The best detox tea! Find out how to make homemade herbal dandelion root and ginger detox tea with this simple recipe. Plus, learn all about detox tea benefits, and the best store-bought detox tea for liver detox.
I’ve been really enjoying making homemade teas and wellness elixirs lately! Judging by the popularity of such posts, like our Ginger Wellness Shots, Apple Cider Vinegar Drink, Detox Infused Lemon Water, and Detox Smoothie, I’m not alone. This homemade liver detox tea recipe is made with natural ingredients. It’s mild and soothing, and a cozy way to end the day.
Detox teas have been incredibly popular in the past few years, in part due to Instagram celebrities promoting products like “skinny tea.” While some commercially available detox teas are made with clean, gently ingredients, others are made with ingredients I would definitely not recommend.
One common ingredient in skinny detox teas is senna. Senna is an herbal stimulant laxative, and if you steep tea bags containing it too long, there’s a good chance you’ll end up with painful stomach cramps. So, if you’re going to use detox tea bags, especially ones with skinny on the package, it’s important to look over the ingredients.
Best Detox Teas
There are few store bought detox teas I’ve enjoyed for years. These are free of caffeine and stimulants. Here are my favorites:
Detox Tea Benefits
Be weary of any detox or cleansing tea products with lofty weight loss claims. They likely contain diuretics and any change won’t be lasting, it’ll just be water weight. Instead, I prefer to use or make detox teas with gentle ingredients known to support the body’s own detoxification. I can’t promise this recipe will result in dropped pounds and a cleansed body, however, the ingredients used here are traditionally used cleansing herbs that are known to support detox organs such as the liver.
This tea recipe is made with pure ingredients and warm water that make a soothing end to the day. I prefer to make my own teas, rather than use tea bags, as it’s more economical, eco friendly, and I find healthier, as tea bags are often bleached and contain unnecessary chemicals.
Homemade Dandelion Root Detox Tea Ingredients
To come up with this tea recipe, I used the same ingredients found in my favorite detox tea bags. These are cleansing ingredients that have been used for many years. Some of those are:
- Dandelion Root. Dandelion root has been used in China for thousands of years, and is prized for its cleansing properties. The antioxidants in dandelion root may help protect the liver. In one study, it prevented alcoholic liver damage in mice (NCBI). You can find dried dandelion root in some health food stores, and online.
- Ginger. This root’s best know medicinal benefit is as a digestion aid. As mentioned in our Ginger Shot recipe, it can help soothe upset stomachs and is frequently used for morning sickness. Ginger is also high in antioxidants.
- Lemon. Lemon has a long list of health benefits. One study found “that lemon juice has protective effects on alcohol-induced liver injury in mice.” (NCBI). You can learn more about drinking lemon water in our infused Detox Water article.
- Water. Most of us could use more!
Other common detox tea ingredients include: cinnamon, licorice root, burdock root, and juniper berry. Feel free to add a stick of cinnamon to this tea before adding water.
Dandelion Root Detox Tea Recipe
Place thinly sliced peeled ginger to the bottom of a large tea cup or mug. Fill a tea infuser ball with a couple teaspoons of dried dandelion root and cloves. If you don’t have a tea infuser ball, you can simmer the ginger, dandelion root, and cloves on the stove in a small saucepan, or infuse, and then pour through a fine mesh sieve.
Pour boiling water over tea infuser ball and ginger, and place a small saucer on top to help keep the heat in while the tea steeps. I have an electric kettle that I absolutely love as it boils water incredibly quickly for tea anytime. I recommend steeping this tea for 10 minutes, then removing the infuser, while drinking with the ginger still in the glass. If the tea is not yet as strong as you’d like it, keep the infuser in longer.
Add a squeeze of lemon and sweeten to taste with honey, agave, or a few drops of organic liquid stevia.
Disclaimers: Always talk to your doctor before using new herbs and supplements, especially if you are pregnant or nursing, taking any medication, or have a medical condition. Do not use if you are allergic to daisy family plants like echinacea. It’s usually recommended that you not exceed more than 1 serving per day, or use herbs longer than 2 weeks without allowing a break. You can read our full disclaimer here.
- 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons dried dandelion root
- 2 dried cloves
- squeeze of lemon
- honey, agave, or organic liquid stevia to taste
- Place the peeled ginger slices into a tea cup.
- Add the dandelion root and cloves to a tea infuser and place in a tea cup.
- Pour boiling water over and give the infuser a jiggle to get it going. Place a small saucer on top of the cup to help keep the heat in, and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove the infuser ball, and stir in lemon and honey to taste.
If you don't have a tea infuser, simmer the ginger, dandelion root, and cloves with 2 cups of water in a small saucepan for 7 minutes. Strain the solids through a fine mesh sieve into a tea cup.
Dried dandelion can be found in the bulk herbs and spices section of some natural foods stores (I found it at Lassen's in Goleta, CA). You can also order it online.
A cinnamon stick is a nice addition to this tea.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 14mg Carbohydrates: 11g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g