Homemade Dandelion Root Hot Chocolate

Do you love hot chocolate in the cold winter months? Here's a recipe that includes dandelion root to make it even healthier!

Who doesn’t LOVE hot chocolate, right? Especially this time of year! There’s nothing like sipping on a mug of chocolaty warm goodness on a rainy fall day like we’ve had today. I’m not a coffee drinker myself, but give me some delicious hot cocoa and I’m a happy camper!

I’m all about making hot chocolate from scratch (instead of the packets – delicious but not generally the healthiest), and I love using raw honey instead of sugar, but how about adding some herbs to make it even healthier while we’re at it? I am always up for discovering ways to add herbs into foods and drinks I make. We can always use the nutritional boost!

Instead of making plain hot chocolate, how about we add some dandelion root for extra health benefits, shall we? It’s as simple as decocting the root into the hot chocolate water! (Which is a fancy word for simmering a hard herb until the liquid is reduced.)

Dandelion root is used by some as a coffee substitute. I think it’s plain delicious to add it to hot chocolate! Dandelion root itself yields a bitter taste, but add some cocoa, raw honey, and milk, and you’ve got yourself something delicious and nutritious to sip on!

Dandelion root is so good for you! It is one of the best blood purifiers and liver cleansers out there. It actually restores and balances the blood, making it a great help to anemia sufferers. It’s also really high in vitamins and minerals. You can harvest dandelion root in the warmer months, but I like to keep it on hand in dried form, especially for winter use. (You can buy it organic here.)

So on to our recipe now! 

Do you love hot chocolate in the cold winter months? Here's a recipe that includes dandelion root to make it even healthier!

Dandelion Root Hot Chocolate

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons organic dandelion root (buy here)
  • 3 tablespoons organic cocoa powder (buy here)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cinnamon (buy here)
  • pinch organic cayenne pepper (buy here)
  • 7 tablespoons raw honey (buy here)

Directions 

  1. Bring water and dandelion root to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and  simmer for about 20 minutes. (An herbal decoction.)
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Top with honey whipped cream. (recipe below) 

Do you love hot chocolate in the cold winter months? Here's a recipe that includes dandelion root to make it even healthier!

 Honey Whipped Cream

  • Place 1 cup heavy whipping cream in a quart mason jar.
  • Add 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • Pour in 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Shake jar for several minutes until mixture thickens.

Dandelion Root Hot Chocolate
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups water
  2. 3 tablespoons organic dandelion root (buy here)
  3. 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  4. 1/2 cup whole milk
  5. 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. pinch cayenne pepper
  8. 7 tablespoons raw honey
Instructions
  1. Bring water and dandelion root to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Top with honey whipped cream. (See recipe.)
Adapted from The Mountain Rose Blog
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/
Honey Whipped Cream
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  2. 3 tablespoons raw honey
  3. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a quart mason jar.
  2. Shake the jar for several minutes until the mixture thickens as desired.
Notes
  1. Don't shake the jar too long or it will turn into butter!
Jill's Home Remedies http://jillshomeremedies.com/

Do you use dandelion root in your diet? Share it with us in the comments below!

How To Cleanse and Heal the Liver

It is my opinion that everyone should cleanse and tone their liver.  The liver is a vital organ and it’s very important to keep it healthy.  The liver is the 4th area in the cleansing order that I recommend.  Click here to read the cause and symptoms of a damaged liver.

Here are some of the top herbs that cleanse and heal the liver:

  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Indian Gooseberry
  • Dandelion Root
  • Licorice Root
  • Burdock Root
  • Milk Thistle
  • Hawthorn Berries
  • Astragalus Root

The Bulk Herb Store has an excellent Liver Cleanse Combination called Liver Cleanse Tincture You simply buy the mix of herbs and make your own tincture out of it!  Shoshanna recommends making an alcohol tincture with these herbs because there are some very hard herbs in this mixture and the alcohol will do a better job of breaking them down.  Also, the alcohol will help carry the herbs straight to the liver to do its magical work.  If you prefer to do a glycerin or vinegar tincture, you can; it may not be quite as effective, but it will still do good. 

You can also buy a liver tincture.  A great company is Mountain Meadow HerbsI personally prefer to buy the mixture and make my own because it saves a LOT of money!  The mixture from Bulk Herb Store makes about 3 pints of tincture for less money than buying 2 oz. already made!   This is a huge savings!  I’m all about saving money, and I love to make my own medicines because it’s fun and easy!

I also like to pour some of my finished tincture into a smaller dropper bottle for convenience.  I take this tincture 3 times a day and the bottle makes for easy travel.  Save your old tincture bottles, or buy them from the Bulk Herb Store.
 

Bulk Herb Store’s Instructions for taking the tincture:
1 dropper 3-5 times a day for 3-6 months.  If you have a more seriously damaged liver, continue to take 1 dropper 1-2 times a day for 2 years.  I plan to take this tincture for 2 years because of my more seriously damaged liver {which was damaged from me ignorantly taking too many antibiotics}.

Watch below as Shoshanna gives instructions for making an easy liver tincture!
 

 
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Do You Suffer From A Damaged Liver?

The liver is a very vital organ. It’s not one of those organs that our bodies can live without, and it’s very important to keep it healthy!  The liver produces bile for the break down of fats, filters harmful substances from the blood that we consume on a regular basis, stores vitamins and minerals, converts sugars, matures red blood cells.  

A few years ago, through a live-blood analysis, I discovered I had a damaged liver.  It surprised me when the lady performing the analysis was able to tell me how I’d been feeling without me telling her, based on the condition of my liver!  My liver damage is due to my ignorance in taking medications long-term {I didn’t know better then}.  There are different severities of a damaged liver; from headaches to yellow tinted skin and eyes.  I would dare to say that most people suffer from some level of a damaged liver, due to the over use of medication and the toxins in our environment and food.

Causes of a damaged liver:

  • Environmental Toxins
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Medications – many, many medications have a side effect of liver damage {including tylenol- don’t be so quick to give tylenol to your children like most moms are}.
  • Chemicals and additives in food {i.e. high fructose corn syrup damages the liver}

Symptoms of a damaged liver:

  • Abdominal tenderness {liver is inflamed and maybe enlarged} 
  • Hormones levels are unstable
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Fatigue 
  • Acne
  • Irritability
  • Body Odor
  • Headaches
  • Short of breath and/or heavy feeling on chest 
  • Yellow tint to skin and eyes {this is a symptom of a more severe case}

Are there remedies for a damaged liver?  Yes!  I am currently taking a tincture that I made myself!  Read my post on How To Cleanse and Heal the Liver!

Do you think you suffer from a damaged liver?