Teeccino Dandelion Herbal Coffees and Roasted Herbal Teas feature roasted organic dandelion root which has a long history of use as a coffee alternative in Europe and the Americas. In the early 1800’s, several articles referred to pioneers drinking dandelion coffee in rural areas of America where coffee wasn’t available. Later in the early 1900’s, roasted dandelion root was marketed as inexpensive coffee. Today, dandelion root coffee is enjoying a resurgence in popularity due to its reputation for stimulating the liver and bile flow and for being a diuretic.

Dandelions have a long tap root that is dark brown on the outside, but milky white on the inside. Its bitter notes come from its glycoside, taraxacin, along with other terpenoids that are thought to have a beneficial effect on the liver and to stimulate the digestion. It has a reputation as a mild diuretic for which it earned the French common name, “pissenlit” or “wet the bed”.

Dandelion root also contains polysaccharides and inulin, which may be responsible for some of the immune stimulating effects that dandelion root has been shown to have in some studies. The root’s inulin content is lower than chicory root, but still quite high compared to other sources in today’s diet. Some scientific studies show dandelion to be effective in blood sugar balancing. However, there are very few well constructed studies on dandelion root or leaf and thus it is hard to confirm many of its reputed health properties.

The medicinal use of dandelions dates back to the Chinese where it was first mentioned in the Tang Materia Medica written in 659 B.C.E. Later it appears in medical journals written by Arab physicians in the 10th century. The botanical name may refer to the popularity of dandelion for many health disorders. It is derived from the Greek word “taraxos” which means disorder, combined with “akos” which is Greek for remedy.

The German Commission E monograph for dandelion root and herb approves its use for “disturbance of the bile flow, stimulation of diuresis, loss of appetite, and dyspepsia.”1

In Teeccino Dandelion Herbal Coffees and Roasted Herbal Teas, dandelion root replaces barley to create certified gluten-free herbal beverages. The organically grown dandelion root comes from Eastern European countries where it is wild harvested. From other countries, different varieties of Taraxacum is sold as dandelion root, but these may not have the same health benefits as Taraxacum officinale.  Purchasing only top quality, certified organic dandelion root that is verified to be Taraxacum officinale is part of our mission to deliver products that promote optimal health for our customers!

Teeccino Dandelion Herbal Coffees Are Certified Gluten Free and 100% Barley Free.

1 Blumenthal, et. al. The Complete German Commission E Monographs, Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. (Austin, TX: The American Botanical Council, 1998) p. 120.