablespoons ground roasted chicory root
  • 1 cinnamon stick 
  • 1 tbsp of ground cardamom

Place water, dandelion root, chicory root, and cinnamon stick in a pot. Bring to a boil and then let the mixture simmer for five minutes. Pour into cups through a strainer. Add coconut or almond milk if desired. Agave to taste. Chill and enjoy!
Coffee alternative recipe adapted from here
More about Dandelion Root

“Dandelion is a sunny, subtle, yet incredibly healing plant used for thousands of years in China and mentioned in traditional Arabian medicine in the tenth century C.E. It has been used for centuries, in traditional medicine practices all over the world, as a restorative tonic, edible food, and in herbal wines and beers. The root is a favorite amongst traditional herbalists as it supports the healthy functioning of the liver, kidneys, spleen, and gallbladder and is considered to be a reliable detoxifying agent. The powdered and roasted root has been enjoyed as a coffee substitute and the roots and leaves are both used in brewing dandelion wines, beer, and in digestive bitter cordials and liqueurs.” Mountain Rose Herbs

This information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor and is not intended as medical advice. Always, consult your physician and exercise common sense before starting an herbal regime.

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