Happy Hemoglobin Tea

    Dandelion: This tiny garden weed is nature’s best diuretic. All parts of the dandelion plant exhibit strong kidney-cleansing properties and aid in clearing water retention and promotes urination.


    • 3 ounces dandelion root
    • 3 ounces ashwagandha root (available at natural products stores and online)
    • 2 ounces nettle leaf
    • 3 pints water, divided
    • 2 ounces dandelion leaf
    • 2 ounces raspberry leaf
    • 3 ounces rose hips (broken or whole)
    • 1 pinch stevia leaf
    • 1/2 to 1 ounce cinnamon chips

    Mix dandelion root, ashwagandha and nettle. Stir 1 ounce of mixture into 2 pints of water. Simmer in a covered pot for 40 minutes. Turn off heat. Mix dandelion leaf, raspberry leaf, rose hips, stevia and cinnamon chips in a large bowl. Add to pot, along with 1 pint water. Let steep an additional 20 minutes.

    Dosage: 1/3 cup, 3 times per day; best before meals.

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    Amanda McQuade Crawford, host of What a Relief!, is a medical herbalist consultant, improving quality control within the natural products industry. She is the author of two popular books on women’s health, “The Herbal Menopause Book” and “Herbal Remedies for Women” and a contributing author to two recent books on natural medicine: “The New Menopause Book” and the text “Traditional Medicines for Modern Times: Antidiabetic Plants.” She currently explores for urban weeds and grows an organic herb garden in the wilds of Los Angeles.