As I discussed in my earlier posts, the whole dandelion is edible, nutritious and medicinal so I will keep this short and sweet. Roots can be harvested in the fall for the best potency . Then they are dried and can be made into loose-leaf tea. Many people use Dandelion Root Tea for a coffee substitute as it has a slightly bitter chicory like flavor. In traditional herbal medicine, the root tea is also used for appetite stimulation, aides in digestion, detoxifies the liver, and can also have laxative effects. Other medicinal uses include eczema treatment, joint care, and muscle aches. Please consult your health care provider before using medicinal herbs.