Dandelions: hate them in your garden, but love them in your kitchen. While considered weeds by gardeners, the University of Maryland Medical Center notes that dandelions have use today as an herbal supplement to stimulate appetite, digestion and liver function and as a diuretic. Powder from the dried leaves or roots of the dandelion saves you the step of roasting or drying your own dandelions, but you still get the same benefits from it. For a refreshing tea, try dandelion as an alternative to your usual beverage of choice.
Bring one cup of water to a boil over high heat in a saucepan.
Remove the boiling water from the heat and let cool for two minutes before adding one to two tsp. of dandelion powder to the water. Use more powder for a stronger tea.
Cover the saucepan with a lid for five to 10 minutes while the tea steeps.
Line a colander with a coffee filter.
Hold the colander over a teacup while pouring the dandelion tea through the coffee filter to strain.