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Dandelion tea has a long history of human usage. Chinese medicinal practitioners used dandelion to treat digestive disorders, appendicitis, and breast problems (such as inflammation or lack of milk flow).Due to good health to woman, Dandelion is also called Lady Herb Tea.
The early American colonial settlers loved the common weed and taught the Native American Indians how to use it. The Indian tribes created their own ways to use dandelion:
The Iroquois Indians ate boiled dandelion leaves along with fatty meats to avoid indigestion.
When the Ojibwas had heartburn, they drank dandelion root tea.
The Kiowa women mixed dandelion blossoms with pennyroyal as a cure for cramps and PMS.
The Mohegans drank dandelion leaf tea daily as a tonic to keep their energy levels high and to stay free of stomach aches and constipation.
Other Indian tribes collected the young leaves in the spring and ate them with other leafy vegetables.
And even now, it is not considered old-fashioned to use dandelion root, leaves or extract for common ailments.