Roasted dandelion root is a superhero for supporting the liver. Making a Nourishing Plot Coffee is one of the easiest ways to enable intermittent fasting and shows great success in moving metals out of the body. Harvesting and making this readily available powerhouse is not just viable, it’s abundant. 

The Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported a study using dandelion root on rats with liver damage. They reported, “Hepatic hepatic superoxide dismutase activity has been decreased in intoxicated mice and normalized in dandelion root water–ethanol extract treated groups. Metallothionein immunopositivity was strongly reduced. Treatment successfully decreased hepatic fibrinous deposits, restored histological architecture, and modulate the expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein and alpha-smooth muscle actin. Concomitantly, metallothionein expression increased in the treated groups.”

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Harvesting dandelion can be done by a child. Simply identify the sunny yellow flower, confirmed by the tiger toothed green dandelion leaf and dig. To learn more on how to identify dandelion, click here. A tap root goes straight down, making aerated soil the preferred medium.

Some find great success digging out the root by using an apple corer dug straight into the ground.

Dig deep and lift out the tap root. Consume the greens and rinse off the dandelion roots well. Cut them into small pieces and lay across a tray to be dried in the sun or dehydrator. 


Lay the dandelion pieces across a cookie sheet in a thin layer and roast for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. They burn easily, stirring the mixture at the 20 minute mark may be helpful. Put the roots back into the oven at five minute intervals to finish roasting, stirring the mixture frequently to prevent burning. The smell of roasting dandelion root granules is deep and rich. It’s a smell like no other. 

Purchasing roasted dandelion root granules is not difficult, it can be found in bulk or individual packages. It runs roughly $18.00 a pound, which, if consumed daily, will last roughly 2 weeks. Harvesting and making a pound of dandelion root granules is formidable in comparison. Farmshow says, “A grower could expect to yield about 1,000 lbs. of dried dandelion root per acre.” When dandelion greens sell for $3 a pound and the root sells for $18.00 each pound, as far as profitable farming goes, it’s a quality profit.

Regardless, the morning drink is undeniably delicious


*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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